It’s not that far from where we are living right now, so it isn’t a huge location change for us. As our son has never lived without his Grandma(that he remembers), this is a big step for him. He has never been able to have his room as totally his and be able to decorate it to fit him and his personality. I think we are looking forward to this part more than he is!
Moving is always a stressful undertaking and special needs children sometimes need a little more hand holding. Sometimes the process of moving can make a child regress for several months until a new routine and surroundings become familiar enough to them.
Before you move, you should speak to your child’s doctor to make a plan for the move so that you and your child are not fully stressed out. You will need to also sit down with your child and talk to them about the move. Explain what is going to happen and either show pictures or take them to the home before the move. Sometimes by visiting the home before moving can help alleviate some of their stressors and will help them relax more because it is now a familiar place.
If your child is in school, you will need to contact the new district you are moving into and make arrangements to transfer all of the paperwork. Oftentimes if you are moving within the same state, the districts are very familiar with how other districts run their special needs divisions and so the transition is almost seamless.
Since we are moving into a two story home, we are planning to thoroughly baby proof the home. With special needs kids, sometimes you have to extra-baby proof things in order to prevent issues from coming up. We are planning to place a lock on each of the windows so he doesn’t fall out of the windows. Knowing our son, that is a real possibility!
Since we are moving locally, we are able to essentially have most of everything moved before we bring our son over for the first night at the house. His grandma will take care of him until we have his room and the house mostly set up. This is an ideal situation for special needs children, but not always possible if you are moving a long distance.
Make sure that you keep all of your paperwork for your child handy so that if anything comes up with the new school, you can fax over IEP information or any other doctor reports as needed. I would recommend keeping these items with you until you are fully moved. Things tend to be misplaced when there are boxes everywhere.
There is no one way to move a special needs child, but as long as you have a game plan and have discussed the move with all of the therapists and doctors in your child’s life you should be fine. They can often give you tips that apply to your child since they work with them. Moving is always an adventure and hopefully it won’t be so stressful for everyone involved!