When you design a bedroom for children who are autistic, you should consider the interests of the children, degree of autism, and their age. Safety must also be considered when designing the room. Sensory stimulation is also needed for children who are autistic. Children on the upper level of functioning on the autism spectrum will be less destructive compared to those who are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Here are some useful tips to consider when designing the room of a child with Autism:
- The room should be visually stimulating and safe.
- To keep the bedroom safe, it is recommended that you childproof the entire room. You should use study and heavy chest of drawers that is low to the ground. Most autistic children lack the awareness of danger and like to climb on top of furniture.
- You should also install childproof latches on the drawers of the chest. These will stop the kids from opening the drawers all of the way. This will stop the drawers from falling on the child and prevent accidents.
- Find all the electric outlets in the room and place childproof outlet covers on them. This will prevent the child from sticking their fingers or other items into the outlets.
- You should also use sturdy bookcase in the room that is not too tall. Make sure that it will not topple down when pulled by the child. It is also vital that it is not tall enough for the child to go up and get injured if one falls down from it.
- The furniture in the room must not have sharp edges. This will prevent injuries when the child bumps into the edges. Covers can be made out of foam rubber and can cushion from collisions in the future.
- When decorating the room, it should be painted in the child’s favorite color. It provides a stimulating environment to the child. The bedding must also be in the child’s favorite color. Autistic children are resistant to change and having colors that they like will make them feel comfortable.