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.