It's not just a Onesie - It's The Sensory Onesie
It's not just a Onesie - It's a Sensory Onesie
Over the past few months, we've been working closely with the National Autistic Society to come up with a Onesie that provides comfort and peace of mind for those on the Autistic Spectrum.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 700,000 people in the UK.
Although everyone is different, people on the autism spectrum may be under or oversensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely difficult.
Hand in hand with The National Autistic Society we invited groups of local children affected by Autism to come and visit our factory to help us create the perfect Onesie.
“An extra aspect of autism, which isn’t in the diagnostic criteria, is the sensory element – and it’s very apparent,” said Helen Sutherland, the mother of one of the children. “It can be smell, it can be taste, it can be texture…but – generally, definitely – it can be touch.”
''We have to choose clothes so carefully. Children don’t like labels because they find them really scratchy. They’re hypersensitive to seams and materials. Tight cuffs irritate them. They don’t like press studs as opposed to zips,”
They were asked which fabrics they preferred for softness, warmth and comfort and what they would find uncomfortable.
The children's input has been so important, when things weren't right, they really weren't right. They provided raw and honest feedback, what they liked, they loved, and what they didn't, they couldn't tolerate.
“The children all told me what they wanted on their Onesies and having the ability to choose not to have a hood or feet or to have the feet detachable was a huge revelation. They loved the idea of creating their own and making it just as they wanted.''
Kate Dawson, Director, The All-in-One Company
Thanks to the National Autistic Society, the children, and our brilliant development team, together we have come up with the Sensory Onesie.
“The girls have thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s given them a voice. They know they’ve been listened to. I think that’s huge for them. It makes them feel less of a minority,” said Claire, mother of Grace, another one of the children.
Since launching in 2008, instead of offering you a range of off-shelf products, we have allowed our customers to create their own Onesies on our Personalised Onesie Builder, which has led us to become leaders in mass customisation.
We have always met the needs of the individual, and staying true to our beliefs, our Sensory Onesies is totally customisable too, and since Autism affects people in many different ways, our Create-your-Own Sensory Onesie is perfect.
Our new Sensory Onesie is sewn in a particular way so that the seams feel seamless and there’s nothing that irritates.
Donna Swan, who runs Calmer Therapy – a support group in Ashington for parents of children with additional needs – also brought her son, 10-year-old Joshua (and eight other children) to The All-in-One Company.
“Something as simple as changing their clothes can just fix it like that – like a magic wand. Trying to get him out of his Onesie might become another issue, though!”
“When given their first Sensory Onesie to try all three children loved them and didn’t want to take them off to go home! We are over the moon to have been able to help the National Autistic Society and children and adults affected by autism, making their lives a little bit more comfortable and snuggletastic.”
Tried and tested, our Sensory Onesie is loved and adored, and will soon be available to buy on our website.
Daphne loves her Onesie. I thank you so much for all of your kindness and generosity. The whole experience was amazing for us all but Daphne will benefit so much. She is so proud of her new item and also feels very comfortable - she even slept in it last night.
You have such a friendly yet professional arrangement. It was the perfect introduction to business - such a brilliant experience.
Thank you again, from Helen and Daphne'
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