Moving is hard for most people, but for children with autism, moving is especially stressful. During your residential move, your child is expected to adjust to living in a new environment. There will also be lots of changes in their environment and daily routine that are sometimes unsettling for people with autism such as loud noises or watching as their things are loaded into a truck. While you should expect a few challenges, you can make the process easier for your child by using these tips to help them cope with the house moving process.
Start the Preparation Early
You need to begin talking to your child about moving as soon as you know that it is necessary. For the best results at easing their reactions, use techniques and language that you know your child responds positively to. For instance, you can show your child pictures of the new home or of families packing for a move if they respond well to visual stimulation. Alternatively, you can read books together if they tend to pore over texts for new information. Remember to keep things positive by mentioning the benefits of moving such as your child finally getting to have their own bedroom or being closer to their school. You should also provide as much detail as possible. Children with autism often need to know things such as how many home movers will be in the house on moving day to help them feel prepared.
Encourage Their Participation
Your child may also feel a greater sense of control in the face of so many changes if you give them options to help. For instance, your child may prefer to pack their prized belongings so that they know they are exactly like they want them. Alternatively, your child may enjoy helping you to create an inventory of the items that you need moving. If your child wants to help, then supply them with the materials that they need to be successful.
Provide Distractions on Moving Day
Some children with autism struggle the most on the actual moving day. Your child may need accommodations such as wearing noise-canceling headphones to deal with the noise. You may also need to take them to a different location while the bulk of the moving is being done if they react negatively to seeing people carry their belongings out of the house. You can also simply designate an empty room as a safe space for your child where you or someone else can keep them engaged with games and other activities until it is time to go to their new home.
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15 July 2019
When planning a move, you have so many things on your mind that it is easy for you to leave out the important things that need done, as well as the not-so-important things. Creating a checklist will help you get through the entire process without missing a beat. My blog will provide you with several elements that you need to remember to assist you with creating a checklist that will meet your personal needs. Hopefully, what I have included here will take some of the stress out of your move and make things move along without any problems arising expectantly.