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Could your child with Autism benefit from a Color / Design Expert?

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Have you heard of a Color / Design Expert? Lauren S. Henry, Sensory Designer and Color Consultant, found a way to combine her passions for art, kids, psychology and writing, as well as her desire to make a difference in the world. She founded an innovative new business, With a Brush of Love.

Lauren notes that, “Children diagnosed with autism and other special needs tend to be extremely sensitive to environmental stimuli, and by creating an environment for them which better suits their individual needs, you can achieve remarkable results! As you know, kids with autism are often anxious, prone to outbursts, can’t concentrate and have trouble sleeping through the night – I create surroundings that promote tranquility, security, help children sleep peacefully and ultimately… thrive!

A message from Lauren for Parents Considering A Sensory Designer and Color Consultant:

“It is up to you as a parent to decide what the emphasis of the room should be. You may have separate bedrooms and playrooms for your child. You may have an office that doubles as a playroom, or as the room in which your child is expected to study, do homework or have in-home therapies. In order for therapists to be most effective, they need to work in an environment free of distractions. That’s no easy task when using a room for multiple purposes.

We are all affected by the colors that surround us. For children, the effects are more palpable. Children, in general, are more sensitive, and more responsive to sensory information. With special needs and children on the spectrum, the effects can be magnified to the extreme. Children need to be in a surrounding that speaks to their individual needs. Parents and teachers often assume that colorful, playful décor is appropriate for all children. Unfortunately, this is very often not the case.

Remember that gender is generally not one of the more important considerations when selecting colors. Understand your child’s individual needs and select colors accordingly. For instance, an “upbeat” bright pink may seem like the perfect choice for your sweet fiver year-old little girl. She may like the color, but she doesn’t understand; and you the parent, don’t realize, that it can be the cause of agitation, and an inability to relax or focus; or bring on a feeling of over-stimulation that your little one can’t convey.  This unexpected result/reaction could manifest in the form of prolonged negative behavior.  She may be upset or frustrated, consistently unable to sleep through the night or even sleep in her room, she might even act out physically.  The neuro-typical child might have a slightly similar reaction, though it’s rare that the response would be as extreme. Just because your child loves a particular color or it is a gender specific color doesn’t mean it’s the most advantageous on a large scale in their space.”

For more information contact:  lauren@brushoflove.com / www.brushoflove.com

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