Take Time To Praise Accomplishments of Your Child with Autism

Take Time To Praise Accomplishments of Your Child with Autism

I spend a lot of time worried about my son’s future. I tend to concentrate on what he needs to learn, and forget to appreciate what he has accomplished. The last couple of days, I have been paying attention to the things that he can do on his own.


He can help make his bed. He can completely dress and undress himself. He’s potty trained. He can follow my directions. He can put his clean clothes away on his own. He can operate his electronics in his bedroom and the other rooms in the house.

He’s a great helper in the kitchen. He likes to spend time with the family. He enjoys going out to different stores. He is starting to make progress with both his OT and Speech therapists. He is eating a few new foods.

I think it is important to take time to appreciate and praise your child. My son has accomplished a lot. He still has a lot to learn, but I am proud of the progress he has made. He enjoys being praised. The smile on his face when I tell him what a great job he is doing is priceless. When we are working on a difficult task, and I see him struggling, I set him up for success. When he succeeds, he works harder. I am then able to progress the difficulty of the task and he will work harder to accomplish it.

Repetition, hard work, and praise are the keys to my son’s success. I have to constantly remind myself that I need to step back and access his progress. By doing that, it gives me more hope and patience. Hope in what he can still accomplish, based on what he has accomplished. Patience in how we work together, because I remember where he once was and what great accomplishments that have been made over time. There’s no to know how much my son will learn. There’s no way of knowing what he will be like when he is an adult. I try not to think about it. I prefer living day by day. As long as I continue to see progress, there’s no limit in what he will be able to do in the future.

4 comments to Take Time To Praise Accomplishments of Your Child with Autism

  • I think that is true with all kids. With my kids, it sometimes feels like I am harping on what they wont do. I need to notice the things they will do too.

  • Hi Tammy, I posted a page about your article and several linkbacks to your site on my Bible blog http://www.budgetbibles.com Please visit and let me know if you approve. ( I am new at blogging)
    Tears streamed down my face as I read this beautiful article on praising kids with autism ..LOL can barely type now as they keep falling. Thank you, God Bless you for sharing your son with us, your life with us. Your a wonderful Mom with a wonderful child! My son is my hero who amazes me by his loving heart and strides accomplished in all he has been through and goes through. I am blessed with him, a precious gift of God so special in every way. Raising him is most difficult but most rewarding! My son is 8 and we struggle together with severe ADHD and highly functional broad spectum autism.
    I have been working on my wholesale Bible website and new blog non-stop for 3 days. Let me tell ya, I would have been much better off had I read this first! My son is the type who soaks up any kind of attention begging for more. The more time I spend with him, play with him, teach him, or even disipline him, the more he hungers for it. He just can’t get enough. So when I am working on projects that take more of my time than usual for a single Mom, self employed, online Bible distributor, well my boy becomes a wild child. As I stopped to feed him, read instructions for his workbooks, or explore his room with him for a new twist of playing with his favorite toys, Sam would grasp at ways to stall me from going back to my work. The sheer knowledge that all too soon for him I would be back at it, engrossed in thought, staring at my laptop, typing away was just too much for him to handle. I can’t count the times I fussed, asking him why he was misbehaving so much while I was trying to work AND help him too. Had I done the same things but said much different things to him like you have mentioned we both would have been happier! I am definitely going to write down a special praise Samuel list for extra busy work days. Thanks again for sharing! Prayers for you, your son and family! Every blessing, Annissa

    • Tammy

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m a strong believer that if I can touch just one person with my blog, everything I do is worth it.

  • [...] I wrote a post about praising my autistic son.  We work hard together, and I appreciate how patient he can be when I’m not using the right [...]

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