April is National Autism Awareness Month. The CDC currently estimates that 1 in 110 children in the United States have an autism spectrum disorder. Here are some ideas for decorating with autism in mind:
- Cool, soothing colors like greens and blues will minimize stimulation (of course, if a child expresses a strong preference then that should be taken into consideration).
- Safety is paramount; beyond standard childproofing recommendations, seek furniture without sharp corners. Upholstered frames look great and are perfect for children who are graduating to big-kid beds.
- Minimize clutter. Implementing toy storage solutions that keep play things out of sight will prevent the visual chaos that can be so disruptive for a child with autism.
- Additional insulation will diminish ambient noise and an area rug or carpeting can also help. Opt for cordless blackout window treatments.
- Children who love to collect will take great pleasure in a well-designed display system where they can arrange and observe their beloved objects.
We culled the above recommendations from Autism Learning Felt, Autism At Home Series and design + autism. Check out those resources for more suggestions, and please share your own experiences and ideas in the comments.
(Image: Ikea Stuva furniture)