Avondale House School
Evidence is needed for how to design spaces that enhance the well-being of children with autism. Prior research suggests art selection within stressful environments has a positive impact on the well-being of those using the space. Additionally, art images in classroom spaces are hypothesized to have an impact on children’s behaviors. More studies are needed to inform the decisions about what art is appropriate in regards to children with autism. The present study surveyed teachers who work with children with autism spectrum disorders to gain information about what types of artwork they felt would be appropriate for their classrooms. Quantitative and qualitative survey results are provided, specifying which art images teachers believed would impact children positively and that they would be willing to hang in their classroom.
Submitted to Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs January 2016