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What is Sensory Clothing?

What is Sensory Clothing?
Some children will find the textures of certain fabrics overwhelming. Others might find tags and seams on clothing to be difficult to tolerate. You might find that some kids feel more comfortable in loose fitting clothing, while others might prefer clothes that are tightly fitted.
Children with sensory clothing issues can feel every seam, lump, bump, and wrinkle. They are extremely irritated by tags. In extreme cases, some children cannot tolerate wearing socks or shoes. 
Sensory clothing is designed to combat against these issues. Some of the benefits are:

  • Super soft organic fabrics
  • No tags or labels
  • Seamless feeling
  • Comfortable fit
  • Fidget accessory loops

Keeks are delighted to be able to offer SAM Sensory clothing to the Irish Market. Sam Sensory which has been awarded “Best Stress-Reducing Sensory Friendly Apparel Brand – Europe” provides fashionable high quality soft socks, trousers, T-shirts, hoodies without itchy seam or labels. SAM is a solution for 95% of all sensitive children. 
SAM Sensory is a company that focuses on sensitive friendly clothing that are also fashionable. SAM is unique because of the combination of fashion & well-being and ensures this way wearable well-being. SAM develops the products together with experts and tests the products with sensory sensitive children.
SAM arose from the experience of mama An and her search for clothes for her highly sensitive son. Read the story here.
All children love the SAM products, and they are also loved by highly sensitive children, children with autism, children with a sensitive skin or children in wheelchairs. SAM is called a lifesaver by many parents.

Here are a few tips for parents of sensory sensitive children who struggle with clothing:

  • Consider the child's individual needs. Some children may be more sensitive to certain fabrics than others. Look out for soft fabrics and clothing without itchy labels or seams to see what works best for your child.

  • Use clothing such as SAM sensory with super soft fabrics or natural materials.

  • Purchase multiple items of the same clothing that your child finds comfortable.

  • Avoid clothes with difficult fasteners—Large zipper pulls, velcro and drawstrings will keep children from getting frustrated.

  • In sensory sensitive children, dirty or wet clothing can trigger dysregulation, so always have extra clothing available.

  • Gradually introduce new clothing. If your child is not used to wearing certain types of clothing, introduce them slowly and in small doses.

  • Use positive reinforcement. Reward your child for wearing clothes and make it a positive happy experience.

  • Be patient and understanding. Children with sensory sensitivity may need more time and patience than other children when it comes to getting dressed.

  • Seek professional help. If your child's reluctance to wear clothes is causing significant distress or is impacting their daily life, it's important to seek the help of a professional. This could be a paediatrician, occupational therapist, or psychologist.

At Keeks we have a number of products to assist kids with sensory issues such as SAM Sensory clothing range, Polly and Andy Socks, SmartKnit seamless socks, No-tie shoe laces and Large Zipper pulls.

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