Understanding Autism

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses basic information about 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.

    Hi, I am Peggy Halliday; I am the Program Director for Early Intervention and Outreach at the Virginia Institute of Autism in Charlottesville, Virginia. Today I am going to talk about characteristics of autism spectrum disorders. A little bit about autism's early signs and symptoms and what to do after your child is diagnosed with autism. But first let me tell you a little bit about myself, I am a board certified associate behavior analyst and I have worked in autism education for the past 10 years. At the Virginia Institute of Autism, I develop and supervise programs for young children with autism spectrum disorder and I have presented at state and national conferences. The Virginia institute of Autism is a non-profit organization which provides a day school for students with autism and outreach services including home programing. As well as other resources for parents, educators and healthcare professionals. Now, let us talk about autism.