How To Design a Calming Room for Autistic Kids
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From the Designer's Notebook:
An intuitive very artistic little girl was not sleeping in her room. Wonder why? Her parents thought it was because she loved her baby brother so much, she wanted to be with him, when in fact his room is large and uncluttered with sand-colored painted walls to match the carpet.
1. This bedroom is a perfect example of over doing it with a child's favorite color.....from painful bottom (at a kids's eye level) to top sponged uneven stripes, ballerina border with scalloped edges, sponged walls, and a ceiling that is a completely different pink. The bedding is screaming magenta and orange stripes... harem netting also magenta and orange.
2. Intuitively she arranged her toys with their back to the room, buffered by the wood footboard. Notice the electrical cord exposed and hanging, plastic makeup table in bright pink. There is no place to rest the senses other than the great soft looped sand-colored carpet.
3. Though the room is still in progress, you can see the huge difference.
4. This is a closeup of her new bedding. No surprise she is starting to sleep in there now. It is a greenish aqua - she loves swimming, so this is very soothing and gives her 'natural references'.... 'watery' walls and ceiling.