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Sensory Clothes: Clothing Items for Fidgeting and Behavior

This article provides helpful information about sensory clothes you can purchase to help kids who struggle with tactile issues. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.

Sensory clothes are sometimes difficult to find, but many parents still want their kids to have fun pajamas or outfits for when they go back to school. If you have a child with sensory disorders, you know dressing them in the morning can lead to fights and frustration. Children with sensory disorders often struggle with textures of clothing, tags, seams, zippers or buttons.

Even if your child struggles with textures, you can still find your child comfortable sensory clothes that reduces fidgeting and also provides soft material to help them stay comfortable throughout the day. Your child’s clothes could mean the difference in the classroom if they can’t attend and focus because of textures that bother them. Another great reason to find them the right types of sensory clothes for their sensory needs is that many of these items provide tactile-friendly features to enhance the sensory input they receive. For example, many of the items below have pockets for weighted items, fidgets attached or materials allowing them to chew on their clothes. These small attachments really help calm a sensory child’s body, which allows them to listen to the teacher and follow directions in school rather than being distracted by uncomfortable clothing.

Sensory Clothing Suggestions

If you are looking for sensory-friendly clothing items, here are a few suggestions that may help.

Sensory Pants and Leggings

Some kids are extremely sensitive to textures of clothing, zippers, snaps or seams against their skin. Finding pants that are comfortable, lose fitting and adjustable can be helpful for kids who experience sensitivities to texture. In addition, if a child has a retained Spinal Galant reflex or a retained Moro reflex, the child may have trouble wearing pants with belts, elastics around the waist or any bands that put pressure on the child’s back. Many times, this triggers the retained reflex and will cause the child discomfort and even attention and focus issues in the classroom. Here are a few of our suggestions for pants and leggings that tend to be more sensory-friendly:

Summer Leggings

Sensory-friendly Jegging

Boy’s Sweatpants

Compression Joggers

Sensory-friendly Socks

Socks with seams can really bother children and may cause them to fidget if they are uncomfortable. Try to look for socks without seams. Some kids prefer shorter socks, while others prefer tall socks depending on their level of sensitivity. The material in sensory-friendly socks tend to be more soft and comfortable so they don’t bother their skin. Check out a few of these sock options below if your child hates wearing socks:

Bamboo Seamless Ankle Socks

Seamless Sensory Socks (Long)

Soft Flate Seam Socks (mid-length)

Breathable Mesh Socks (ankle-length)

Sensory Shirts and Tops

Some kids are so sensitive to clothing that they immediately want to get out of their clothes the minute they walk in the door. Shirts can be especially tricky when kids struggle with long sleeves, neck lines or seams on the sides of shirts. Purchasing shirts that provide some type of deep pressure or compression can help calm the body and provide kids with the security they need. Sensory-friendly shirts may even temporarily relieve kids of their sensitivities so they can self-regulate and focus more in the classroom. Here are a few suggestions that provide kids with more sensory-friendly options when it comes to shirts and tees:

Long Sleeve Compression Shirt

Hug Tank Top Compression Shirt

Short Sleeve Compression T-Shirt

V-neck Hug Compression Tee

Sensory Shorts

Kids with sensory sensitivities and tactile issues often struggle with shorts they same way as they have a hard time with pants. Tight clothing and waistbands can be really uncomfortable for many of these kids. However, sometimes pants can bother kids if they don’t like the feel of the material on their legs. There are kids with sensory sensitivities that prefer to wear shorts year-round, even during the winter months. Or, you can have a child who prefers to have their legs fully covered at all times. No matter what your child’s preference, here are some good options if you are trying to encourage your sensitive child to try shorts for the summer months or as an alternative option to pants. 

Soft Pull-on Shorts

Girl’s Bike Shorts

Boy’s Sensory-friendly Knit Shorts

Soft Drawstring Athletic Shorts

Weighted Vests

Weighted vests are helpful for many kids who experience sensory sensitivities. Kids who often seem hyperactive or have ADHD-like behavior tend to benefit from weighted vests because it can calm the body. Weighted vests provide kids who need lots of proprioceptive input with deep pressure and compression that their body desperately craves. Many weighted vests are soft, comfortable and don’t have tags or fastens that would be distracting or uncomfortable. You can even find some weighted vests with pockets for weighted items if kids prefer more weight for added compression. Here are a few great options to try if you are looking for a weighted vest for your child. 

Adjustable Weighted Vest

Sensory Compression and Deep Pressure Vest

Bubble Sensory Compression Vest

Breathable Deep Pressure Sensory Vest

Chewable Necklaces and Bands

Kids with oral sensory needs may need items to chew on throughout the day. If you notice your child constantly has something in his or her mouth or tends to chew on their clothing, their body needs more oral sensory input. Providing kids with chewable jewelry for their wrists or around their neck are typically less noticeable and don’t distract as often. Here are some options kids can wear daily to provide them with the oral sensory input they need. 

6-Pack Chewable Necklaces

Diamond Chew Necklaces

Chew Coil Bracelets 

Chewable Deep Pressure (Weighted) Bracelets

Sensory Pajamas

One of the toughest parts of the day for children with sensory disorders is bedtime. So many parents say that bedtime causes meltdowns and tears because it is so tough for them to sleep. Finding the right pair of pajamas could make a difference. You will want to avoid textures like wool and maybe even flannel. Cotton is usually your best bet. Adjust pajamas depending on their needs and what the find most comfortable. Some kids prefer lose-fitting clothing, while others don’t want sleeves or pants. Here are a few pajama ideas that may be helpful for kids who struggle at bedtime. 

Short Sleeved Body Suit

Family Feeling Pajamas

Summer Viscose Pajamas 

Solid Lose-fit Pajamas

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

No matter if you are at the grocery store and your child jumps at announcements, at noisy amusement parks, or trying to get your child to sleep, loud noise often bothers sensory kids. Potty training can be a huge problem because public bathrooms have loud flushing toilets and ear-wrenching hand dryers that send sensory kids into a panic or even physical pain. Sleeping can also be another challenge because the child may be so sensitive they can hear the TV in the other room, the hum of a dryer or even the wind hitting the house at night. It can be a problem both for the child and for you when there are sleepless nights. That’s why noise-cancelling headphones can be beneficial for kids who are sensitive to loud noise. Here are a few ideas to help you find the right headphones for your child. 

Zohan Ear Protection Headphones

Adjustable Noise Reduction Headphones 

Ear Protection Earmuffs

Alpine Muffy Noise Cancelling Headphones


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