5 Tips to Design a Calming Bedroom for a Child with Autism

Child sleeping

Sleep can be a huge problem for people on the autism spectrum.

Researchers estimate that 80 percent of children with autism spectrum disorder face sleep issues, struggling to fall asleep and/or stay asleep throughout the night.

Fortunately, parents can help by designing a relaxing bedroom that is more conducive to sleep.

Keep these design tips in mind as you make your child’s bedroom more comforting, soothing and safe.

Use paint with no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, to help boost indoor air quality. (DepositPhotos)

1. Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

Poor indoor air quality can exacerbate children’s health problems and affect their development. Fix the air quality in your child’s room to facilitate healthier sleep and play.

Consider using MERV 11 air filters in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system — these block 95 percent of airborne particles, like mold and pollen, which may worsen allergies or even cause illness.

While redecorating, choose non-VOC wall paint and add some air-purifying plants for an extra air quality boost.

Additionally, avoid using chemical cleaners in your home whenever possible.

A child's bedroom with pale colors

2. Choose a Soothing Color Scheme

Color plays an important role in your child’s serene bedroom environment. Choose soft, low-intensity hues for the walls, bedding, and floor. Pale blue, green and purple shades are ideal.

If your child has a favorite color they want in their room, try to compromise on a lighter version. Avoid bright, vivid colors since these can be distracting to children during play or work and will keep them stimulated in the evenings when it’s time for rest.


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