Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as is there any harm in delaying an autism diagnosis
Host: Is there any harm in delaying an autism diagnosis? Peggy Halliday: I think there is great harm in delaying the autism diagnosis. Children with autism need the diagnosis in order to receive Early Intervention Services. So, if the doctor hesitates to give that diagnosis or delays the diagnosis he is really delaying some critical time that the child could be receiving, very helpful intervention services. Well, I understand some of the concerns that pediatricians have, some of the reasons that they may not want to give the autism diagnosis if they are not absolutely sure. It is much better to give a diagnosis at least of developmental delays that can begin starting services because then you can give autistic children best hope for a brighter future.