home safe child impairments
Adapting your home to meet your child’s unique needs will help create a space where they can thrive and have a fun, happy childhood. Making your home a safe space can be something as small as child-proofing doors and changing lighting to making structural changes to accommodate wheelchairs or other physical aids.
Adjusting for Sensory Impairments
Creating a safe home for your little one with sensory impairments begins with knowing your child’s needs. Know what overstimulates them and what stimulus they will need to develop and feed their sensory needs. It can include toning down colors and visual stimuli. Or, you can add tactile stimulation for your child with under-stimulation to feel comfortable.
You can help your child stay comfortable and have fun at home by reducing the amount of visual and auditory stimuli throughout your home. Changing the color of the walls throughout your home to a calmer, neutral paint, as well as installing light dimmers and reducing clutter, will help keep visual stimulation to a minimum for your little one who gets overstimulated quickly.
Additionally, consider adding soundproofing where it is possible to keep too much outside sound getting in your home. It’s never going to be possible to block out all of the sounds that could stress out your child. Creating a comfortable space with low stimulation and even sound-blocking headphones will give them a place to play in comfort.
Create a Sensory Corner
Just like some children get overstimulated easily, many children also experience under-stimulation. This can create a potential safety hazard when looking to satisfy that need. Creating a sensory corner with different textures and stimulating activities will give them a space to go to when they are craving sensory input.
The base of your little one’s sensory station should be a comfortable, durable sofa. Lovesac offers the perfect couch that will work for both you and your little one with customizable section arrangement and easy to remove machine washable covers. Most importantly, Lovesac covers come in various textures and colors to meet your child’s unique needs.
You can also pile an array of different toys, pillows, and blankets on the couch. This will give them a choice of tactile inputs. Adding in an MP3 player with sound-blocking headphones will also allow your child to choose different comforting sounds to meet their needs while also blocking out any unpleasant noise.
Adjusting for Physical Impairments
For children with physical impairments that make it difficult for them to move around or require movement aids, their home’s layout and space are crucial in making them feel comfortable and safe.
Open Up Space
The most important thing you can do is make sure there is plenty of space for your child to navigate safely while still playing and just being a kid. Keep furniture around the perimeter of each room, and reduce – or altogether remove – any low profile furniture like coffee tables and stools that they can easily trip over.
Helping your child keep their toys and belongings put away will make it easier for them to play and move around safely. Keep smaller items off the floor and make sure any cords are secured along the wall where possible. This will reduce tripping hazards in the main living space so you can let your little one play without worry.
Make Simple Furniture Changes
It’s important to foster your child’s urge to explore and be independent. This sometimes requires additional tools for your little one’s unique needs.
Consider changing up your furniture with designs that are easy for your child to get in and out of, without sacrificing comfort. Lovesac will help you find a couch that will work for your family and offer designs that sit slightly lower or with additional armrests to make it both functional and comfortable.
You can also install grab bars in your bathroom and child’s bedroom so they can move around on their own when they need to. Grab bars near the toilet, shower, and your little one’s bed will help foster independence and allow them to grow at their own pace.
Making Your Home Safe for Your Child with Impairments
Every child deserves to feel comfortable and safe in their home. For your little ones with impairments, adapting your home to their needs will help them thrive and enjoy their childhood in a space that is meant for them. When you put in the effort to design an area with your child’s needs in mind, it will help them develop mentally and physically while reducing stress because you know they’ll be safe.