Mom Creates "Easy" Clothing Line For Autistic People
For people with autism, 'simple' tasks like getting dressed are difficult. Because they have issues with fine motor skills their independence is hindered. Lauren Theirry witnesses this first hand with her 17-year-old son, Liam. It could take him upwards of 30 minutes just to get dressed for school in the morning.
"I know it sounds like such a non-issue, and yet, if your kid can't get dressed, they can't get out of the house," Thierry, who lives with her family in Madison, Connecticut, said. "You start to realize mom is not going to live forever."
The helpful mom knew she had to do something to help. She launched a clothing line called, Independence Day Clothing. The items of clothing can't be worn incorrectly. For example, no matter which way you put on a shirt or pants, they won't be backwards. They are also made of soft material so they won't be bothered by fabric. Another cool feature is they can be equipped with a GPS chip so you can always find your child. "I don't look at it as a spy technique," she said. "If you ever felt that pit in your stomach of, 'Where is my special needs kid who cannot speak up or tell you where he lives,' [you'll understand.]"
While Thierry created the line to make it easier for autistic people get dressed, she also wanted to make them feel independent and self sufficient. They can get up, dress themselves, feel accomplished and ready to start their day!
"We really changed the conversation," Thierry said. "They can get up, get dressed and feel good about themselves. Why not start the day on a positive note?"
H/T ABC news