Shireen Kanakri, Kathy Hathorn
Evidence is needed for how to design spaces that enhance the well-being of children with autism spectrum disorders. Prior research suggests art selection within challenging 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 that work with children with autism spectrum disorders as well as children with high functioning autism to gain information about what types of artwork they felt would be appropriate for their classrooms. The study was a cross sectional design in nature, and aimed to gain both quantitative and qualitative results through online surveys sent to 5 different school sites. The sites each specialized in working with children with autism spectrum disorders.