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: Do young children resist such teaching, preferring to just play?
Peggy Halliday: Actually children on the Autism Spectrum tend to really like structure because they don t know how to play on their own. That s not a skill set that they have, they really enjoy the structure that tells them what they should do when and so, contrary to what a lot of people think, if you give them time which would be a free play time, then you think children would enjoy that, something that can produce a lot of anxiety in children with autism, that they really do like the structure that they are given in Intensive Behavioral Program.