When your child is diagnosed with autism, you will need to make a variety of adjustments to your life to ensure that they are happy and comfortable. This does include making the right changes to your home. Let’s explore some of the ways that you can change your home to ensure that it is going to be more suitable for a child with autism.
First, you should think about noise control. It is incredibly common for children with autism to have sensory issues. In some cases, noises will seem heightened to them even though they are a normal volume for you. One of the ways that you can tackle this issue is by controlling noise in your home. You should ensure that the walls and floors of your home are more insulated so that noise doesn’t travel through the property. Carpet is useful for this, but you can also consider using foam in some areas where it might be appropriate.
Some children with autism do not respond well to homes that are a mess or that are overly cluttered. Indeed, this can be incredibly stressful for them and they often want to be in a space that has a certain level of structure to the layout. As such, you might want to declutter your house. You should get rid of anything that you don’t use, doesn’t add anything to the design and is essentially just taking up space in your property. Do this and you might find that your child is far happier. This can also help to avoid injuries which are also quite common for children with autism as they can have issues with motor control.
It’s common for children with autism to be incredibly selective about what they will and won’t eat. This can be a nightmare for parents as it means that you always need to have certain foods in. One thing that you might want to consider is rearranging your kitchen so that you do have more storage space for different foods. You might even want to make room for a second refrigerator so that you can buy certain items in bulk and avoid a potential meltdown.
Finally, another common factor for children with autism is that they do not like to be left alone. Children with autism are more likely to struggle to go upstairs by themselves or even be in separate rooms throughout the day. You can make it easier for them by redesigning your home so that it is more open plan. Do be aware that a change like this can be quite complicated. As such, you will likely need the support of a professional to ensure that it is completed the right way without any issues.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key ways that you can change your home to ensure that it is autism friendly. If you take the right steps here, you can ensure that your home is a haven.