Creating A Better Home Environment (If You Have An Autistic Child Or Not)

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A happy home environment isn’t only important for your neurodiverse child. It is equally beneficial for every member of the household, including yourself. After all, the home surroundings provide the foundation for building a better lifestyle. 

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It does take a conscious effort to improve the home setting. On a brighter note, though, simple changes can yield huge results. Focus on the ideas below, and you won’t go far wrong.

 

Declutter

 

A cluttered home isn’t much fun for anyone. However, claustrophobic vibes may be even more problematic for a child with autism due to a potential sensory overload. Experts like Junk Rescue can help you quickly regain control of the situation by removing unwanted products from the home. Or waste from the backyard. Better still, you’ll know that the items will be disposed of in a responsible way.

 

Decluttering will make the home feel bigger and reduce the sensory stimulants. If nothing else, it creates more space for making any adjustments to support your child.

 

Keep The Home Clean

 

Implementing improvements is one thing, but maintaining them is another way. A dedicated cleaning schedule that takes your lifestyle and commitments into account is vital. Some homeowners find that outside help is required. For most, though, it is possible to take control of the situation with boosted organizational skills. This is a good opportunity to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products too.

 

In addition to regular cleaning throughout the week, you must be sure to change the filters on vents. Maintaining good air quality will make a world of difference to your home life.

 

Focus On Promoting Downtime

 

The home environment should be a place to relax and feel comfortable. If your child has autism, it is best to limit home therapy to the essentials. No child wants to dread spending hours at home in therapy. Creating a dedicated quiet space for them to relax and enjoy their own company can be very useful. Aside from helping your child, it allows parents to establish a more traditional home setup.

 

If you can identify any items that are causing a sensory overload through sound or visuals, remove them. Even smells and lights can be problematic. Do not overlook them.

 

Make It Safe

 

All neurodiverse children are unique. However, it is not uncommon for them to be less aware of danger. Parents have an even greater responsibility to childproof the home with electric socket covers. Or locks for cupboards that hold dangerous items. Meanwhile, experts at Schlage can help you find better door locks. Aside from stopping kids from escaping, it prevents burglars from entering the home. 

 

A safe home is a happy home regardless of who lives there. When combined with the other steps mentioned above, the homely vibes will reach new heights. 

 

Get Started

 

Finally, the best advice is to stop thinking and start doing. The sooner you implement some of the changes above, the sooner you will unlock the desired results of a better home environment. For the sake of yourself as well as your loved ones, get started now.

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Kori

Content Creator at Kori at Home
Kori is a late diagnosed neurodivergent mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, and coach; Kori shares neurodivergent life in a neurotypical world while helping others to do the same. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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