“Design is about creating one’s real lifestyle, one’s real place in the world. Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s wellbeing.”
Adapting and designing a home environment that stimulates creativity, enhances wellbeing and promotes independence is important for all children, and especially kids with Autism. The home environment plays a huge role in child development and it’s important to learn how adapting areas in the home can create a more “autism-friendly” feel. And, the home is the perfect place to start!
Nowadays most family lifestyles are full of busy schedules and back-to-back moments throughout the day. Sometimes routines change instantaneously, causing distractions occur, and so, coming back home should be looked at as a place of sanctuary for our loved ones. While children with Autism can be more sensory sensitive to loud noises, bright lights, too many people and new settings, this can also be the case for individuals at any age.
Therefore, designing a therapeutic home environment that serves as a safe space, a place where learning and growing can take place in a calming way, is recommended by many therapists. For example, providing your child with a space of their own to relax, where there is room for them to explore, without clutter, is a great way to help prevent overstimulation. This is also the case for colors, lights and other designs in the rooms. Using hues that are calming like blues, greys, violet, and other light colors has been shown to help create a more relaxing ambiance.
Designing designated spaces with visual aids is also helpful when adapting spaces in home environments. Children can feel more settled when they know where certain tasks take place, and this is a huge factor when working on developing greater independence. When kids know where they are to complete a specific task, such as cooking, having a space to do so can help them to remember the steps. And, once rooms are designed in a clutter free, calming way, and spaces are designated for different activities, purchasing complementary furniture and resources are key!
Interested in hearing more about how to set children up for success by designing the best home lifestyle for your child? You can learn how through adapting and designing environments and using transition activities that support each individual developmental stage. If you need support in getting started, Pieces of Inspiration is offers one-of-a-kind courses, weekly informational resources, and ongoing strategies that promote child development and independence.
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