AUTISM ONLINE STORES

ONLINE STORES FOR AUTISM-FRIENDLY CLOTHES

Sensory issues are one of the many challenges that people on the autism spectrum have to overcome and live with. Some clothing features that seem pretty tolerable and normal for neurotypical individuals become distracting and highly discomforting for autistic people. Items such as buttons, zippers, garters, and itchy fabrics are the common enemies of autistic individuals with sensory issues. Parents of autistic children have come together and raised the need for the design and manufacture of special clothing tailored for their autistic kids. So are adult autistic individuals who find it very essential to wear autism-friendly outfits to reduce stress from work and improve performance. Out from these pressing needs, there is an apparently growing market for autism-friendly apparels today, both in physical and virtual types of stores.

Some brick and mortar clothing stores offer an array of special clothing for autistic children and adults. They usually designate a specific corner of their store for these products where buyers can easily see and check out the garments. However, since the market for autism-friendly clothing is still expanding, such physical stores and outlets may not be existing in your locality or region. When the plan to travel miles and hours just to get into a store like this becomes pretty inconvenient both time wise and financially, it would be better to look for the alternative and that pertains to the presence of virtual shops that you can find online.

JettProof

The company was named after the son of the two co-founding parents.  They are part of the growing community of concerned and loving parents who are constantly looking for ways to improve the life of their autistic child. Jeff was diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Global Developmental Delay at the age of three. After years of research, coupled with their increasing awareness and experience with autism through their son, the parents decided to come up with their own brand of autism-tailored apparel.

JettProof prides itself with their own innovative clothing technology CalmTex, which is a kind of special fabric that is comfortable to wear in all types of climate conditions. It is also sweat-resistant and helps regulate the wearer’s body temperature.

SmartKnitKIDS

This brand of autism-friendly garments focuses on the manufacture of quality t-shirt, socks, and underwear for children of both sexes, and is now expanding their line of products to cater adult customers. In 2010 and 2011, SmartKnitKIDS patented their Seamless Undies and Seamless UnderTee product lines respectively, which are designed to reduce the discomfort caused by clothing seams worn over.

Hickies

The story behind the creation of this unique brand of clothing line started from a pair of lovers’ passion for sneakers. Gastón Frydlewski and Mariquel Waingarten are both a fan of sneaker shoes except for the fact that they have to use shoelaces every time they wear a pair. Envisioning a unique and promising marketing idea for their shared sentiments about sneakers and shoelaces, they began their Kickstarter campaign by introducing the concept of a no-shoelace footwear line. Having garnered huge funding success and positive feedbacks, they flew to New York City to build their company. Today, the founding partners are happily married and are actively innovating their footwear line. The products use a uniquely designed lacing system that works on all types of shoes with eyelets. It replaces the standard shoelaces with a set of new ones made from an elastic material that fits according to your shoe size.

Kozie Clothes

The founder Susan Donohoe practices Pediatric Occupational Therapy for over three decades and is a mother of six children. The great amount of experience she’s gained from working with autistic kids and her additional certification in Sensory Integration and SIPT testing have given her the motivation and expertise to open her own clothing line that addresses the growing need for autism-friendly clothing. Kozie Clothes was launched in 2006, as a result of Donohoe’s collaboration with other health care providers, educators, and manufacturers. Donohoe’s goal is to apply her background knowledge about Neuroscience Principles into the design of Kozie Clothes’ garment products, which are now displayed for sale in their virtual store in a wide array of designs and prices.

Therapro

Their virtual store displays a wide variety of speech and occupational therapy supplies with the commitment to their goal of providing high quality and affordable tools for educators, caregivers, parents and therapists in their efforts of treating autistic kids. Their clothing section is filled with sensory calming garments, from undergarments to shirts and vests, with weight option features included.

Sensory Direct

Their virtual store is all about clothing products that have weight-option features for pressure-loving customers. They have a wide selection of deep pressure vests, weighted hoody, jackets and waistcoats, and belts for autistic people with sensory issues. Launched in 2005, Sensory Direct is another online shop that was created out of the founder parents’ love for their autistic child.

Fun and Function

This is an online store that incorporates the energetic nature of kids to their line of apparels. All of their products are manufactured using a soft fabric and eliminates unwanted clothing features such as tags and buttons. The best part about their products is that they’re fashionable, with colourful and interesting designs that kids will surely love to wear. They also sell accessories and toys aside from their clothing section.

Now that you know some of the existing virtual stores for autism-friendly clothing today, your next responsibility as parents is to make sure that the quality of the product meets your expectations and standards. There is no point in looking for the cheapest prices on the web if what’s been delivered to you are garments that can only last a couple of weeks or are not effective at all in addressing your child’s sensory issues. If you can’t make a sound judgment, you can consult online reviews about the site and their products. However, avoid reading reviews from Amazon and other retail stores because there’s a great chance that these reviews are synthetic.