As autistic children begin to grow into adults, they often want to have their own independence. It can be very difficult for a person with autism to live completely on their own though because they can create a dangerous situation. If you have a child who has autism, consider having a small home built behind your house that your child can live in when they are ready to move out on their own. The guide below walks you through a few things to take into consideration to ensure that the home is as safe as can be for your adult child.
Consider Having Everything on One Floor
The first thing you need to consider is having everything built on the same floor. It is best to not have your artistic child climbing up and down a ladder or stairs to get to a loft bedroom. Keeping everything on the same floor will decrease the chances of your child falling accidentally when they try to get somewhere within the house.
Do Not Add Every Appliance to the Kitchen
The kitchen in many homes can be one of the most dangerous places for someone with autism. There are many chances for them to be injured accidentally. It is best to create a kitchen within the space that does not have any stove or oven. Since your child will be living so close to you, they can always come inside your house to cook themselves something hot to eat to ensure that they are as safe as possible at all times. Do have a refrigerator and microwave built into the space so that your child can create their own food within their own home if they so desire.
Create a Bathroom that Is Safe
When the builder is designing the bathroom for your child's house, you need to be sure to express to him how important safety is. It is often best to have a stand-up shower installed in a small house is so that you can make the most of the room that is available. It will also be easier for your child to get in and out of when they are living alone. Be sure that the sink and the toilet are not located directly next to the shower just in case your child slips and falls. This would decrease the chances of them hitting their head on the toilet or sink.
Creating a home that is customized to suit the needs of your autistic adult child does not have to be difficult to do. If you express the needs of your child to the builder, he or she will be able to help you create the perfect home to allow your child to have the independence they need along with the safety that is essential.