We all want our children, no matter what age, to be happy, healthy and strong. Our environment plays a key role in how we grow, adapt, socialize and maintain inner balance and peace. These 5 tips were created by the team at Cruelty Free Casa // DiMare Design for parents and caregivers of children/family members with ASD or other sensory processing challenges.
When designing a space for someone with autism, the same rules apply to both children and adults and even those without any developmental differences. However, someone in the spectrum of Autism is more likely to be sensitive to their environments than most.
The design of their spaces should provide a sense of security. Because if they don’t feel secure, they might feel unsafe. That unsafe feeling can lead to anxiety and anxiety causes all of us, with or without developmental differences, to shut down. In addition, the area we design must aesthetically be positive, or it can cause boredom. Boredom can lead to depression for so many.
The goal for the environment we create for someone in the spectrum of Autism is to design a space for optimal development mentally & physically. The design should be sensory, feel safe, foster independence and provide the appropriate positive stimulation.
With That Being Said, Here Are Our 5 Interior Design Tips For Autism:
Individuals on the autism spectrum are extremely, and at times, painfully sensitive to sounds. Providing sound insulation and allowing for manipulation of sound pressure levels is helpful. One way to do that is by adding pink noise. Sound machines have pink noise!
Pink noise is calming and soothing and used to help people with sleep issues. To the human ear, pink noise sounds “flat” or “even.” Nature is full of pink noise:
- Rustling leaves
- Steady rain
White noise, on the other hand, can be very disturbing to those with ASD. White noise stimulates the brain. Calming the brain is the goal. So avoid;
- Whirring fans
- Radio or television static
- Hissing radiators
- Humming air conditioners
- Fluorescent lights
TO HELP ABSORB SOUND IN THEIR SPACE, ADD ITEMS LIKE:
- Thick, soft blankets
- Oversized pillows which are also multifunctional
- Well-organized bookcases help minimize clutter and serve as sound buffers when placed against shared walls. Add Stackable storage bins with pictures, symbols or words according to your child’s needs. Foster independence by teaching children & young adults to clean up on their own. Plus tidiness is always key. A cluttered space is a cluttered mind and those with ASD already have very busy minds.
- Cork boards cut down on outside noise as well. The natural material is typically autism-friendly, and the board offers a versatile display area for artwork, achievements and photos.