One of the most important jobs of a parent with an Autism Spectrum child is to be positive. It is important to teach others how to interact positively with your child. If you are positive toward your Autism Spectrum child, others will naturally be also. Here are a few tips I have learned from rearing my nineteen year old with Autism Spectrum. Highlight the Child's Areas of Strength When interacting with others, go ahead and make some statements in front of the child about how good he is at something. This is not bragging but is making the child feel that you notice and appreciate his strengths. Also, make positive statements directly to the child as well. This is also true with completely non-verbal children with Autism. Stop Negative Speech It is sad to say that as a parent I had to stop the negative speech of professionals a variety of times. This does not mean that you are in denial and unwilling to hear of any areas that need improvement. It means that negative remarks about the child should never be made in front of the child. This seems obvious, but an astonishing amount of times professionals spoke about my child right in front of him as though he was not there. This is unacceptable. If there is anything negative to say, let them say it when the child is not present.