Muting reverberation

Recommendation 76
– finish walls with a sound-absorbing and shockproof membrane structure
– finish ceilings with sound-absorbing blankets
– employ coarse stucco

Chapter (theme)
architectural spaces (noise / acoustics)

Because of
sensory sensibility: hearing

In order to
lessen or avoid noise.

As mentioned in the theme sound, hearing and therefore noise is one of the most serious sensory problems among people on the spectrum. This is the reason to reduce noise generally. When building or rebuilding homes, reverberation too requires attention. The reason for particular attention here is that people on the spectrum have the added problem of confusion about the sources of noise. Reverberated noise is hard to identify for everyone, so requires extra attention here.

Reverberation can, among other things be muffled by making ceilings absorbent, such as through attaching soundproof blankets to the ceiling with slates spaced one third of an inch apart.
Sound absorbing adhesive plates can be bought too for application on walls and ceilings, as one can find in places such as youth centers.
Walls may be finished with a sound-absorbing and shockproof membrane.
Roughly plastered walls are sound-absorbing too, but shouldn’t be too sharp at places that can be touched. (See here for this type of choices.)
In case bricks are exposed, use deeply raked masonry joints to break up sound waves.


The introduction of this recommendation has a strong resemblance to the one of recommendation 106; the difference is here it’s about the building phase, while 106 is about the interior decoration.
adhesive plates
Ahrentzen & Steele say: “Acoustic panels such as Acoustiblok or AcoustiFence and Quiet Batt Acoustic Insulation—cotton insulation has superior soundproofing qualities compared to fiberglass insulation.”