Im looking for answers to the following question.  A room is empty.  Devoid of everything except a chair which is fixed to the floor.  The window is clear, with protection over it to prevent it from being smashed.  The person using this room wrecks everything they come in contact with.  How can we change the room to make it more interesting for the person, and allow it to change in relation to how they are feeling?

3 thoughts on “Answers please?

  1. could you try coloured gels on the window.
    could you have a series of fabric curtains, depicting something or nothing, but all different colours and textures that could be pulled across the walls – partly and fully, or rolled up and down.
    could you have a floor that lit up, like disco floors that flash in squares. you could have different settings, you could switch it on and off, make it go fats and slow, bright and dark.

    1. I thought of putting something outside the window which reflected sunlight and pattern into the room at different times of the day.

      Or to use spotlights in the room that highlight different parts and different time. All of this is dependent on knowing the person and how they react to light. It could be high contrast or very subtle. Playing with colour and fast or slow movement of light.

      Or to use sound in the room. Learning from the person what sounds they like, what pitches of sound they responded to. What tones made them respond positively. What sounds they didnt like, that they responded badly to. What beats worked for them. When that worked best. And then Id play with the sounds. Slowly giving the person control of the way they received the sounds. So, as they began to understand that the sounds they heard would change for them, start to get them to understand how they would change it, either through movement or gesture. Over time, and the time would be dependent on the individual, they would be able to orchestrate their room.

  2. it is important to think about how that person is with other people. Why there are no other people in the room. By shifting emphaiss away from the negatives, concentrating on what sounds, lights etc interests the individual then family or staff can concentrate on making changes. Learning from the individual and using that knowledge to infor the changing space. By involving people in the process, the relationships change. Becoming more proactive. The room becomes the focus for change, rather than a space for containment. People interact with the aspace in a different way and as a result with each other in a different way.

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