How to Create an Autism Friendly Space
What you'll learn
- How create a sensory room/space.
- How to decorate a space to make it more accessible to autistic people.
- Health and safety considerations when creating a space.
- An interest in creating an autism friendly space.
Autistic people process the world differently, and this difference can make it hard for us to feel comfortable in certain rooms and spaces. Around 90% of autistic people, across the spectrum, have sensory sensitivities (hypo and hyper sensitivities) which can impact how we are able to manage stress and anxiety.
Many autistic people struggle with the daily sensory bombardment 21st century life presents. Harsh lighting, overstimulating patterns, strong unnatural smells, rough/cold textures, loud noises and so forth can make daily life a challenge. This coupled with uncertainties and the unpredictable nature of the world can create a sense of isolation and anxiety.
But it doesn’t have to be that way in your space! By making some small (and very reasonable) adjustments you can make your space much more friendly. In this course we will learn how to do just that!
About the author:
Timothy Sproule has been working with autistic children and adults for 13 years using martial arts to help with their development. He was a befriender for the NAS (national autistic society) and member of his local committee between 2009-2019 and is now an ambassador for the European branch of Fighting for Autism.
Timothy was diagnosed with asperges syndrome at 7 years old and understands the struggles and stigma faced by autistic people as well as their skills, abilities and potential.
Who this course is for:
- People trying to make their home more autism friendly.
- Workplaces which want to cater for autistic staff or visitors.
- Anyone interested in creating autism friendly spaces.
For thirteen years I have been helping autistic children and adults to develop their social abilities, build confidence and to learn life skills – primarily through martial arts. I was also a committee member of our local autism charity and am now an ambassador for Fighting for Autism.
Using my experience, I have been teaching autism awareness courses to parents, teachers and professionals for the past three years. I am excited to do the same on Udemy!