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Updated on June 16, 2012

Sensory Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

If you have a child with special needs that include Sensory Integration Dysfunction, then you probably already know how hard it can be to find clothes that are comfortable for your child. Did you know that aside from tagless shirts, you can now find sensory friendly products like weighted vests, seamless socks, pressure shirts, and pressure shorts?

Over the past few years, more and more companies have begun adding to the number of sensory friendly clothes available! Some items are simply for comfort, some provide calming proprioceptive input!

The designs are becoming more and more attractive and sensory clothing in many cases now looks just like "regular clothes" which is great as your child matures and starts wanting to fit in! Most kids begin becoming more concerned about their appearance right around first grade, so sometimes kids with "special" clothes try to avoid wearing them for fear it will make them "stick out" around that age.

* Image shows Sensational Hug Solid White shirt- available below

Deep Pressure and weight are calming

It used to be very difficult to find a children's weighted vest especially an attractive one! The older styles of weighted vests look very much like adaptive equipment and while they are super effective, they do draw attention to the fact that the child has special needs which discourages some kids from keeping it on as they mature.

Today there are far more options! My favorite option here is using two pieces to create that same effect! A tight, squeezing shirt with a casually fitting weighted vest on top! Layering them like this does two things... it looks more like a regular outfit which can really help the child to feel more at ease but also if the child does not need the weight for a while (or if they get too warm) they can take off the vest and they are still getting some great sensory input from the shirt!

Sensational Hug Dino Shirt

Blue Dino HugMe Shirt Size: 8-10
Blue Dino HugMe Shirt Size: 8-10

The Sensational Hug Dino Shirt offers reassuring pressure throughout the abdomen, torso and arms, This pressure is like a gentle hug and produces a very calming effect for the child. I love this shirt because it is very effective, but it also has a cool dinosaur on it (other designs available, see below) which makes the shirt more of a favorite piece of clothing and less like a therapy product in the child's eyes!

 

More Sensational Hug Shirts

Fleece Weighted Vest

Navy Weighted Fleece Zippered Vest with Pocket
Navy Weighted Fleece Zippered Vest with Pocket

This Navy Blue Fleece Weighted vest offers excellent sensory input to provide a calming sensation. The gentle weight feels like a soft hug. This vest looks just like regular clothing!

2lb weights are included with the vest which is available in Small, Medium and Large and it is best to use in fall, winter and spring.

 

Police Dressing Vest - Can Double as a weighted vest- weights sold separately

This is a really cool dressing vest to help kids learn to do zippers, snaps, ties and buttons! It does have pockets for weights (which are sold separately) and it is also great for helping your child play pretend! There are other occupations to choose from as well!

Seamless Sensitivity Socks

These are a great option for kids who have very sensitive feet! I have SID, and socks are my big thing as far as clothing goes, I am VERY picky about socks! I usually wear thick microfiber socks, but they are kind of ugly and bright, but regular white socks hurt....

Seamless Sensitivity Socks
Seamless Sensitivity Socks

Good thing that these are NOT regular socks! These seamless socks are wonderful and they have a special "no Heel" design which prevents the kids from growing out of them. They are 100% seamless, so no irritating strings or bumps press up on your child's feet by the toes or anywhere else!

These awesome sensory friendly socks are available in ankle length or knee high in black, pink or white- select style, color and size before checking out!

 

What type of sensory clothes would be your favorite?

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Those seamless socks sound great! Interesting lens and well done.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very good info - thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was another really interesting lens and and a really helpful one for parents whose children suffer from this disorder well done

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this great lens .. dear lady :) I'm so sure if you plan to do with your next lens about "special needs toys" wonderfully with your worthy guide and advices for helping whole families and all of us to learn more and get the joy :)

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Came back to google +1 this unique and helpful lens.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      For me, the socks, as I hate it when my socks are bunched up. For my daughter I look for shirts without the tags (the tags really bother her around the neck). Thank goodness most underwear now has no tags too. This is a great lens . . I think many folks (neuro-typical or not) are more comfortable in clothing that doesn't irritate us (some places more than others - ha). Nothing is more distasteful than having to 'adjust' something in a private part area.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      For me, the socks, as I hate it when my socks are bunched up. For my daughter I look for shirts without the tags (the tags really bother her around the neck). Thank goodness most underwear now has no tags too. This is a great lens . . I think many folks (neuro-typical or not) are more comfortable in clothing that doesn't irritate us (some places more than others - ha). Nothing is more distasteful than having to 'adjust' something in a private part area.