Getting a New Home When Your Child Is on the Autism Spectrum

By, Elena Stewart

No matter your reasons for moving, leaving your home for another can always be overwhelming. There are so many things you must think about and keep organized, as well as the potential for countless roadblocks.

When your child has autism, you may have even more factors to consider as you plan and strategize your move. Minimizing stress for your child and other family members (including yourself) is critical. Below, The Parkey Group shares some simple insights for navigating your move.

Find the Right Home

If you’re still house-hunting, you must consider your family’s needs. Ideally, your home will be close to school, work, and other activities that are part of your weekly routine. And you’ll want to think about home features that could help your child flourish. Maybe you could ensure there is a fenced-in backyard that you modify for some of your child’s favorite activities. Or, you could prioritize a place for their indoor reading nook or safe space.

Talk With Your Family

Children on the spectrum often struggle with change. If your child thrives on routine and has trouble adjusting to new environments or practices, give them as much notice as possible when preparing to move. Even if they don’t entirely understand your reasons for the relocation, it’s important to inform them as well as you can.

Further, give your child the space to ask questions so you can explain the move in deeper detail and help them understand. Practice extra patience and continually communicate with your child as they adjust. And don’t forget about your partner; this will likely be a highly stressful season, and it’s crucial to support each other as much as possible.

Make a Calendar

Creating a calendar of your moving schedule can reduce your child’s anxiety and keep them informed. Make a printable calendar with the precise dates and times of the relocation, and continually review the schedule with your child so they can mentally prepare for the days and months ahead.

You can also incorporate visual aids to help your child understand why your family is moving. Perhaps you could use images of your old and new homes to explain the change and the steps necessary for transitioning. It’s ideal if you can visit the new home together and let your child explore the space. Try to help them envision what the new place will look like with all your family’s items.

Get a Storage Unit

Most families have belongings they’re not ready to part with when moving. If there is anything you can’t fit in your new home immediately, consider renting a self-storage unit. There are many benefits of a storage unit over a garage, and you can secure a 5 x 5 unit in the Las Vegas area for as low as $46 a month. The average unit goes for $65.

Hire a Moving Company

When preparing your moving budget, leave room for professional moving services. Trying to manage a DIY move while helping your child prepare for the changes ahead can become overwhelming, if not unbearable.

Working with reputable movers can ensure moving day goes smoothly. You can rest assured that your belongings will be efficiently and securely transported, and you’ll have more time to hang out with your child and minimize their anxiety on the big day.

Conclusion

Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Remember to be selective as you look for the perfect home for your family, and give your child plenty of notice for the changes ahead. Also, incorporate visual aids when explaining the move to your child, consider renting a storage unit, and invest in professional movers for a smoother process. Most importantly, be patient and allow your child time to adjust to their new life.

Would you like to read more helpful content or learn about our mental health services? Visit TheParkeyGroup.com today! Our therapist Freddy Valinia specializes in autism spectrum disorders. Call today 725-230-8526 for an immediate appointment.

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