“Your son is autistic.”
When I first heard those words in 1991 autism was not the epidemic that it is today. It was a relatively rare diagnosis and little was known about how to care for autistic children or prepare your home for the adjustments that were going to be needed.
As my son, Mitchell, grew older it soon became clear that we would need to take some immediate steps to not only improve the safety of our home but also adapt it to become an environment that would help us facilitate learning and easier transitions for our son. Here are some of the practical steps we implemented to adapt our home:.