I have been asked to write a supporting letter for why an Interior Designer should take a course on Multi-Sensory Environments. My answers would be the following:
To understand how the impact of design can create a harmonious peaceful setting or one that puts individuals into high stressful visual environments
Understand how shape, line and color are part of our neurological genetic makeup and how best to work with these principles (the visual processing system)
Understand how design can influence emotions, and aid in changing challenging behaviors in Schools and Nursing Homes
Understand the impact and differences of sensory overload verses sensory stimulation on the body and brain
Understand functional lighting and its impact on the very core of activities of daily living; including memory retrieval and learning and influencing sleep patterns and eating (Major problems in Nursing homes)
Understand what dynamic brain arousal continuums are and how design will assist in positive changes
I could go on and on about the need for better communication and integration of Professionals for obtaining better results for those with special needs. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well below is a Government Approved Head Start school classroom for Autistic preschoolers; the children in this room were screaming, hitting their ears, banging their heads, covering their eyes and not one interacted with this “enriched environment”.