Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be easily distracted by their surroundings. This can make it difficult for them to focus on learning and participate in class. One of the most common sources of distraction for students with ASD is the classroom walls.
There are a number of reasons why classroom walls can be distracting for students with ASD. For example, the walls may be covered in posters, decorations, or other visual stimuli. This can be overwhelming for students with ASD, who may have difficulty filtering out irrelevant information. Additionally, the walls may be a source of noise, such as from traffic outside the classroom or from other students talking. This can also be distracting for students with ASD, who may be sensitive to noise.
How to create a distraction-free classroom for students with ASD:
There are a number of things that can be done to create a distraction-free classroom for students with ASD. Here are a few tips:
- Keep the walls plain. Remove any posters, decorations, or other visual stimuli from the walls. This will help to reduce visual noise and make it easier for students with ASD to focus.
- Use calming colors. Paint the walls in calming colors, such as blue or green. These colors can help to create a more relaxing environment for students with ASD.
- Install soundproofing materials. If the walls are a source of noise, consider installing soundproofing materials. This will help to reduce noise levels and make it easier for students with ASD to focus.
- Use visual cues. Provide students with visual cues to help them stay on task. This could include using a visual schedule, a timer, or a task checklist.
- Be predictable. Create a predictable routine for the classroom. This will help students with ASD to know what to expect and reduce their anxiety levels.
At OrbRom Center, we believe that a distraction-free environment is essential for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to focus and learn effectively. That’s why we’ve designed our classrooms with only one wall decorated, leaving the other three walls blank. The empty walls help to reduce visual distractions, which can be overwhelming for students with ASD. As a result, students are able to focus more easily on their work and learn more effectively.