March 19, 2015
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Picture yourself as a parent of a child with a sensory processing disorder. Each day you have to wake up an hour earlier to help your teenage son get dressed. It has become part of your morning routine but just imagine your morning with that additional hour spent elsewhere – like sleeping! This was the life of Lauren Thierry, a parent and her autistic 17-year-old son, Liam.
Lauren Thierry not only thought all of this through, she went the extra mile to work with designer Dalila Anderson-Gunn to create their own clothing line for kids with sensory sensitivities called, Independence Day. PopSugar.com gave all the details on this clothing line. It was created to help autistic kids have a little more independence by dressing themselves without assistance. The clothing is reversible so that it can be worn inside out. To top that off, it’s sensory-friendly which means the clothing is soft, no buttons, zippers, collars, or tags. The official website is: www.independencedayclothing.com
Seems like the perfect gift to most parents, but some feel otherwise. The major dispute is whether or not children will eventually learn how to properly dress themselves. Without the clothing line, are they truly figuring out how to become independent? Thierry feels that the brand merely removes the obstacles.
Though the Independence Day clothing line was designed for children with sensory issues, they’re not the only brand working toward the same goal. Below are eight additional clothing lines to suit up the kids. FriendshipCircle.org put together a list of sensory-friendly clothing lines who wish to meet similar needs.
Soft was founded in 2007. It’s clothing is made from organic cotton, non-toxic dyes, tagless labels, and flat seams.
Smart Knit Kids
Smart Knit Kids focuses on seamless socks, underwear, and t-shirts for boys and girls. Key features:
- Free of seams
- Reduces wrinkling
- Unique, no heel design
- Comfortable non-binding top
Kozie Clothes were designed with soft and tactile pleasing fabrics. They also offer weighted clothing, compression clothing, and weighed vests.
Therapro offers their clients a wide variety of categories for occupational therapists, speech therapists, educators, and parent. Their line includes:
- sensory smart vests
All of the above are seamless, soft cottons, and designed for those with sensory sensitivities.
Fun and Function
Fun and Function has hundreds of clothing options for special needs parents and therapists. You can rest assure that their products are super soft, seamless, and tagless.
They also have apparel with graphics available.
Kickee Pants targeted the idea of no restrictions while wearing pants. The fabric is made out of the softest bamboo cotton. But they make more than pants.
- and more!
The World’s Softest makes over 40 different soft socks for men and women. You can choose from several styles like:
- low cut
- mini crew
- over the calf
- and more!
No Netz is a bathing suit company for men and boys with no lining or net. Yes, even swimming can be uncomfortable for anyone with sensory issues.
These companies have made it their mission to make clothing one less hassle in the life of anyone with sensory related issues. As time progresses, this may become a trend among well-known brands.
Cullum, E. (n.d). Clothing Line For Kids With Autism | POPSUGAR Moms. Retrieved from http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Clothing-Line-Kids-Autism-37092031
8 Online Stores To Purchase Sensory Friendly Clothing. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/01/21/8-online-stores-to-purchase-sensory-friendly-clothing