How to Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

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We all need a space to call out own, and that includes autistic children.  Every child is different but learning their sensory needs will help you create a perfect space.  No matter their sensory need, they can extremely benefit from a calming space to go relax and cool down in.

We have one for each child in our house (well, the teen just has her room. But that makes her happy).  One of our spaces is an open closet transformed into a calming room, with calm lights, sensory tools, a bean bag for her to crash into, and has a light blocking curtain hanging on it.

For our son, we actually built him a smaller bedroom to help him have his own, small space to feel comfortable with calm lighting.  For our third one, we got a wooden loft bed and transformed the space underneath for her so that we were using her room space the most efficiently.

Creating a calming space for your child with autism, adhd, sensory processing, or other disabilities is essential for giving them the opportunity to self-regulate.

In this resource guide, I have compiled all of the items we use throughout each of our 3 autistic children’s individual calming space.  No matter what your budget may be, there are a ton of different resources to make this space their own!

Create a Calming Space for Your Autistic Child

These are all the items we use in our children’s calming spaces.  Not every room has each item.  Each child’s room is based on their personal sensory needs and personalities.  Tailor your child’s calming space based off of their own sensory needs.  This list serves as a starting point to know what you might want to look for.

That About Wrap’s It Up

As you can see, we use a ton of different sensory tools and creative resources to create each of our children’s individual calming spaces.  It’s not hard at all to create a calming space for your autistic child, even on a small budget.  Many of these items you can find at Dollar Tree, Amazon, and other major retailers.

By The Mom Kind

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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