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3 ways to co-create supportive spaces with neurodivergent children

 

by Adina Levy

I’ve been thinking a lot about SPACES lately. The environments that we exist in have such a massive impact on our state of mind and ability to think, learn and connect with others.

I wanted to share with you here, 3 ways that you can work together with neurodivergent children, to co-create supportive spaces that work for them. These strategies can work for children with a whole range of communication abilities.

  1. Go on an excursion or tour together of different rooms or spaces and notice what the child gravitates towards, moves away from, and generally pay attention to their emotional state in each space. Notice all aspects of the sensory experience (sounds, smells, visuals, lighting, textures). You may need to do a lot of interpreting/best guesses at this stage. If the child can express what they like or don’t like, note this down!
  2. Have children design the layout of furniture in the space (e.g. classroom, therapy room). This could be a planning phase with drawings, digital designs, or simply moving furniture around together!
  3. Use digital tools like Pinterest, or Google Images to create a digital mood board for the kinds of imagery, colours, lighting, furniture that the child likes. You can start with searching for ‘sensory safe space’ or get more specific if you know what the child already likes!

    Keep learning with me!

    Register for the Communicate and Connect Webinar Series for Professionals who support Neurodivergent Children: https://playlearnchat.com/communicate-and-connect-webinars/

    The 3 webinars in the series are:

    • Responsive Relationships: Communication Strategies for Professionals to Connect with Neurodivergent Children

       

    • Collaborative Connections: Coach and Communicate with Carers & Teams of Neurodivergent Children

       

    • Supportive Spaces: Creating Inclusive and Accessible Environments to Support Neurodivergent Children in their Communities

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