If you’re on the autistic spectrum and only take photos occasionally, digital photography can be more trouble than it’s worth. All that finicky business of transferring the pictures to your computer, then printing them out on the right kind of printer and paper, etc. The Polaroid Z2300 is an instant camera that gives you the option of printing your pics straight from the camera, or saving them to an SD card for digital storage. The pictures have peel-off adhesive backs, so you can stick them straight into scrapbooks, etc. All-in-all, a neat product for fun photos without the fuss, and also shoots videos. The demo below is from the Home Shopping Network.
Art therapy is often recommended for autism, as a way to improve coordination, de-stress and express oneself freely. Many autistics may find the use of a paintbrush intimidating and difficult, because of poor fine-muscle control. Washing brushes is also a time-consuming and messy business. Finger painting allows one to use the sense of touch as an additional tool for guiding the hand, and also adds to the tactile pleasure of the experience. Iris Scott is a wonderful finger-painter I came across on YouTube, where she demonstrates her technique through videos. She uses latex gloves, a good idea for keeping the hands clean and smooth. To change colors, she just wipes her gloved hand with a paper towel before dabbing a new shade. She recommends Holbein Aqua Oils paint. Enjoy more videos on her YouTube channel and visit her website for more info.
As a young architect, Magda Mostafa was given the task of designing an educational centre for autism. She searched the research literature for autistic-friendly design guidelines, and found very little. So she did her own research from the ground up, and published her findings in An Architecture for Autism, the most-downloaded article from the International Journal of Architecture Research for 2012. For more on Magda, check out this interview with her from ArchDaily.