Parenting Special Needs Magazine March/April 2017 : Page 27

What colors are the best Greens and Blues: According to research, children, typically, like muted tones of blue and green. These colors have shorter ZDYHOHQJWKV WKDQ EULJKWHU FRORUV DQG GRQ·W FUHDWH DV much stimulation in the brain. Softer hues tend to create a lesser/lowered feeling of chaos inside them. Pastel Colors: Pastel colors offer a calm, peaceful feeling and might just add to the “safe-space feeling” when a child is over-VWLPXODWHG7KHVHFRORUVFDQDOVRDGGWRPRUHEHQHÀFLDO&#0f; restful sleeping and, perhaps, a better “rested” morning person, as well. Neutral Tones: Artistic curiosity is a common theme with children who have sensory issues. Neutral-toned paper (tans and grays) seem to work best to keep sensory issues at bay as they tend to allow for writing, painting or drawing but are muted so as not to over-stimulate. Lights to Avoid: Florescent lighting has been known to cause headaches and eye issues in people WITHOUT any sensory issues; imagine what might happen for someone who does have sensory issues? Natural light, whenever available, does a much better job at maintaining calm and improving attention. Source/References: Jaime Vargas-Benitez et al… CHALLENGE: CHALLENG CHA AL A LL LENGE To create a sensory space shared by a brother and sister Kaitlin Kurutz, behavior assistant, assisted in rooms one and four. She also created a smaller sensory space in room 3. She created a smaller VHQVRU\ERDUG&#0f;ÀOOHGDFDOPLQJER[ with sensory toys and a got the little girl a Snuggle Huggle from InYard. MAR/APR 2017 PARENTING SPECIAL NEEDS.ORG 27

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