Discipline is an important aspect of parenting, but it can be especially challenging when raising a child with autism.There were so many times that I did not want to make Justin mind. I felt like life had dealt him a very unfair hand. However his teachers and dad convinced me I would not be doing him any favors by letting him misbehave.  Here are some basic rules of discipline that every child should know, including those with autism:1. Be consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to discipline. Set clear rules and consequences, and follow through with them every time. Always make sure mom, dad and teachers are on the same discipline page.2. Use positive reinforcement: Instead of focusing on negative behavior, praise your child for positive behavior. This can help encourage good behavior and build self-esteem. We used a chart and reward system. We only gave rewards one time a week.3. Use visual aids: Many children with autism respond well to visual aids such as charts or pictures. Use these tools to help your child understand rules and consequences. We also read social stories for how to behave.4. Be clear and concise: Keep your instructions clear and concise. Use simple language and avoid long explanations. Justin can only handle three directions after that he gets confused. So we keep it to three or write it down.5. Use a calm tone: When disciplining your child, use a calm and neutral tone of voice. This can help prevent meltdowns and keep the situation under control. Everyday I hear people screaming at their children don’t do this. We gave Justin a verbal warning just one then a sterner discipline. We do not raise our voices.6. Use natural consequences: Instead of punishing your child, use natural consequences to teach them about cause and effect. For example, if your child refuses to wear a coat, they will feel cold outside. This can work very well. However don’t be afraid to discipline your child with autism the same as you do your other children.7. Be patient: Remember that children with autism may need extra time to understand rules and consequences. Be patient and understanding, and don’t be afraid to seek help if needed. Be patient but also know children are the best salespeople. They know that no doesn’t always mean no and any slight hesitation could lead to a yes.Discipline can be a challenging aspect of parenting, but it is important for your child’s development and well-being. By following these basic rules of discipline, you can help your child learn important life skills and build self-esteem. Remember to be consistent, use positive reinforcement, and be patient with your child’s progress. Don’t wait until they are 15 years old 220 lbs and in a rage begin discipline early in life to build good habits. Thank you for joining us.Donna RichardsAutismfamilycircus.com