How to help a person with Down Syndrome cope with the stress of a move

Most of the time, a move is synonymous with stress, anxiety, sadness, worries, among other things, since moving from your home and leaving your comfort zone is not an easy thing to do. In general, these feelings are the most common ones, since the whole process, i.e., planning the household goods, managing the income and expenses and hiring a company to provide this type of services, is usually quite complex.

If in addition to all of the above is added that within the family circle there is a person with Down Syndrome, it could become a bit more complicated. But, as always, all things have a solution. To relate to this condition requires patience, time and a lot of love.

However, on the other side of the coin, people with Down syndrome may suffer a lot before, during and after a move. Since, they are equally affected by the change of housing, locality and environment.

But, how can people with Down syndrome be helped when moving?

First of all, it is necessary to know which are the symptoms and attitudes that they may have in order to act correctly to help them while they are in the process of moving.

Therefore, it is important to know that stress is con-substantial in everyone’s life, or at least the brain perceives it in this way and relates it to many aspects such as desires, motivations, needs, suffering, among other things. Part of the education and culture is simplified in the conscious and unconscious. Then, different factors are interwoven to know exactly where the stress itself comes from.

Just like any other person, stress causes a sensitivity in the brain that generates different types of symptoms. For example:

  • Irritability, where helplessness is part of it.
  • It creates a lack of respect towards those closest to us.
  • Also the lack of opportunities for not having the expected results.
  • Grief, suffering, mourning, among others.

So how can you help?

Moving requires attention in all possible areas, however, priority must be given to the most important things, such as dealing with the stress of a person with Down syndrome in the middle of the process.

Therefore, the distribution of tasks in this case must be fundamental. Since, the head (leader) cannot be in charge of absolutely everything. Once the responsibilities are well distributed, it is time to give attention to the individual who requires it.

What to do?

  • The arterial zone should be clearly observed. Hypertension is not very common in people with Down syndrome.
  • Communication is a factor that can not be missing to help them calm down.
  • Ask coherent questions that do not hurt or judge their feelings: Do you want to talk? How do you feel? How can I help?
  • Explaining and remembering in an appropriate way why the decision was made and how it will help in their daily life in the future.

An important point to highlight is that many of them have language difficulties, so it is difficult for them to express their feelings and emotions to cope with stress.