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Autism Spectrum Disorders (PEA), “are a neurobehavioral syndrome that originates in disorders of the central nervous system that affect the normal development of the child. Symptoms occur in the first three years of life and include three major domains of disorder: social, behavioral, and communicational.

This is a neurological disorder characterized by impairment of social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, restricted behavior and so-called stereotypies, or repetitive behaviors.

Many children with autism have a great sensitivity to the world around them. Specifically, as far as interior decoration is concerned, they usually exhibit great sensitivity to light, sound and the environment.

If you have a child with autism and are currently thinking about decorating your home, or if you know someone who thinks this text can help, read on, as I have some tips that may be useful to you.

For many autistic children, acoustics can be a real problem. The seemingly normal sound of fluorescent lights or the sound of conditioning air can be extremely disturbing. As well as the sound of our footsteps.



If you have a chance, make the rooms in your house as soundproof as possible, with soft rubber or cork carpets, which prevent noise when walking; and with material to insulate the sound on the walls. Also change the air conditioners for central heating. It will help keep the children calm.

Lighting is a very important consideration in any space. Don’t use suspended lights or lamps and opt for weaker light. The ideal is to go testing, to see how the child reacts, being that the best bet is always natural light.




Textures are another aspect that you should take into consideration. A child with autism may be attracted to bright, slippery surfaces, while another may find a slightly abrasive surface unbearable to touch. There is no common point between these two extremes. One good option are the natural materials, which can help achieve a happy between point.


A good trick when buying materials or decorating objects taking into account the texture, is to think how a person without the spectrum of autism would feel when touching a certain material. Most people preferred to touch a surface of wood rather than a metal surface, or preferred to walk on a rug rather than a rough rug … Isn’t it? So, this is a good rule that can help you when buying the materials.

Every autistic child is very different. It’s a whole spectrum of different conditions. And because of that, it always becomes a little more challenging when it comes to decorating. The trick is to be alert and sensitive to the stimuli – because the people we are designing will be even more sensitive.

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