Designing a home for my princess with special needs

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.

My six year old girl, Mitra, has influenced my new design style. Our home is designed purely to make things easier, safer and funnier for Mitra. Let’s call it “House of Mitra” or in a nicer language “Mitrashus”.

Mitra’s Sensory/Relaxing/Bedroom

Mitra's sensory/relaxing/bedroom has only a few things

Mitra’s sensory/relaxing/bedroom has only a few things

When we’re out with Mitra, we have to stay close to her constantly. So home needs to be the place she can have more freedom and we can have much less stress. It’s hard to make an entire flat safe for her, a strong and active kid, with limited sense of safety or rules. I want this room to her sanctuary.

Mitra’s sensory/relaxing/bedroom has only a few things: bed/sofa, soft carpet on the floor and sensory equipment like bubble tube, LED projector, sky projector, speaker and shimmering curtain.

The room, though bare, doesn’t scream “demanding child!”, rather a relaxing place with no disturbances.

I think Mitra really enjoys her room (to be honest I use this room a lot myself for relaxing:)). When her “motor is running high” she can go there to calm down or just to relax.

Mitra’s Activity Room

There is no better way to satisfy sensory needs than with with a more free style activity room

There is no better way to satisfy sensory needs than with a more free style activity room

Another room is used for Mitra’s activities. She has her toys, her music instruments and a comfortable sofa there. This is the place where she has much more freedom to make a mess:). And of course, she helps me to clean it from time to time. I plan to build a climbing wall for her here.

Everywhere else

We have very positive and enthusiastic experience concerning indoor yoga swing.

We have very positive and enthusiastic experience concerning indoor yoga swing.

The rest of the house is also facilitated for Mitra. There is a yoga swing in the living room which can be unmounted and from time to time she has her trampoline there too. All places have Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) or photos that are laminated. This makes it easier for her (and us) to communicate and helps her to find the things.
There has always been a lot of work to clean after she finished playing with her toys and they took a lot of place. I decided to use the wall in the hall and make a type of activity wall for her. All toys are screwed to the wall and it is easy to change them by time. A small foldable table is used when she wants to play with kinetic sand or do other activities.

Many hours of fun with simple and flexible home-made activity wall.

Many hours of fun with simple and flexible home-made activity wall.

I could go on. There are so many ways I have altered the design of the house and the design of our lives to meet Mitra’s needs. I have to admit that I am pretty happy about it. Mitra is safe and comfortable here. And there is beauty in that.

This room provides opportunities for engagement in prevention and crisis de-escalation strategies, as well as a host of other therapeutic exchanges (to teach skills, offer a variety of therapeutic activities, etc.)

This room provides opportunities for engagement in prevention and crisis de-escalation strategies, as well as a host of other therapeutic exchanges (to teach skills, offer a variety of therapeutic activities, etc.)

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2 Comments

  1. Marius Reply

    Inpressive stuff.

  2. Shahram Reply

    Thanks Marius. I think it is important to share some good stories with parents with challenging children!


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