Parents of Autistic Children are Soldiers!

By LaToya Lewis
on January 08, 2018

 Parents of Autistic Children are Soldiers!

Have you ever thought why your memory is so bad, why you are so tense even when you're kid free and in a relaxed environment or where the heck that depressive episode came from, out of the blue?! According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison, parents of children with Autism (particularly caring for teens and adults), have a higher stress level than parents of non disabled children, in fact we experience similar level of stress as soldiers in combat!

In 2009, the University of Wisconsin Madison conducted a research that showed mothers of adolescents and adults with autism experience chronic stress comparable to combat soldiers and struggle with frequent fatigue and work interruptions. Researchers followed a group of moms who care for older autistic children for eight days in a row. The mothers were interviewed at the end of each day about their experiences and on the fourth day, researchers measured the moms’ hormone levels to assess their stress.They found that a hormone associated with stress, cortisol was extremely low, consistent with people experiencing chronic stress such as soldiers in combat."This is the physiological residue of daily stress,” says, Marsha Mailick Seltzer, a researcher at the University." The mothers of children with high levels of behavior problems have the most pronounced physiological profile of chronic stress, but the long-term effect on their physical health is not yet known.”

Well, from my experience with Malik, these findings came as no surprise to me! After seventeen years of daily meltdowns, tantrums, aggressive behaviors, self harming and impulsive behaviors, I realized how much it has affected me (which is why I created a clothing brand geared toward affecting behaviors!).

Rightfully so, over the years, I started to experience my own challenges, such as poor memory due to caring for a child who is severely developmentally disabled, in addition to having some medical issues since birth....this all was due to the acute stress; pressure filled workload; constantly worrying what's going to happen next; having to scan over a room like I'm in the secret service- I could process in seconds what could trigger Malik, who or what he would mess with and having to time us on how long we were at each destination (can't be anywhere no more than 30 minutes before he got bored or silly and following this comes a full on "show!") ........

 One thing that the research did conclude was the mothers they studied still remained positive and very supportive within their community, and I agree with having a positive mental attitude and self care are crucial to remaining sane- I highly stress the importance of creating a support team and carving out time for yourself on a regular basis, NO MATTER WHAT!!!

Things you can do:

  • watch a movie - comedy or love film, not a thriller!
  • go to the spa- even if you cant afford it, make it a priority
  • date night- have a monthly date with a close friend or with your partner- try not to discuss your stressors
  • read a book- not about Autism, but more about personal development
  • exercise- go for a walk or do cardio at home or in the gym- release hormones
  • meditation- take time out 5-10 minutes a day of quiet time to clear your mind and think of positive  or spiritual affirmations
  • reach out to family for support - speak up and ask for a babysitter to give you a break! (ask those who you trust, of course)

I would love to hear from you, can you relate?! Drop a comment sharing your personal experiences or thoughts!



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Adaptive, Inescapable Rompers

By LaToya Lewis
on August 30, 2017

Yaaaaayyy... no more feeling like "spiders crawling up her back" -says, Marcella when it came to her clothes (or that it's itchy and bothers her)........

You know the saying,"when your sick and tired, your sick and tired" of the same thing over and over?! This was me with my four year old daughter, Marcella taking off her clothes constantly at home and even worse, in the car! This dreadful experience was not so fun during the winter season as I had to climb in the back seat to dress her from head to toe again and again. It's bad enough driving in the winter, but to have the additional piercing screams because the clothes feel like it hurts or because it's super itchy makes the errands even worse! So, enough was enough. I had to create something that was both comfortable, yet challenging to get off. After some weeks of brainstorming, I decided to go with Rompers not only because they are trending, but also because they're easily accessible! At this point, I've decided to add the back zipper and flap so that Marcella couldn't remove the outfit. I had a few samples made for her before finalizing the Romper and she loved complaints, itchiness, or meltdowns!!!

Now, I know some of you may be thinking, what about potty time?! Well, just like any other clothing with snaps, buttons or zippers on the back side we just simply unzip her and she goes to the bathroom just fine! Independence in this area is not a goal or concern due to Marcella being able to communicate when she has to potty, so it's really a seamless "task" for me to help her. With experiencing the ease and less stress with this new product, I had to question myself regarding Malik (my 17 year old son who has Down Syndrome & Autism).....W•H•Y didn't I think of this design sooner when he was younger?! I had to deal with so many poop smearing (even in his mouth!).

Facts: This behavior derived from sensory input needs.Kids (and adults) with sensory challenges senses doesn't function properly like most people's do. Instead of the sensations running smoothly, they experience sensory overload or rather, a sensory traffic jam in their brain blocking the sensory signals they need. As a result, they seek out other sensations, like jumping or swinging or the complete opposite, they avoid the sensations that overflow the brain.

(In Malik's case, handling all of the senses as a toddler he was completely unaware of what he was holding or doing!)

Ok- back to the Rompers.......
Once I realized the value of these goodies by utilizing them in my own every day life and looking back on the past with Malik, I thought about many other families who could possibly benefit from them, so after sharing it on social media and receiving a strong feedback from mothers, teachers and therapists, I had to produce more! It brings me great joy to help lessen the stress load and anxiety of my fellow special needs parents, all while keeping their kids comfortable and safe!

The Inescapable Zipper-Back Rompers are made to eliminate certain behaviors, but they are are also designed with experience, style, and comfort that every family can appreciate!

