With early diagnosis, is it possible that a child with autism may be cured?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses if early diagnosis of autism can cure a child.

    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: With early diagnosis, is it possible that a child with autism may be cured?

    Peggy Halliday: There is no cure for autism and all of the research we have shows that, many of the characteristics last a lifetime that early intervention can allow children with autism to reach their full coordinative and emotional potential.