In a world that is becoming increasingly aware of the diverse needs of children, school uniform policies are coming under scrutiny for their potential adverse effects on the learning experiences of children with autism and sensory sensitivities. In a recent newspaper article,,  Rare Birds Clothing and The National Autistic Society, issued an urgent plea for schools to review their uniform policies. In this blog post, we will explore the challenges posed by traditional school uniforms and our commitment to providing sensory-friendly clothing solutions for children who need them.

The Impact of School Uniforms

Traditional school uniforms, while offering a sense of unity and identity, can be problematic for children with autism and sensitivities. These uniforms often come with features such as stiff collars, itchy fabrics, tight waistbands, and tags that can cause discomfort and distress. For children already navigating sensory sensitivities, these challenges can further hinder their ability to focus and learn effectively.

Our Commitment to Inclusive Fashion

At Rare Birds Clothing, our mission has always been clear: to create clothing that not only looks good but also feels great to wear. We firmly believe that fashion should be inclusive and comfortable for everyone, regardless of their unique needs. This commitment has led us to develop a line of sensory-friendly clothing that addresses the challenges posed by traditional uniforms.

Collaboration with The National Autistic Society

Our dedication to making a difference in the lives of children with autism and sensitivities has led us to collaborate with The National Autistic Society. Together, we've placed an urgent call to schools to consider the specific needs of these children when it comes to uniforms. Our goal is to raise awareness about the importance of sensory-friendly clothing and promote positive change in school uniform policies.

Features of Sensory-Friendly Clothing

So, what makes our clothing sensory-friendly? We've put a lot of thought and care into our designs, ensuring that every garment caters to the unique needs of children with sensitivities. Here are some key features of our sensory-friendly clothing:

  1. Soft Fabrics: We use soft, breathable materials such as Organic Cotton and Bamboo fabric that feel gentle against the skin, reducing the risk of irritation.

  2. Soft Seams:  Our clothing is carefully crafted with flat, soft seams, ensuring that there are no rough edges or threads that can rub against the skin. This design reduces friction and prevents irritation, allowing children to focus on their activities without distractions.

  3. Tag-less Design: Our clothing is tag-less to eliminate the discomfort caused by scratchy tags.

  4. Magnetic Zippers: Traditional zippers can be tricky for children with fine motor challenges or those who struggle with buttons and snaps. Magnetic zippers, on the other hand, offer an innovative solution. They easily connect with a gentle touch, making it effortless for children to open and close their garments independently. This promotes a sense of autonomy and reduces frustration during dressing routines

  5. Adjustable Elements: We incorporate adjustable waistbands and closures to provide a customisable fit for maximum comfort.

Customer Stories and Testimonials

The impact of our sensory-friendly clothing can best be understood through the experiences of our customers. Here are some heartwarming testimonials from parents and caregivers who have witnessed the positive changes our clothing has brought to the lives of their children:

"My autistic son struggles with the touch and feel of his clothes socks are particularly uncomfortable for him but these were fantastic super soft with no seams he absolutely loves them can’t show you a picture because he is at school wearing them xx" 

"Great hoodie. My son hasn’t quite figured out yet that he can zip it up on his own but sure he will the more he wears it. Lovely quality and feel."

In a world that is becoming increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we consider the unique needs of every child, especially those with autism and sensory sensitivities. Traditional school uniforms should not be a barrier to their comfort and learning. At Rare Birds Clothing, we are committed to making a difference by providing sensory-friendly clothing solutions and raising awareness about this important issue. Together with The National Autistic Society, we will continue to advocate for positive change and inclusivity in school uniform policies.

We invite you to explore our range of sensory-friendly clothing, designed with love and care to make a real difference in the lives of children with autism and sensitivities. Follow us on social media for updates on our initiatives and support the cause of inclusive fashion. Together, we can ensure that every child feels comfortable, confident, and ready to take on the world.