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Kohl’s Releasing Adaptive And Sensory-Friendly Clothing Items For Children With Special Needs




To be on the autism spectrum or have to live your life with any kind of special need can be challenging for a number of reasons. One of the most challenging things for parents and their kiddos is getting them in and out of their garments. This gets tougher and tougher the older the child gets because they get heavier and harder to move, if they’re unable to move themselves in the first place.


Kohl’s has become the newest company to include a sensory-friendly line of clothing catering to the special needs community. The department store joins the likes of Target and other big retailers who create clothing and other items for the ASD and special needs community. Kohl’s added sensory-friendly items to their already popular lines of kids clothing including Jumping Beans, SO, and Urban Pipeline.


“Kohl’s is committed to families –– all families, with all kinds of needs. Delivering on our purpose to empower these families, Kohl’s is excited to introduce adaptive clothing to our three largest, private-label kids’ brands, including Jumping Beans, SO and Urban Pipeline, offering customers adaptive options from baby all the way to juniors and young men available now on Kohls.com.”


The clothing line will include items with abdominal access as well as sensory-friendly and wheelchair-friendly items. The designs are thoughtfully put together being stylish and high-quality items that just about anyone can afford.

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All items are under $40 and some of their features include flat seams, wider neck and hems, longer length tops, abdominal access (like previously mentioned), two-way zippers on clothing items, reinforced belt loops, diaper-friendly tops, and hook and loop closure on pants.




One of the lead designers tasked with creating the sought after line, Judy Koepsel, is the mother of a three-year-old daughter with distinct developmental and sensory needs. Because Koepsel has experienced donning and doffing her child, she was the perfect person to help create this line of garments.


While designing, Koepsel considered things like how the pants fit while the child is sitting down, if the pockets were usable, and if tops were long enough to cover the child’s back while they were sitting down. The designers were extremely thoughtful and careful while designing making sure the items would be as functional as they are stylish.


“Just because we are creating clothing for unique needs doesn't mean that it needs to be basic. We have made every effort to ensure that the product looks as close to our core line as possible. Everything from graphic artwork to pocket detail is reflective of the brand.”

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