One study showed that the sounds from home appliances and common pets noises from toys actually helped desensitize children with autism who may be struggling with noise. For those with autism, it can trigger a range of problems from inducing drowsiness to distraction or excessive eyestrain. You can try replacing this harsh light with incandescent lighting. If this is the effect lighting can have on the general population, think about those with special needs.
Moreover, people with ADHD and sensory overload may be unable to quickly “switch gears” in terms of the activity in which they are taking part. They may also find it challenging to register new stimuli or changes in their environment. This could lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed when something unexpected happens. The symptoms of sensory overload in individuals with ADHD vary widely, so it may be difficult to recognize the signs at first. Depending on the person and situation, people may overreact, underreact, or react at inappropriate times. They may exhibit certain behaviors, such as a higher, or possibly lower, sensitivity to their surroundings.
Keep this in mind while setting the lights of an autistic individual. Overhead lighting or ceiling fixtures can be too intense in this case. They can produce glare or reflect against hard surfaces which can be too distracting. This is why table lamps or floor lamps are considered ideal. They are good for concentration and you can also regulate the intensity of task lighting.
Fiber optics benefit sensory integration and sensory processing to allow those with sensory challenges to engage with their environment. Sensory fiber optics can be used to entice individuals to interact with their sensory room environment. L.E.D. light strips help direct soft lighting in the desired location to create a calm and relaxed environment.
Light may be manipulated by children to meet their sensory needs. Colors and lights help to increase communication and reinforce concepts such as cause and effect. A sensory room’s bedrock is abubble tube, positioned in a corner and placed in front of mirrors. Bubble tubes grab the attention of a user with their calming sensory lights and effects. They can calm or stimulate those who engage with them due to their moving, color-changing bubbles, which can soothe and catch users’ eyes.
But first, let’s talk about creating a space where all of these elements can come together. As unique individuals who move about the world, every person’s experience is different, driven by how our minds process sensory information. Many of us hardly think about this, but for people with autism spectrum disorders (A.S.D.), lighting can have a huge impact on how they react to certain stimuli and environments. The use of sensory toys to help children with autism is becoming more and more common. There are many different types of sensory toys for autism available, appealing to one or more of the different senses. Sensory toys work to engage a child’s senses in an enjoyable way.