Hi All, I'm a long term lurker as I'm always wary of posting anything, after a bad experience on another forum but I'd love any advice on this: My DS is 6, has Aspergers and is about to go into the second year of school. The school, which is tiny, is moving into a new building. They are really keen to get the environment right for my DS which is great. We have chatted a lot about a quiet space where he can go and they are willing to hear our ideas. I'd love to hear any thing that's worked for your kids. It will be a space or corner in a large room. We've talked about a pop-up tent which is a cheap option but I think not sturdy enough (I can just imagine him rolling around the room inside it!). I feel like this is my chance to get it right - he has really struggled this year. Any ideas?
Corner, blocked off with a heavy drape from the wall, over a pole and dropped down, and a beanbag to slump on inside it. That's one safe space I rigged for a child a few years ago. It was next to a window, but we put translucent paper over it. What does he do at home when he's stressed? My Aspie used to crawl under his bed.
Pop up tent definitely at risk from rolling child! That's all mine ever did inside them! Goblin's idea sounds good, a comfy corner or alcove safely screened off, with some theraputty or whatever rocks his boat as a stress reliever.
Thanks I like that idea Goblinchild. At home it's enough to shut the door to his room and read the dictionary/ instruction manuals or whatever his current thing is. I guess we could put some of them inside the space. Glad to know my intuition about pop up tent is right!
our dcs last school had a small room for my dc with soft lighting and cushions (no toys or it becomes a place used to get out of lessons they dont like) but they did this and have decided to use it not just for dc but any child whos upset and needs some time out and im sure over the years dc wont be the only child needing it.
Hi - for my AS ds, blocking out sound can help at stressful times. A soundproof room would probably be inappropriate, but maybe some headphones or ear shields could be added to the quiet corner, for extra peace.
Our DS infant school bought him a pop up tent and it was a disaster. He has tents at home for playing in so it didnt work. Plus it was put in the main hall throughfare which is still not quiet. Also other kids want to play in it and he became angry as they keep on sticking their heads in. They tried the corner of the class room but that was a no go because he could still here the chaos in the class. DS wanted the cupboard (large walk in space) with a door on it and light inside. So if they have a cupboard large enough in their new place perhaps painting blackout paint and UV lighting in that would be good enough with some UV flourescent fixtures or wall shapes might help, and some soft cushions on the floor.