• Understanding Autism from the Inside

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The Psychology of Color and Autistic Children; Part V: Changing the Color Environment

Is your autistic child restless at bedtime in their room? Does he/she get easily distracted when doing homework? Are they more hyper-active, or lethargic in certain places? Do they avoid a particular room in the house like a colorfully decorated powder room? Alternating the color-schemes in places where your child …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part IV: Ambiguous Colors

In parts one through three of this series, we explored the effects colors can have on our emotions and behaviors. We’ve learned that reds, yellows, and greys can all be potentially problematic for autistic children, and that blue, green, orange, and pink tones can provide emotional and psychological benefits. However, …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part III: Beneficial Colors

What colors are the best ones for autistic children? First and foremost children with autism are individuals, as are color preferences and emotional experiences. There are, however, a few colors that tend to be better suited for autistic children (and likely everyone else). The Calm BLUE Sea Blue is a …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part II: Problematic Colors

Colors can be calming, soothing, and conducive to learning, or they can be agitating, confusing, and painful to an autistic child. By examining the Psychology of Color (Chromology), Feng Shui (ancient Chinese art and science), and Chroma Therapy, or Color Therapy (a form of holistic medicine), we can see that …

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The Effects of Color on Autistic Children; Part I: Does Color Matter?

Interior decorators and psychologists have long understood that colors can have a dramatic effect on mood and behavior, a concept known as Color Psychology. Decorators use color to create excitement, peace, creativity, and calm. Autistic children and adults tend to have heightened senses, and the way they see or perceive …

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Video: Tantrum Tot practices his colors; LED shower head

  Several people have asked about this LED color-changing shower head, which I wrote about in a previous post, My Environment and My Aspie Moods, so here is a video of it changing colors. An excited Tantrum Tot practices his colors while LED shower light changes. It is not the …

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My Environment and My Aspie Moods: Finding a Happy Place

Yes, this is a picture of a bathroom, my bathroom to be exact and today this is my happy place. I’ve been discussing the importance my environment has on my emotions, and how utterly critical it is for me (and most Aspies I believe) to have a place where they …

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Autism and our Environment; The Importance of “feeling” Happy

A few weeks ago I wrote a series of articles for answers.com about the Psychology of Color and Autism, which sparked my interest. For those of you who do not know what comes next…a sparked interest means RESEARCH! Yay, one of my favorite things in the world to do, but …

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