When do parents begin to worry something might be wrong?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses the symptoms and diagnosis 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: When do parents usually begin to worry there might be something wrong?

    Peggy Halliday: Parents usually express concern between 12 and 18 months, this varies quite a bit and there are some parents who say that they noticed that something was different in their child almost from birth, but if a child is developing normally in terms of the physical milestone when they are rolling over and sitting up and pulling them themselves up to a stand. There is more subtle differences in terms of their social interactions may go unnoticed. But around 12 to 18 months parents are really starting to look for language to develop in those -- in their children. So, when that language does not develop as expected that often is the first clue to parents if something maybe going on that worrisome.