Designing for autism is more than just creating a safe environment, it can actually make everyone in the family feel better.
In our world, where we can become overwhelmed by our own selves, we can all gain from using some of the ideas design experts use when designing for people who have sensory issues.
Today we're learning about designing for autism from three insightful designers, HGTV 'Design Star' Jennifer Bertrand, triology e-book series author on 'Designing for Autism' AJ Paron-Wildes, and Sensory Interior Design founder Carolyn Feder.
Jennifer Bertrand is best known for winning HGTV's 'Design Star' and her show 'Paint Over!' on HGTV. She also has designed for Ronald McDonald House. But more than just design talent, Jennifer is raising her son Winston, who has mixed lymphatic and venous malformations.
AJ Paron-Wildes is an accomplished interior designer in healthcare and education, with her design work appearing on HGTV, PBS, and Bob Vila. She also has a son with autism. In her triology e-book series on 'Designing for Autism,' AJ focuses each book on three stages of life, from birth to early childhood, childhood to adolescence, and from adulthood to geriatrics.
Carolyn Feder founded Sensory Interior Design to help clients overcome sensory overload. By focusing on the sensory issues inside a space, Carolyn uses her design skills to help others experience relief from sensory overload. And she finds that the relief is found from the entire family, not just the one diagnosed with autism.
We believe that design is a powerful tool, and used with care and sensitivity, design can truly change life for the better.