Want to create the perfect bedroom for your child with autism? Maximize the therapeutic potential and create a sensory nirvana in bedrooms of every size. Let’s take a look at the options, keeping in mind that your child’s bedroom must also be a place that encourages relaxation and sleep.
- Lighting and Color. White can be quite calming and easily reflects images from an LED projector for sensory room effect. But purple, blue or green walls can also be calming when using softer shades. Once you choose the color, provide lighting accents with a bubble tube or fiber optics, enhancing the soothing effect.
- Swing Suspension. Some parents like to provide a swing for their child’s bedroom. A calming swing can be suspended from a single suspension hook to provide a great place to relax and hang out. Consider using a swivel device to reduce wear and tear on your hook and allow for gentle spinning.
- Aromatherapy can significantly enhance the room’s effect. Choose lemon and peppermint to alert and lavender to soothe.
- THE Bed! You might be thinking, “Bunk beds save space.” Don’t do it. Though they provide a great gym, kids sleep best right on the floor. For a sleep-filled night for all, consider a futon or even floor mats and your favorite bedding.
- Use the Walls. Your bedroom walls can be interactive or used to engage or calm. First, keep the walls simple and free of clutter. Of course, you can hang some photos, posters or artwork, but keep it simple to minimize over- stimulation. Place glow-in-the-dark items or mirrors for a bedroom that encourages sensory integration.
- Floor Time. Carpet, flooring? I love the idea of providing an area of the room that is soft with carpeting, mats, crash pad, or beanbag chairs. You can also use floor tiles for sensory input and interaction
- Safety Lock. If you have an escape artist, consider a safety lock on the bedroom door so you can get in but your child cannot get out. Or cut out the top of the door to create an opening so your child can see out but the lock remains intact.
To maximize the sensory benefits of a bedroom makeover, consider your child’s personality as well as the size and location of the room. Feel free to reach out to me for more suggestions and guidance.