Overtime, I plan on designing even more fun and trendy styles, so go BUY and happy shopping!!! :) 



Buyers Guide: Sensory Clothes

By LaToya Lewis
on November 16, 2016

  • Weighted Polo - in need of some pressure input through weights?!...the polo shirt is  great for softness, style, and has a concealed option of keeping the weight free from touch and unseen which is perfect for school, events, shopping and school and family photos! Put your child on this sensory friendly shirt for comfort and style and just keep the neck weight near by for some 'deep' pressure input. (I recommend sending the shirt to school or have your child wear it to school and have the neck weight in the backpack for staff to use when necessary and utilize the weight throughout the day)! 

  • Dresses - girls really like pretty, fashionable and fun things! Our dresses give just that with the benefits of compression fabric that's built right into the bodice section, providing a snug and gentle huggable fit. Girls can spin and twirl in this dress without the pain of tags and seams!! This dress is great for all occasions and for the fall/winter season just add a long sleeve shirt and leggings underneath....don't forget the belt for additional pressure input!

  • Fitted Shirt & Skirted Leggings - snugs, snugs, snugs! These two items hug the muscles and joints in comfort and style. No tags or seams irritating the skin. Kids can keep their sense of fashion while receiving a fitted hug and in addition weights can be added into the pockets on the skirted leggings which is unseen, so children can still look cool in their fashionable, functional clothes. Both items are great for play time, school, shopping, events, car rides and short walks! Great for the fall/winter season.


Sensory Clothes: Fashion Illustrations

By LaToya Lewis
on June 18, 2016

Sensory Clothes: Fashion Illustrations

When it came time to deciding what type of fabric colors and prints to shape the brand, I honestly had no clue!

floral, stripes, patterns?! Oh my!!

This was so overwhelming, but I began to think about the kiddos I design for and their personality and it it dawned on me that I wanted to transition the negatives or not so good aspects of their diagnosis into a positive and incorporate it into the brands signature style image. For example, most ASD children experience repetitive behaviors, so I thought it would unique to show this in the clothing with prints, such as abstract and geometric patterns. More so, I wanted to include colors and prints that represent their personalities- flamboyant and bold, yet calm and mysterious.

Parents like myself can take their kiddo(s) anywhere in my sensory clothes i.e. doctors appointment, school or simply to the park and be happy and confident in knowing their child is benefiting from both function and fashion that's truly crafted for their child!

Uniquely Regal brand goal is to support our kiddos the way they are, exemplify their lifestyle through style; all while keeping up with current fashion trends! Weighted & Compression clothing has never been this fun! Ahhhhh :) 



Sensory Products: Are they any good?!

By LaToya Lewis
on June 04, 2016

Sensory Products: Are they any good?!

What's the need for a weighted blanket? Or even a compression vest? What is the purpose, what does it do?! People have been asking these questions and hopefully, I can provide some of you with a better understanding to how sensory products work! 

These functional items can consist of weights, like (bean bags) and tight fitting fabrics to provide deep pressure which calms and centers one's body by providing both tactile and proprioceptive (stimuli) feedback or input to the body; which effects and communicate to the central nervous system.

Sensory input increases endorphin levels, decrease heart rate and blood pressure and can cause the release of both serotonin and dopamine in the brain (( happy )) neurotransmitters and produce a feeling of calmness  :)

Products such as weighted blankets, therapy swings, sit and spins are great sources to utilize for sensory stimulation or input to calm or actually even awaken one's body and mind.

The weighted polo is a relevant creation to our non- stigmatizing apparel and to simply provide kiddos with functional wearables that are in-style!

Autism: White T's & Blue Jeans

By LaToya Lewis
on March 30, 2016

The purpose of this ad campaign targeted for the Autistic population, whether it be the individuals themselves or their parents, caregivers, relatives, or even the professionals who work with them is to represent the reality of their lives when it comes to clothes! Kreative Clothing Designs, LLC is a company built to design...creative clothing! As a company that personally knows what it is like for Autism families, we excitingly bring you a clothing brand that highlights the unique qualities that are often viewed as negative of children on the spectrum. We wanted to take these challenges and provide both function and fashion, all in one!

Let's be honest...........

We all have seen or personally experienced it -  the boring t-shirts and sweat pants or the cartoon character themed clothes! It's understandable that yes, the clothes are comfortable, easy to handle and easy for independent dressing or that the Disney cartoon characters is most liked, so it encourages the desire to get dress with minimal struggles and  meltdowns, or SIMPLY that kids just love their favorite action hero or cartoon character (there is absolutely nothing wrong with that), but I'm here to say, there is another alternative...finally! Our goal is to represent those on the Autism spectrum in the field of the fashion industry. This brand is an option that provides comfort, style, and function to help support sensory needs! The photo you see isn't just a group of kids who have Autism, but an image celebrating who they are in the field of the fashion industry - present, vibrant, lively, animated, and exuberant!

 So, to answer the internal hidden and unspoken stigma question: What's with the boring and kids character theme clothes??!

Well, everyone has the right to wear what they like and feel most like themselves, but we can't wait to offer kids with unique needs something new, trendy and current and take them out of the only presented available clothing items for them...the plain, boring and medical looking clothes and dress them in Uniquely Regal, a clothing resource that improves behaviors, attention, balance and let's not leave out... self confidence :)

We hope you all enjoy and appreciate what we design for you and your child, always in mind!

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