Special Vision

For years now, I have been studying the the physical and mental effect that colour has on humans. Recently I have come across some great information on how colour affects children who are classified as having ASD – (Autism Syndrome Disorder). Research has found that children with ASD, have anomalies in their eye components due to chemical imbalances or neural deficiencies. They also appear to use a lot of peripheral vision and head tilting to view objects. ASD can now be diagnosed from around two tears old.

Controlled colour testing on children with ASD has produced some quite astounding results. In summary, of the ASD children tested, 85% perceived colours with a far greater intensity than non ASD children. Red, especially appeared as a fluorescent, vividly vibrating colour. Of the remaining group tested, only 10% had colour vision similar to non ASD children. The last 5% had colour vision which meant that they could not perceive muted colours. Of all the test children they were the only ones to seek out intense, vibrant and primary colours as normally they see everything as shades of grey. Most families who care for ASD children, are well aware of the issues surrounding sounds and texture sensory sensitivities but little is made of this area of colour sensory.

Colour selection, is a major issue in fact, in the decoration of rooms and environments for ASD children. There are however, some good well founded rules for embarking on this task. Designers or parents should try to use muted, natural colours which have a calming effect. Less is definitely more, with monochromatic colour schemes working well. Cool soft greens and blues are also soothing. Surprisingly pale pink appears to be the most successful colour. This can seem counter intuitive to most of us, when considering there are four boys to every one girl with ASD.

Here at Colourfied we have made a natural/neutral paint inspirations board, to enable you to get a feel for the colours in our range, that will work well, within these guide lines. It is also worth noting that our non toxic paint has no smell and a very smooth matt velvet texture, both features are ideal for use with the sensory sensitive.  We believe that special kids have special needs and we are here to help. Anyone wanting free assistance or advise in this area should simply contact us.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/colourfied/natural-neutral-paint-inspirations/

https://www.pinterest.com.au/colourfied/special-kids-with-extra-needs/

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The beginning of being.

After great effort or just an amazing surprise, the words are spoken that will quite literally change your life for ever. Congratulations, in just under nine months from now expect a new life to enter the world.  I remember being swept up in a vortex of emotions as the news was confirmed. Then later, as the world around me settled again, came the strange thought that this was one train ride you cannot get off until the station of your personal destination is reached. You are it for the long haul, no matter what nature brings, one has become part of a remarkable process that some how has a life force all of its own.

As a women ,your body is no longer your own, it has become an enclosure for the miracle of creation. As a partner one has to take on the role of carer, protector, supporter and sometimes even a kicking post for pent up feelings, one hell of a roller coaster ride.

The desire to do the right thing in all regards is a pressing and urgent need for both parties. High among these is the nesting instinct, the need to create a safe external enclosure for that precious gift that is going to arrive. So much to take in and decide.

The best designer advise I can give is as follows, get the foundations right and everything can slot in and build up as it evolves. The foundation of any safe baby space starts with the walls and that means paint. This is were it is so important only to decorate with a specialist product that has no toxins, solvents or hidden chemicals, yet will be easy to maintain. Colourfied offers that choice, all the worry removed, so you can just relax and enjoy creating the visual environment you dream of. Check out our Pinterest pages for inspiration and ideas.

The paint we supply was actually used for the Giant Panda enclosure in SA. because it was so pure and practical. Now if your Baby or perhaps Babies are as precious to you as a Giant Panda then it is pretty much a no brainer what to choose.  Paint so safe even expectant Mums can use it.