Dedications. List of Figures. Acknowledgments. Part 1: Beginnings 1. Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) 2. Theories Influencing Design for ASD 3. Human-Environment Interaction 4. Perception, Cognition, and Sensation Part 2: Designing for the Senses 5. Sight 6. Auditory 7. Touch/Tactile 8. Proprioception/Vestibular Part 3: Designing Realistic Environments 9. Design Considerations for Autism Spectrum Disorders 10. Learning Environments 11. Home Environments 12. Work Environments 13. Therapeutic Environments 14. Connections to the Outdoors Glossary. Bibliography. Index
Kristi Gaines is the Director of the Graduate Programs in Interior and Environmental Design at Texas Tech University. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design with collaterals in architecture and special education. Dr. Gaines has a combined 20 years of professional interior design and teaching experience. Angela Bourne is an Interior Designer and Educator at Fanshawe College in Canada. Over her 30 plus years in the profession, she has kept current by regularly practicing interior design and most recently combined her PhD research in Environmental Design with her practice to form her holistic company, "Nero-Considerate Environments." Michelle Pearson is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Program at Texas Tech University. She received her PhD in Interior and Environmental Design. Her research focuses on built environments that promote health and wellness in children. Mesha Kleibrink graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Interior Design and Master of Science in Environmental Design. She is an associate member of IIDA and currently works as an interior designer and analyst at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.