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Learn How to Choose the Right Clothing for Your Autistic Child

Having a house that is full of children is at times very hectic, but always filled with joy and laughter. When you have an autistic child, the moments of joy can sometimes be overshadowed by some of their intricacies they cannot control. Many people do not realize how unique and special autistic children are until they are around them. They live a life that is unique from any other child and can fill a parent’s heart with more joy and love than they ever thought possible.

Being the parent of an autistic child is not without its challenges. Many autistic children have sensory issues that make it difficult for them to live life the way children without sensory issues live. Children without autism often have a favorite outfit simply because they like the way it looks, whereas autistic children have favorite attire for the way it feels against their skin. The following guide walks you through a few tips for finding the right clothing for your autistic child.

Take Them with You to Feel Different Textures
When you go to buy clothes for your child, consider taking them with you to go and feel the clothing with their own hands. This will allow you to learn which fabrics your child likes and which they do not. Make a note of which fabrics are their favorite so that you can shop for those fabrics when you shop for items online or when your child is not with you. 

Consider the Texture of Items before You Buy Them
There are some autistic children who cannot handle certain elements of clothing. Some children cannot handle the way the zippers feel when they touch their skin or the way it feels when you zip and unzip them.

Some children prefer seamless socks because they do not have to feel the seam of the socks going over their toes. Some children prefer hooded jackets, whereas others only want to wear a hat when the weather gets colder. Taking the time to accommodate the needs of your child will ensure that they are as happy and healthy as they can be at all times.

Consider the Colors that Are Most Appealing to Your Child
There are some autistic children who are drawn to clothing that features one color more than another color. It is important to realize that the child may not be able to explain why the color makes them feel so comfortable. Try your best to find clothing in the colors that give your child peace and confidence to tackle each day.

Consider the Sizes of the Clothing
When you are choosing clothing for your child to wear, you need to be sure that it fits him or her in a way that they feel most comfortable. The clothing should not be too tight or it could feel restrictive when your child goes to put it on. Likewise, you do not want clothing that is too large or it could fall off your child while they are playing.

Consider the Fasteners
When choosing a coat or pants for your child, consider the fasteners before making a purchase. If your child does not like zippers, you may want to choose items that have a Velcro fastener. Buttons can often be difficult for autistic children to secure because they do not have the dexterity needed to fasten the buttons securely.

Once you have considered all of these factors, you will be ready to start shopping for clothes for your child. Let him or her decide which outfits they want to wear so that they can feel that they are in control of an aspect in their life.