The Benefits of Celebrating Your Child on the Autism Spectrum

“The benefits of celebrating your child on the autism spectrum from the Autism Treatment Center of America® and The Son-Rise Program®:

‘I love that you just shared that story with me.’
‘It’s just the best thing ever when I get to see your eyes!’
‘Woohoo, you are an amazing tooth-brusher.’
‘Thank you for giving me your car; you’re the best friend.’
‘You were really gentle when you took my hand; I love that.’
‘Yay, you just pooped in the potty; way to go!’
‘Your sounds are wonderful; I love hearing your voice.’
‘Thanks for playing with me; that was really special.’
‘That’s an awesome question; I’d love to answer that.’

“These are all examples of celebrations. Celebrating your child on the autism spectrum has many wonderful benefits; here are some of them:

  • “Celebrating your special child shines a spotlight on what they are doing and helps them do it more. Looking into your eyes, communicating, learning skills, playing with you, etc., are all things that you want your child to continue to do and master. Celebrating these things, no matter how big or how small, encourages our children on the autism spectrum and supports their ability to keep trying and keep growing.
  • “Celebrations deepen your bond with your special child. You want your child to trust, share, and learn from you, right? Being a cheerleader for your child on the autism spectrum will strengthen your connection and show your child on the autism spectrum how fun and awesome people are.
  • “Celebrating lowers stress levels. Cheering, clapping, excitement, and expressing gratitude raise dopamine levels and increase motivation. When you celebrate your special child, you will not only be supporting them but helping yourself to feel happier; it’s a ‘win-win.’

Becky Damgaard, Senior Son-Rise Program Teacher

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