Why don’t pediatricians screen all toddlers for autism?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses why pediatricians don’t screen all toddlers for autism.

    Peggy Halliday

    Peggy Halliday is a board certified associate behavior analyst who has specialized in autism education for the past ten years. She is the Director of Outreach Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) in Charlottesville, VA. VIA is a non-profit organization which provides a day school and other resources for families, educators, and other professionals seeking services, training or information about autism and evidence-based interventions. The Institute operates a year-round school for students ages 2-22, a 700-volume library, training workshops, internships for undergraduate and graduate students and teachers, and customized trainings for schools. Peggy supervises a wide range of outreach services, including development and supervision of comprehensive, home-based early intervention programs incorporating naturalistic, incidental, and structured teaching using the principles of applied behavior analysis; training for parents and home instructors; skills assessments, functional behavior assessments and intervention plans, and consultation on Individual Education Plan goals. She has presented trainings and workshops at state and national conferences.

    Host: Why don t pediatricians screen all toddlers for autism?

    Peggy Halliday: That s a great question. The American Academy of Pediatrics, just recently has recommended that all toddlers be screened for autism at 18 months and then again at 24 months. So, they would have had two screenings before their second birthday and this is not something that has been adopted as of yet. But, I think it's probably coming and it's an excellent idea.