Creating a Cool Down Room
Creating an effective environment, one that helps children adapt adequately often maximizes your child’s chances of success. Totally revamping a living agenda is often unfeasible, but some small environmental changes may provide some help and help your child thrive. Some of the following ideas can help get you and your family started on providing a more comfortable home.
Any unused spaces or rooms can be easily turned into cool-down rooms in your home. The purpose is to provide a safe space for your child when they experience aggression and need an outlet that promotes de-escalation. The room essentially creates a space they can be alone and relax. Furnish the room with your child’s safety in mind, typically using soft objects and minimal clutter. Keep furniture clear from windows and have sensory objects available when needed.
Install Alarm Systems and Utilize Safety Locks
Utilize safety locks and equip all windows and doors with them to prevent your child from wandering, a tendency usually displayed with autism. Available today, smartphone based locking systems function without keys and allow you to control them from almost anywhere. Alarm systems are also another resource to prevent unexpected and unwanted exiting.
Provide a Suitable Workstation
Children with autism need a space where they can create and work productively, regardless of work, therapeutic tasks, etc. Equipping your child’s room or study area with a large work station that is free of clutter is essential. Keep in mind how your child sits and works; some thoughts should go into their chair style to keep them safe and secure. Adding padding to the surrounding areas is a reasonable idea to limit any potential dangers and prevent aching joints after hours of playing.
Pay Attention to Colors
Take note of your child’s color preferences to create the most comfortable and effective space. Colors can often have a significant impact on mood, so you’ll want to include colors in your home they find pleasing.
Install Comfortable Lighting
Similar to color, lighting can have a large impact on mood and energy levels of everyone in your family. For children with autism, environmental conditions with regards to lighting can even be more impactful. Avoid fluorescent lighting, as they can cause fatigue and shorten attention spans.