Is Your Home Autism-Friendly?

With a disabled child under your care (whether it is a physical, developmental or learning disability etc.), your house has to reflect on the special needs that is required to make your child both comfortable and curious to learn about his surroundings. When taking care of an autistic child, your house should hold a seamless integration between sensory foreplay and other stimulating factors that would capture his interest. Read on for more information on what makes your home autism-friendly!

Sensory integration

Children with ASD can either be overwhelmed or underwhelmed by their sensory environment. Since different people have different levels of tolerance, you can adopt a soft, natural and neutral lighting. It might also be helpful to have a certain room with brighter colors for family playtime and activities, while havinganother room with softer colors that would only be used for quiet and laidback pastimes. Such rooms can also be used for studies or special interests that your child may have taken a liking to.

A space for cultivating life skills

Label your household shelves and foods so that your child can explore, educate himself and learn to communicate his needs to you. You can also re-think your shelving structures to make them more accessible to your child so that as he grows he can learn more independent approaches such as cleaning up after himself, storing items away etc. Enrolling your child into a special needs preschool Singapore that adopts the right professional techniques and therapeutic treatments will also educate you and teach you exactly how to build up your child’s skills in a home environment.

An appropriate sleeping space

Insomnia is a common characteristic of children with ASD. You can combat this by addressing certain environmental factors. For example, you can paint the bedroom walls a darker colour and use blackout curtains to limit the amount of light in the room as much as possible. Use body pillows- these encourage sleeping on your side which incidentally helps with nighttime indigestion. You can also limit using the bedroom for sleeping purposes only so your child will automatically connect getting some rest with his bedroom.

An appropriate eating space

Your child may get distracted easily so you need to find a spot that has the minimum amount of outside-influence.  You can use the dining table for eating purposes alone so they similarly associate this room with eating alone. A tip to getting your child to eat his food is to promise to reward him with a fun activity afterwards.

These are simple way to make your house more autism-friendly but remember, each child has their own levels of comfort. Adapt to his level of comfort and minimize distractions as much as possible in rooms outside the playroom and you’re set to go!

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