As the parent of an autistic child, you face more struggles each day than many parents experience each week. When the time comes to move from one home to another, there's a process to getting through the change while limiting the battles experienced before, during and after the move. Here, you'll learn a few tips that can help your family through this challenging time.
Work with Professionals
Do you have an autism treatment specialist working with your family? If not, now is the time to start. This group of professionals will help your family learn the best way to deal with a change as substantial as this.
The treatment specialist will provide you with tools and understanding that will go a long way in helping you through the move and adapting to the new home with ease.
Hire a Moving Service
You have enough on your plate without having to worry whether the plates have been wrapped well enough when they're packed, or if the boxes were moved out of the attic. Instead of stressing yourself out over whether or not everything is packed and moved, hire a group of professional movers.
Contact several moving companies and inquire about the services offered by each. Find the companies that offer packing services, as well as moving – this is the service that will save you hours of work and tons of stress.
Visit the New Home Often
Take the time to visit the new home as often as you can. The more time that your autistic son or daughter spends in the new home, the more comfortable he or she will be when you begin to unpack the boxes and set things up.
While you're there, take pictures of each area of the house, the yard, the playground where your child will play – all of the everyday things that your child will need to adapt to. Create a picture book for your child to look through during the days leading up to the move.
Pack the Essentials Last and Unpack them First
The things that your child relies on each and every day should be packed last and unpacked first. Instead of loading the boxes of essentials up on the moving truck, transport them in the family vehicle so that you know that they are ready to unpack as soon as you arrive. Giving your child the things that makes him or her feel comfortable will help the entire family tremendously.Share