Peggy HallidayPeggy 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: Are there any physical symptoms or markers in Autism?
Peggy Halliday: There is nothing very specific in terms of physical actual symptoms like you would have in an illness. There are sensory issues that often happen, sensitivity, either oversensitivity or under-sensitivity to sensory input like noise and lights and touch and taste and there can be delays in fine motor skills like riding and all of the delicate movements that you would have with fine motor skills or growth motor skills, the larger motor skills like walking. These things can be delayed, but there are a lot of other reasons that you get these kinds of delays besides autism. So, there are no physical markers that are specific just to autism.