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Interior Design for Autism from Birth to Early Childhood

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Interior Design for Autism from Birth to Early Childhood

A. J. Paron-Wildes

ISBN: 978-1-118-68033-9 October 2013 107 Pages

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Interior Design for Austism from Birth to Early Childhood gives designers who are creating spaces for individuals with Autism, the exact information they need to create optimal spaces that can have a positive impact on special learning and sensory needs.  This book also shows how to implement specific design strategies that can be employed in their own projects. Projects covered relate specifically to the age ranges from birth through early childhood, including schools, homes, and clinical therapy settings. The main neurofunctions of Autism are covered along with specific design techniques that can be used to address each one. Information on toxins and material selection is also included.

Overview vii

1 Rise of Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Is It Real? 1

2 Relationship of Toxins and Neurological Impairments 5

3 Neurofunctions of Autism and How they Relate to the Designed Environment 9

Acute Visual Processing 10

Canalesthesia: Object in Content 13

Canalesthesia: Sensory Integration 16

Impaired Assignment to Incoming Social Stimuli 18

Decrease in Affilitative Behavior, or Imitation 21

Impairment in Distinguishing Stimuli and Their Significance 24

Brain Dysfunction: Asociality 26

Reduced Attention Selection and Recognition 27

Delayed Attention Shifting or Transitioning 33

4 Types of Spaces 35

Home Environment 36

School Environment 46

Therapy Environment 55

Clinic Environment 59

Residential Placement 66

5 Project Planning and Research 71

Find a Consultant 72

Listen 72

Pilot Areas or Mockups 74

Codes and Officials 74

Research 74

Checklists 74

6 Implementation and Construction process 83

General Contractor Selection 84

Off-gassing or Flushout Period 84

7 Outcomes and Celebrations 85

Metrics 86

Celebrations 87

8 Conclusion 89

Additional Research 93

Index 95