When decorating your autistic child’s room, it is very important to take his special needs into consideration. As this is his own personal space, you do not want his room to be upsetting and stressful for him.
Here are some tips to help you decorate your child’s room -
1. Safety always comes first.
When choosing the furniture for your child’s room, safety should be your main consideration over beauty and style. You want to create a safe room to prevent your child from getting hurt. It is a good idea to secure large furniture to the wall as well as to pad all hard and sharp furniture. Always cover all electrical outlets and avoid using window blinds as these have cords which can potentially be dangerous for your child. You should also properly pad all hard and sharp furniture to avoid any potential injuries. In the same manner, all toys and other items should be within your child’s reach to prevent him from climbing on top of furniture to get something.
One thing you need to remember is to not use fluorescent light as it can cause seizures in autistic children.
2. Opt for lighter colors.
When painting your child’s room, it is always best that you choose lighter colors. If your child’s favorite color is too bright, opt to use a lighter version of his favorite color instead. Keep in mind that bright colors can overstimulate your child and make him feel stressed. If you want a calming color, opt for light blue or aqua.
3. Keep his room clutter-free.
You can avoid overstimulating your child by keeping his room as simple as possible. Use simple decor and keep it minimal. Make sure that his room is always tidy and clutter-free. Use storage bins or boxes and keep as many things out of his room. Any item that is not needed or used should be stored.
When redecorating your child’s room, always keep in mind that little changes are always better. Do not make any drastic changes as doing so will only upset your child. You may also want to consult with your child’s doctor to ensure that you have the appropriate lights, sounds and decorations for your child’s room.