What inspired Spectra?
My name is Meta, with a now teenage daughter with ASD; I have had great difficulty for many years in finding clothes which she would wear and not hide somewhere in the closet, hoping I wouldn’t notice. After meeting lots of other parents in the same position I decided to develop a range accessible to the sensory needs of those with ASD.
Caring for a child with Autism is a continuous learning process, any parent lucky enough to care for a child with ASD will tell you that you will need to adjust your parenting style and become aware of your child’s alternative needs and dislikes.
Learning to understand my daughters sensory issues helped us communicate better and through listening to her in ways that was comfortable and accessible to her, I began to piece together what she liked to do, the clothes she liked to wear and the things in her life that caused her stress and agitation.
One of the major issues I have faced and one that caused great stress for my daughter was clothing. Washing labels, itchy materials and seams are just a few of the things that caused her sensory discomfort. Christmas time would cause her stress as all the other children would be wearing heavy wool jumpers with reindeers and Santa; for her the nature of these clothes would cause her so much sensory stress that she would not be able to take part and this led her to feel even more isolated from her peers.
Knowing which clothes she didn’t like was a real benefit in making sure we didn’t buy her items that were not accessible but did not help much in finding things she would like – after networking with other mums and support groups who were going through the same circumstances I decided that it was about time there was an ASD friendly clothing range.
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