Big transitions, such as moving to a new home, are especially difficult if you’re a parent of a child with ASD. Without being able to put yourself in your child’s shoes, you have to anticipate what will make them anxious. Wandering, homesickness and confusion are common concerns for autistic children who experience a change in home. However, there are plenty of precautions parents can take to ease their stress.
Blogger Vanessa G. Ahern from SelfStorage.com listed 8 tips for moving a child with autism into a new home. Some of the advice she included was:
1) Make a safety plan
Safety plans are helpful for children who tend to wander and can include home alarm systems, battery operated door alarms, and GPS tracking systems.
2) Meet the neighbors
It might be a good idea to take your children around the neighborhood to familiarize them with their surroundings, as well as tell neighbors to look out for your children if they wander.
3) Plan a fun family night
Cook your child their favorite meal or order a “Happy Moving Day” cake for your family to share.
Read the rest of Vanessa’s article at: http://moving.selfstorage.com/autism-moving-to-a-new-home/
by Gauri Rangrass, Social Media Intern