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Why Sensory Friendly Clothing For Children With Autism And SPD Is A Smart Idea

January 06, 2018

There are a wide range of processes that we go through on a daily basis without consciously thinking about. Whether it’s walking, talking, keeping balance, or the 12 primary systems of the human body that are continuously running, your brain makes it possible just to exist. Similarly, for the most part, we don’t think about the clothes we wear. We get dressed, and until it is time to change again, we don’t tend to invest time into how the fabric against our skin and how our clothes sit on our bodies. For children with autism and SPD however, these two thought processes are a massive part of their routine. With their clothing pressing and rubbing up against their sensitive skin all day, it is vital that your sensory-sensitive child clothes allow them to experience a pleasant tactile sensation. You can help them get this by upgrading your child's wardrobe to include adaptive sensory clothing.


These sensory friendly clothes are garments designed specifically for children and individuals with sensory issues. Tags, metal attachments, and seams can often irk special needs children as the accessories are scratchy and very uncomfortable on the skin. Instead, products that are tagless and seamless with covered metal or plastic fastenings are much more pleasant and can prevent the clothes from feeling like they are pinching or rubbing.


Sensory overload is lots to deal with at the best of times without your child also having to worry about how their clothes feel. Common gripes often arise around any attachments to the material, the fabric itself, or the way that the garments fit on your child’s body. Adaptive bodysuits are a fantastic solution as they sit comfortably and are designed to look like a regular vest or tee shirt; saving your child's dignity as well as staying fashionable. These poppered undergarments take away the need for your special needs child to continually rearrange their outfits and they are in a fixed position so that it does not uncomfortably rub against their skin.

Compression clothing offers a similar solution for autistic children and children with SPD in the same way they’d get comfort from a weighted blanket. By providing just the right amount of pressure, your little one will feel calmer and safer than wearing a standard cotton alternative.  


Special needs children are not acting 'dramatic' when they demonstrate extreme discomfort in their clothes, and they will not grow out of their sensory problems. The only ‘cure’ is management, and the best way to achieve that is through adaptive sensory clothing. The more comfortable your child is in his and her wardrobe, the better their overall happiness, and less distracted they become. There is no one size fits all solution, and some children respond to fabric differently, so the best feedback is from your little one. 


To give yourself your best chance of finding the right solution, you want to look for garments that are tagless, made from soft materials, and minimise the amount of faff they have throughout the day. Our adaptive clothing range offers all these benefits and more. Take a look at our collection to upgrade your child's wardrobe today.

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Size Guide

KayCey Size Chart

KayCey bodysuit size chart
UK(Age) Europeon(up to) US Chest(up to) Body Length(up to) Weight(up to) Tube Access Width
2 96cm/38" 2T 56cm/22" 44cm/18" 18kg/40lbs 8cm/3"
3-4 107cm/42" 3T-4T 60cm/24" 50cm/20" 21kg/46lbs 9cm/3.5"
5-6 116cm/46" 5-6 64cm/25" 54cm/21" 25kg/55lbs 10cm/4"
7-8 128cm/50" 7-8 69cm/27" 58cm/23" 35kg/77lbs 11cm/4.5"
9-10 140cm/55" 9-10 73cm/29" 61cm/24" 44kg/97lbs 12cm/5"
11-12 152cm/60" 11-12 85cm/33" 66cm/26" 54kg/119lbs 13cm/5"
13-14 164cm/65" 13-14 90cm/36" 72cm/28" 66kg/146lbs 14cm/5.5"
15-16 172cm/69" 15-16 102cm/40" 76cm/30" 72kg/158lbs 15cm/5.9"


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