Visualizations at home

Recommendation 105
Use visualizations to create order. Things which are stored out of sight need a fixed place and should be able to be found with the aid of pictures, texts, and labels

Chapter (theme)
Interior design (visualizations)

Because of
Central coherence, cognitive shifting, weak powers of imagination, sensory sensitivity, executive functions

In order to
prevent disorientation and confusion.

Elsewhere, it was emphasized that things laying around can cause confusion or even ‘meltdowns’; so, when not in use, it is better they be kept out of sight in closets, closed cupboards and the like. (See recommendation 94.) However, it is important to note some people on the spectrum may have great trouble remembering fixed places and finding their things, due to executive and memory problems.

Visualizations such as pictures, colors, texts or labels on doors, drawers, crates and other storage places can help with this type of problem.

The marking of zones, is another application of visualizing.

As is the case with other recommendations directed at single individuals, here, too, there is ample room to personalize visualizations, depending on sensory and other preferences. In treatment or long-stay homes one is largely forced to resort to the largest common denominator; choosing for measures which work best on average at the expense of people who deviate the most from the average. People who live by themselves are free to choose between words, symbols, colors or the use of any other system to their liking.