Sensory Friendly Clothing
Our sensory friendly clothing has been developed in partnership with Thomas & Friends and the National Autistic Society. We've worked really closely with these partners, so when we say these are sensory friendly clothes, they really are!
Autism affects how someone communicates and interacts with the world. Around 1 in 100 people are autistic. Every autistic person will have different strengths and skills and face varying challenges. Some autistic children are highly sensitive to the feel and colour of certain materials, to the extent that some clothing is unpleasant or even painful to wear. This range has been developed in collaboration with the National Autistic Society who conducted research with families of autistic children and ran focus groups at the charity’s Helen Allison School in Kent.
In April 2021, *the National Autistic Society conducted a survey of over 1,500 parents whose autistic children are under the age of 16. According to the results of the survey, the biggest considerations in choosing clothing are:
- Pull on clothing
- Easy dressing clothing
- No labels
- No buttons
- Velcro fastenings
The clothing range has been designed with these insights in mind - with soft fabric and includes items such as loose-fitting t-shirts, jumpers, and tracksuits, all designed for ease of dressing.
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*Survey commissioned by Mattel and run by the National Autism Society, April 2021.