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Furniture for Autistic Kids' Bedrooms

Updated July 19, 2017

Selecting furniture for your autistic child's bedroom doesn't have to be difficult. You know your child best, so pick what you think will work. Keep safety in mind, of course, but beyond that, you may be surprised at what can be thought of as "furniture."

Movement Furniture

To help with sensory issues, think about installing a swing or at least having a large exercise ball in the bedroom for your child to experience sensory input and movement.

Beanbag Chair

Many autistic children like the sensory experience of a beanbag chair. This can provide a haven for your child to calm down in and can become a necessary part of his relaxation.

Table & Chairs

It's not a bad idea to have a small table and chair in your child's room, preferably without sharp edges or with padding on the edges. The table and chair will provide a safe place for doing homework or ABA therapy (applied behaviour analysis), if you're using it.

Gates

If you have a child who is a "runner," install a gate in the doorway to keep your child in his room when you can't be there to watch him.

Latches

Latches are a necessary part of furniture installation in an autistic child's bedroom. Since many autistic children seem to be fearless and may climb on a dresser or bookcase, attaching the furniture to the wall may save your child from serious injury.

Placement

Where you place the furniture in your autistic child's room is important. It may be best to line the walls to allow for more room, in case your child is prone to throwing tantrums.

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Katherine Sanger has been writing articles for 15 years for various online and print publications. She holds degrees in information technology, liberal arts, English literature, creative writing and higher education and taught college-level English for more than 10 years.