5 Strategies To Eliminate Stress And Anxiety When Your Child Has A Disability.
Moving to a new home is stressful on its own. Between the piles of paperwork and endless packing, the process is rarely easy. However, when you have a child who has a disability, moving becomes even more of a challenge. Ensuring that their needs are met, that you are helping them manage their emotions, and that all critical safety precautions are taken can quickly lead to feelings of exhaustion.
Thankfully, there are strategies that you can use to make the moving process much more relaxed for both you, your child, and your entire family. Explore top tips from Las Vegas Real Estate Corner for helping your child experience less stress and anxiety during your upcoming move.
Practice age-appropriate stress management techniques
When most people think about stress management techniques, they typically think of this as a strategy for adults only. On the contrary, stress management techniques are available to children of almost every age and ability. Not only will teaching your child to cope with their emotions help them for the move, but it will help them grow into well-adjusted adults.
Depending on your child’s age, disability, and unique challenges, select an appropriate stress management techniqueto teach them. This can include meditation, deep breathing, talking with you or a therapist, drawing, or practicing progressive muscle relaxation.
Discuss the move with your child right away
Change can be distressing for children, especially if they are on the autism spectrum. Rather than keeping the move a secret to prevent an emotional reaction, discuss it with them right away. Doing so is the best long-term strategy for their well-being. When you introduce the idea of moving as early as possible, you are giving your child ample time to get used to the idea.
Depending on your child’s age, they may not grasp the concept of moving to a new home. Begin showing them pictures of the new neighborhood, your new home, and what their new bedroom will look like after you’re all settled in. Preparing them in this way minimizes anxiety, and will give them the chance to accept the situation.
Handle as many home buying tasks as you can online
If your child requires a significant amount of assistance due to their disability, leaving the house isn’t always an option. Also, if your child gets anxious leaving the house — or when you leave the house — you may also face some limitations when taking care of necessary moving tasks.
When completing the steps to sell and buy a home, do as much as you can online. Not only will this help your child feel more at ease, but it will also protect your family from the continued threat of COVID-19. You can do things such as calculate how much you’ll make from the sale of your home (factoring in realtor fees and other important factors) and even apply for a mortgage.
Ensure that your new home is safe for your child
Plan on making an offer on a home? Prior to officially moving forward, inspect the home for safety-related issues. If your child has autism, does the house have proper fencing, locks, and other safety measures? If your child has physical limitations, does the house have all the necessary accessibility modifications? Overlooking these important considerations can lead to stress and anxiety when moving into the home.
Make all accessibility modifications prior to moving
If your chosen home requires accessibility modifications, make them in advance of moving day. Trying to make your child live in a home that is not fully accessible is not fair or safe and can cause anxiety when attempting to navigate these challenges.
Plan ahead for moving day
A careful and deliberate approach to moving day can help the entire family get through the day. Moving is stressful enough, for a child with a disability, the stress can be overwhelming. In addition to packing ahead of time and hiring mover, consider ways to keep your child comfortable throughout the day. Collect items they enjoy like markers and paper, an easy craft, their favorite device complete with a few new apps, easy-to-wear headphones, a workbook or anything else that can help them pass the time while you direct movers and unpack.
While following the above guidance, be sure to talk with your child to find out what will make them feel most comfortable during the move. Personalizing the experience with their input will further reduce stress and anxiety, and lead to a much easier moving day.
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