Could the subtle manipulation of lighting impact the behavior of a child with autism?
Researchers in California have tested the intentional changing of light on three classrooms.
Two of the classrooms tested had children with autism, one did not.
Teachers recognized a positive impact in how students responded to harsh and soft light.
“When I would hit the ‘calm button,’ I feel like they knew that it was time to be seated,” teacher Daniella Castaldo said. “They were quiet, they were relaxed. And then if I hit the ‘energize button,’ that means we’re ready to learn, and I feel like they really respond to that.”
Researchers say they have seen similar findings with senior citizens and those with dementia.
The research suggests that the lighting effects could impact all of us.