Tips on Room Colors for Children with Special Needs

Kids' Room in Natural AtmosphereColor is one element of the interior that cannot be neglected. The interior design for a children’s room is often dominated by bright colors. But for children with special needs, autism or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), the right color selection and placement can have a positive impact.

Children with autism generally have problems in processing the stimuli received by the senses. Most children with autism are hypersensitive or tend to overreact to stimuli received. In contrast, children with autism who are hyposensitive have very less sensitivity to the stimuli. They tend to not care in the world including the space where they are. Meanwhile, children with ADHD generally have difficulty in concentrating or focusing in completing a task. They are very easily distracted on other things around them.

Colors for every need
The role of color for children with autism / ADHD is giving a quiet atmosphere so that children feel comfortable doing their activities in it . Soft pink, blue and green cause a soothing effect and a calm and quiet atmosphere. Children with autism tend to have different reactions to colors. Some children like a certain color and react negatively to the other colors. This should be avoided. The use of bright colors, when it is not excessive, can give kids a particular atmosphere that can make they feel comfortable in the room. For hyposensitive children, bright or warm colors are necessary to stimulate their senses.

Color application in the interior
Whatever color you choose, the most important principle when applying it in a room is to avoid complexity. One of the problems of children with autism and ADHD is that their concentration is easily distracted. Too contrasting color combination or the use of too many colors should be avoided, such as striped wallpaper with contrasting colors or a complicated patterned. In design, color is often used to give emphasis on certain details in the room. But for children with special needs, that would be best avoided because excessive detail can interfere with their concentration and attention.

The proper application of color not only give aesthetic elements in a room, but also provides psychological benefits for children with special needs.

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