Winner of the 2017 IDEC Book Award, 2017 EDRA Great Places Award (Book Category), 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Joel Polsky Prize and the 2016 International Interior Design Association TXOK Research Award
Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders explains the influence of the natural and man-made environment on individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other forms of intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD). Drawing on the latest research in the fields of environmental psychology and education, the authors show you how architecture and interior spaces can positively influence individuals with neurodiversities by modifying factors such as color, lighting, space organization, textures, acoustics, and ventilation. Now you can design homes, therapeutic environments, work environments, and outdoor spaces to encourage growth and learning for the projected 500,000 children with ASD (in the United States alone) who are expected to reach adulthood by 2024.
Topics discussed include:
-Environmental design theories
-Symptoms of ASD
-Sensory processing deficits
-Design needs of individuals on the spectrum at all ages
-Design methods and solutions for spaces, including residential, learning, work, and therapeutic environments encompassing a wide range of budgets
-Designing for self-actualization, well-being, and a high quality of life for the duration of an individual's life
-Avenues for healthy living and aging in place
-Environmental impact on well-being
-Strategies to promote active living as an integral part of the welfare focus.
Dedications. List of Figures. Acknowledgments. Part 1: Beginnings 1. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 2. Theories Influencing Design for ASD 3. Human-Environment Interaction 4. Perception, Cognition, and Sensation Part 2: Designing for the Senses 5. Sight 6. Auditory 7. Touch/Tactile 8. Proprioception/Vestibular Part 3: Designing Realistic Environments 9. Design Considerations for Autism Spectrum Disorders 10. Learning Environments 11. Home Environments 12. Work Environments 13. Therapeutic Environments 14. Connections to the Outdoors Glossary. Bibliography. Index
'Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders is a much-needed resource for administrators, teachers, care givers, and designers. It will be an invaluable asset that ultimately will improve the built environment for countless children and adults.' - Rupal Engineer, Principal, Design Plus LLC, Albuquerque, USA
'Designing for Autism Spectrum Disorders displays inventive environmental designs for people with disabilities, using a unique and sensitive understanding of their strengths and challenges to see these spaces from a different perspective. This attention to detail envisions beautiful spaces that allow those with autism to thrive. My organization will utilize this sensitivity as we grow our community for adults with intellectual disabilities, planning the living and working spaces we will build in the years to come.’ – Carol Whitmore, Director, Admissions and Education Programs, The Brookwood Community, Texas, USA