With more methods to accurately detect sensory sensitivity in children and adults, homeowners can improve the overall environment of their homes to create a better atmosphere for people with sensitivities to sight or noise. Here are some tips for creating a more sensory-sensitive home.
If your home uses a lot of artificial lighting, contains many brightly colored objects, or anything of the like, you’re going to get distracted, which will deter your focus when you’re completing daily tasks. Here are a few ways to eliminate these visual distractions in your home:
- Replace any flickering light bulbs, and try using light bulbs of the same color.
- Draw the curtains or blinds to avoid light reflecting in the glass.
- Don’t put too many decorative objects on your walls.
Many people also develop sensitivity to smells. The best way to cope with this in your home is to prevent the smells from becoming overwhelming. For example, cooking fumes may cause a young child to develop developmental difficulties, which can cause further sensory problems. Smells can be strong, so tame them with these ideas:
- Buy odor-free products.
- Install a ventilation system in your kitchen.
- Smell different things to see what triggers your sensitivity.
Taste is something else to be wary of, especially if anyone in the household has medical conditions such as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or Crohn’s, a disease related to IBD (irritable bowel system). To counteract triggers, try incorporating these practices:
- Work with your doctor to create a personalized diet.
- Experiment with different ingredients and take note of what doesn’t sit well with your stomach.
- Don’t force yourself to eat things you’re not interested in trying.
The way a piece of clothing or even a bed sheet feels can make people with sensitivities to touch uncomfortable. Touch is a common sensitivity issue that can stem from many things. To improve your sensitivity touch, don’t overwhelm yourself. Give yourself time to pick what works for you, and try out these ideas:
- Read clothing labels and buy soft materials.
- Use a weighted blanket.
- For a child with a sensitivity to touch, invest in sensory toys.
As children develop, the more sensitive to noise they can become. They might find some noises challenging to handle and become uncomfortable.
There are ways to help yourself and your children improve; follow these steps for avoiding too much noise:
- Choose carpet for certain rooms.
- Alert others before using loud machines.
- Keep audio devices on low.
These tips for creating a more sensory-sensitive home can help you create a better environment for you and all your family members. Ensure your home feels better by utilizing these ways to improve sensory sensitivity.