Makers of Adaptive Clothing for Disabled Children with Autism and Cerebral Palsy Make Dressing Dramas a Thing of the Past
SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia April, 2013 – Of every 1000 live births in Victoria, at least two children will be diagnosed as having cerebral palsy before the age of five, making it the most common physical disability children face. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that too many Australians with disabled children are facing a major challenge each and every day – changing their children’s clothes. Dressing children with autism and cerebral palsy can be extremely difficult and distressing for both parent and child.
Ann Boer is no stranger to this dilemma as her grandchild, Lacey Shea, suffers from severe cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy. Watching Lacey and her parents struggle with changing clothes inspired Ann to talk with her sisters Kay and Lois about the difficulties of dressing Lacey. Because of her background in retail, Ann knows that adaptive clothing for disabled kids is not usually available in the larger stores. In March 2012, Ann and her sisters launched Inspired by Lacey Shea to design and supply colourful and comfortable clothing for children with unique abilities.
Ann, Marketing Manager at Inspired by Lacey Shea says, “Our aim is to provide easy on easy off dressing for children with permanent or temporary disability. Dressing any child or getting them to dress themselves can sometimes be a challenge for the best of parents. We have created adaptive clothing for disabled children that are practical, smart, and trendy. Our easy access clothes are suitable for permanent or temporary disabilities. With these clothes, our customers are making dressing dramas a thing of the past and turning the experience into a relaxed and fun time for everyone.”
Ann’s offers 12 tips to making dressing dramas a thing of the past on her website www.inspiredbylaceyshea.com.au/, and she shares 6 of them here:
1. Ensure that garments are made of fabric with adequate “give” to allow it to go over the head easily without causing any unwanted fear or tantrums.
2. If a child has a condition affecting mobility or movement, put the garment on the affected side first.
3. Don’t try to straighten a stiff arm with force or speed as this may result in increased stiffness. Try to straighten it slowly.
4. Autistic children can be just like any other child when it comes to dressing. Sometimes they just don’t want to dress themselves. Perhaps a little “reinforcement” could help. Try adaptive clothing for disabled children with a print of something they like on it; this may be just enough to create an interest and a desire to want to put it on. This is also a great gift idea.
5. It is important not to expect too much from a child by pushing them to learn skills they’re not ready for. Be patient and allow your child to progress to the best of their ability and at their own pace.
6. Remember, self-dressing plays a big part in developing independence, responsibility, and co-operation, allowing the parent more time to focus on the next task at hand.
Inspired by Lacey Shea’s adaptive clothing for disabled children are made especially to suit children of all needs, including wheelchairs, walkers, bikes, and buggies. These easy on easy off garments are designed for all types of movement; they are even great for sitting down as they are made from soft, durable fabrics and secured with snap fasteners. Everything in the Inspired by Lacey Shea range is easy care and machine washable. The colours are bright and trendy and garments feature contrasting trim and special features to accommodate medical devices.
- Contact Information
- Ann Boer
- Marketing Manager
- Inspired by Lacey Shea
- (61) 0421 600 623
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