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Paulina Stypuła - "Design of sensory-therapeutic space for children with ADHD disorder".

02 of October '23
Technical data
Type: undergraduate thesis
Year of defense: 2022
Name: "Design of sensory-therapeutic space for children with ADHD disorder".
Author: Paulina Stypuła
University: Institute of Art and Design at the Pedagogical University named after the Commission of National Education in Krakow.
Promoter: Dr. Monika Natkaniec-Papp

Work submitted for the competition
"Best Interior Diploma 2021/2023".

The main objective of the conceptual design of the sensory-therapeutic space for children with ADHD was to create a suitable environment. The space highlighted the most important elements to be considered in the design. The use of sensory therapy and a space tailored to the needs of a child with ADHD is expected to facilitate his functioning in society, as well as provide him with a friendly environment that allows him to develop and discover the world from an early age.

Projekt przestrzeni sensoryczno‑terapeutycznej, aksonometria

design of sensory-therapy space, axonometry

© Paulina Stypuła

A child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is characterized by increased sensitivity to stress and impulsivity compared to other children. Thoughtful, clear arrangement of the room will, above all, provide a sense of security and make the child acquire a desire to play and learn.

Sala terapeutyczna - strefa sensoryczna

therapy room—sensory zone

© Paulina Stypuła

The interior of the therapy center was designed in a 144-square-meter premises, which is located at 1 Tytus Czyzewskiego Street in Cracow. Czyżewskiego 1 is a six-story complex of residential buildings with ground-floor premises intended for commercial activities.

Projekt przestrzeni sensoryczno‑terapeutycznej, recepcja

design of sensory-therapeutic space, reception area

© Paulina Stypuła

A distinctive feature of the space is the three-meter-high windows, which create the impression of open space and thus enhance the aesthetics of the interiors. Thanks to them, the rooms look larger, more spacious, gain lightness and become cozier.

Rzut funkcjonalny ośrodka

functional floor plan of the center

© Paulina Stypuła

The selected building includes sensory therapy rooms, a therapy room, a reception area, toilets, a yoga room and areas for the child's parent/guardian equipped with a place to relax, work or actively participate with the child in yoga classes.

Sala terapeutyczna - strefa dotyku

therapy room—touch zone

© Paulina Stypuła

The therapy room uses selected therapies with an emphasis on sensory. The room was divided into highlighted zones of touch, art therapy, aromatherapy, sensorimotor, screaming and rest.

Sala terapeutyczna - aromaterapia

therapy room—aromatherapy

© Paulina Stypuła

There are upholstered seats of different sizes, sensory balls, a wall covered with plant panels, openwork made of sponge, scented fabrics with different textures and different colored LED lighting. The materials used are soft to the touch and safe, which encourages active play.

Strefa rodzica

Parent zone

© Paulina Stypuła

An important aspect of the design was the appropriate color scheme, which influences the behavior of children with ADHD. Subdued colors were chosen, such as shades of green, brown, beige and blue; pastel colors were used to make the space more legible and to bring the child into a state of relaxation and focus while performing various activities.

Wnętrze sali do jogi

The interior of the yoga room

© Paulina Stypuła

The dominant material in the interior design is oak wood, which is characterized by its durability; its light color is also important.

Toaleta dla dzieci

Toilet for children

© Paulina Stypuła

I believe that the design of a sensory space should be characterized by minimalism, practicality and functionality. It should be a safe place where the child will feel at ease, and where the activities performed will give him joy and satisfaction.


Illustrations: © Author

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