This is the calm down room. It’s made from a pop up tent privacy room. it’s 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet.
The kids can go in here an close off the world when they need to calm down. No toys, no food, and no one will bother them. There will eventually be a beanbag chair, but for now, there are some pillows a blanket and sometimes a cat.
We put this together because, with three autistic kids in the house, many times the kids need to just be alone to calm down when something happens, but if they go to their rooms, they get distracted by toys and have more stress trying to return to the former activity. That just escalates the problem.
This allows a place where they can be alone and safe and block out some of the stimulation that is making them upset. When they feel calmer, they can return to the activity.
It’s taken a while to enforce the idea it isn’t a punishment and that going in is entirely voluntary, but the kids are really warming up to the calm down room. The youngest goes in at least three times a day when he starts annoying others with his hyperactivity. I hear him taking long deep breaths, and he calms down and returns to what he was doing, better focused and gets in far less trouble now.