Designing Sensory Integration Spaces in Autism Centers (A Descriptive Approach)
|Iraqi Journal of Architecture and Planning
|Article 3, Volume 22, Issue 1, January 2023, Pages 48-62 PDF (1.94 M)
|Document Type: Research Paper
|Halah Yaseen Ibrahim* 1; Shamael Mohamed W. Al-Dabbagh2
|1Department of Architectural Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq.
|2Department of Architectural Engineering, University of Technology- Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
|According to World Health Organization, it has been proven that autism is on the rise worldwide and has become a significant challenge in education. Therefore, the research aims to (recognise the design of sensory integration spaces in autistic children's centres to improve the learning environment for the autism category. The research hypothesis states that (the process of designing sensory integration spaces in autism centres is achieved through developing various sensory spaces, applying design strategies, and adding elements that will contribute to creating integrated sensory spaces). The research adopted the descriptive analysis method based on the theoretical framework vocabulary extracted from the previous literature. The Art Therapy Cenproject Center, located in the southern region of the United States, was chosen for practical application. Research recommends that when designing spaces for autistic children, taking into account The severity of autism, where each type has a different sensory space. Inflated sense, spaces are white, and lighting devices are colored. While low sense recommends black walls and the use of ultraviolet lighting.
|Autism-friendly environment; Sensory space design; Sensory integration theory; Interior design; Autism care centers
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