Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as if it's difficult to know what's different as a first time parent
Host: If you are a first time parent, is it difficult to know what is different? Peggy Halliday: It is difficult to know what is typical and not just if you are a first time parent but perhaps you have a daughter, an older child who is a daughter and girls tend to reach some of these milestones a little sooner than boys. It can be very confusing if you have a second child who is not developing at the same rate and in that case you may hear from your pediatrician, Well, girls develop sooner than boys, do not compare your son to your daughter. So, I think that we do a pretty good job as parents and informing ourselves of the physical milestones that our children should be reaching. We are looking at the age of that they are rolling over and we are waiting for these things to happen. We are looking for them to sit up at a certain age, we are looking for them to pull themselves up to a stand and take their first steps. I think we need to change the way we think about growth to incorporate the way babies act. In other ways, not just the physical milestones, but how do they learn, how are they beginning to talk, how are they engaging socially and I think we need to incorporate all of these things into the milestones that we are looking for as parents. It is just the matter of educating ourselves as to what to expect.