Published on in CHOP News
Parents, clinicians and researchers alike are working to find ways to reduce the distress caused by sensory issues for children with autism. Now retailers are joining in with sensory-friendly clothing — clothing with softer fabrics and without tags and seams.
Emily Kuschner, PhD, a psychologist in the Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), discusses the many benefits of sensory-friendly clothing, such as improving attention and reducing distress for a child with autism. While wearing sensory-friendly clothing can help avoid meltdowns, Dr. Kuschner also suggests parents, with guidance from clinicians, expose children to experience wearing other clothing as a way to help build their skills to cope with distress.