“Color has a great deal of impact on our emotional state. Consider how the color and lighting of a room makes you feel, you may realize that you have an immediate, and in some cases, visceral response. Your child will most likely have an immediate and more significant reaction, and if the colors provide the wrong kind of stimulation, the emotional response may lead to aggressive behavior, either verbal or physical…conversely, they may also completely withdraw or shut down. Soft blues and greens tend to calm and are often colors your child may naturally gravitate to if they are feeling in need of tranquility and re-assurance. Yellows and pinks are mildly stimulating depending on their level of brightness. Shapes and patterns have to be utilized carefully as theycan assist one child and negatively affect another. Visual chaos is very important to consider when deciding upon a pattern or design element. To be safe, stick with one and use it sparingly or as an accent. Don’t combine too many colors, shapes or patterns in one space. There is no color or pattern that is ideal for children diagnosed with autism or various special needs as each child is different. Pay close attention to your child’s individual needs, and whenever possible, consult a specialist, but always trust your gut – Mothers KNOW stuff! Intuitively… so if something doesn’t sit well inside you, get a second, third, fourth opinion,,, until you feel satisfied – but don’t ignore your gut!
Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm by Lauren