The goal of every autism parent is to have their child grow up and be independent and become a functioning member of society. How do you motivate your child/adult? Do you use "encouragement" - thanking the child for the work he/she has done or do you use "praise" - giving child a reward or saying how proud you are of him/her. What works best for you? Some parenting experts say that "encouragement" fosters self-reliance, whereas "praise" may cause one to depend on others. There is a difference. We would like to discuss this on our next show. Tell us what you think - call our show directly TOLL FREE at 1-877-HOPE-777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know your thoughts! We look forward to hearing from you.