Color application for moderately color-sensitive pupils

Color application for moderately color-sensitive pupils

Recommendation 116
Establish a balanced color scheme, avoid stark contrasts and vivid and glaring colors

Chapter (theme)
Interior design (color)

Because of
Moderate sensory hypersensitivity (for color)

In order to
avoid sensory overload and to promote concentration.

In the theme ‘color’ the rule of thumb is mentioned that hypersensitivity to colors generally increases along with the seriousness of the autism. (There are exceptions in both directions: less serious autism and more serious color-problems and vice versa.)

This recommendation is aimed at schools and school classes for students at the ‘light’ end of the spectrum. (The tougher measures are dealt with in recommendation 117.)

It’s advisable to consider the colors in school and in the classroom as a whole: do they match, isn’t there too much contrast?
Furthermore it’s recommended to employ soft, muted colors and/or pastels and to avoid strongly reflecting colors.
Generally colors at the ‘cool’ (lower frequency) end of the color-spectrum are advisable, that is to say green, blue and white as well.
Colors with higher frequencies, i.e. red and yellow often have an over-stimulating effect and can even be stress-inducing.

Color-sensitivity is a complex issue which is expounded upon in the theme ‘color’.