Life for an autistic child can be quite challenging! As parents, helping them make the most of their life, has its own share of struggles. You may be a tough parent, but there is no reason you can’t also be a fun parent!
This World Autism Day, we want to create autism awareness by shedding light on ‘Colour Therapy’ – which is a method that uses a combination of light and colours to treat physical ailments and mental condition such as Autism.
Autism is a spectrum condition, in which the severity of symptoms may vary from person to person. However, there are certain symptoms that are found most commonly. These include difficulty with communication and social interactions, obsessive interests and repetitive behaviours.
Perception of Colours
Certain colours stimulate the brain and create excitement or a feeling of danger, while other colours will have the opposite effect on the human mind. Autistic children are born sensitive, so if they see a colour that stimulates the feeling of being in danger, they will stay away from this colour as much as they can.
It is important to remember that because of structural abnormalities that appear in the brain of autistic children, it is harder to integrate and process sensory information. This also includes visual information. Continuous exposure to strong colours can put the brain of an autistic child into overdrive. Thus, they need to be surrounded by muted or subdued, lighters shades of colours.
Benefits of Colour Therapy:
● Attempt to reduce the severity:
Since autism is a spectrum condition and its symptoms can be anywhere
between severe to mild, colour therapy really helps the children affected by autism to stay calm.
● Reduce their discomfort:
Part of colour therapy is to be aware and conscious about the colours that your home environment has. Since, the home is one of the few
environments, in which you have most control, make sure to select muted tones of colours for the furniture and walls. This will help the child to function without discomfort as much as possible.
● Helps understand your child better:
Find a Colour Therapy specialist who will personally work with your
child to understand how your child responds to different colours. This will help you relieve your stress, knowing that you are helping them feel better, while they make their way through life.
● Boosts self-confidence of the autistic child:
Colouring is something that they get praised for. This will give them a feeling of self acceptance, pride and joy.
● Helps parents bond with the child:
Colouring is an activity you can do with your child. It will help you bond with your child better.
● Colouring can impact positively:
It is a calming activity that is also a self expression tool for these children.
What you can do
To find out how your child responds to colours, you can introduce them to crayons at an early age. This will not only help your child find out which colours they can work with, but also help them learn colouring itself, which can be an immersive and a healthy exercise to help them have fun while learning.
Due to their condition, they may not be able to hold the usual crayon in a proper grip. To overcome this problem, Camlin has introduced the Camlin Child Grip Crayons. They are super smooth to use on paper and designed in such way that holding them is easy. Camlin Child Grip Crayons are available in 5 vibrant shades. Additionally, the colours are also washable from non-porous surfaces.
Moreover, they are child-safe, non toxic crayons, that have been specifically designed to help enhance the child handgrip. Therefore, these crayons not only enhance motor skills, but also improve hand-eye coordination, making them a good learning tool for autistic children. So connect with your little ones through colouring!
This World Autism Day, join us in pledging to make life easier for these children by creating autism awareness. Every little step counts. All the best!