People with autism or other chronic diseases generally are prone to sensory physical and disorders. They are particularly sensitive or insensitive to light, colour, sound, touch, etc. and hence, their daily lives are greatly affected. Realising that good designs help improve lives, Hong Kong Design Institute students join hands with special needs members and occupational therapists from St James’ Settlement to co-design and co-create several innovative and appealing furniture and healthcare equipment to bring positive life changes.
Due to touch and proprioception dysfunctions, autistic children often feel anxious irritable and insecure. In view of this, the soft seat cushion collection is designed to train their proprioceptive sense through touching and to train their vision by making use of bright colours. The hexagonal seat cushions of different colours are made of corresponding materials. Together with a small weighted quilt, which can be used to cover the autistic child, this seat cushion set makes them feel safe and calms them down.