Renovating the house when your child has autism may be very difficult or even outright impossible. After all, your autistic child functions best in a well-known environment, with strict routine followed every day.
Should you wait until your child becomes an adult and moves out?
Some desperate parents may give up renovating their house while the autistic child is still living with them. But they may be waiting for nothing because some cases of autism are very difficult, and it may be very hard for the child to start living independently. What should they do, then? Should they keep living in a house with the 70s décor because the child is used to it?
But if you’ve had enough and you feel that if you don’t do something about your house, you’ll explode, here are some tips for autism-friendly renovation.
Never do over the whole house at once. Do just one room at a time to avoid the unnecessary chaos and allow your autistic child to take refuge in the areas of the home he knows and is used to. So, if you’ve decided to renovate the bathrooms, start with one and only when it’s completely ready, do the other(s).
Try not to disturb your daily routine. It’s enough for your child that his home, his refuge and the only place where he’s completely safe, is changing. Don’t change other things, too.
Visit relatives and friends. Visit people with whom your child is well acquainted and whom she likes. Do it especially when some very noisy or disruptive things are happening in your home, for example, drilling.