Hello and welcome to Comfort on the Spectrum! I am so happy that you have found us here and I hope that our products can provide a beautiful Sensory Experience to you or your loved one.
If you have found this page then, like me, you are curious about who is behind the brand and how it came to life.
Let me fill you in..
My name is Kelly. I am married with four children & three fur babies.. We live in Melbourne, Australia.
I am passionate about family, friends and living life with acceptance and adventure.
Inclusivity is very important to me which is why I also work one day a week in disability support, helping people in the community to live an equal and inclusive lifestyle.
When our third son was 6 weeks old, we noticed there was a problem with his vision. After several trips to the children’s hospital, many tests, lots of stress, worry, anxiety & tears, we found out that our third baby, Max had no vision or light perception in either eye. He was born with a very rare & complex genetic condition called Norrie Disease. This means that he was born blind and we later discovered that he also has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Max is 13 now and boy have we learnt a lot from this journey we have been on!
Most importantly, that he is so much more than his disability. He is kind, funny, passionate, stubborn, a wiz at braille & maths and a brilliant musician! He is a loving brother, friend, son, grandson, nephew & cousin and is adored by many people who are lucky to be part of his life.
Not everything easy though & life is far from perfect. There have been many ups & downs along the way. Max’s sensitivities and anxieties are challenging and we seek ongoing therapies to manage them. Over the years they have changed. Some have improved, some have worsened and some new ones pop up without any warning at all.
Clothing (particularly pyjamas) is a big one!
When Max was little I found it relatively easy to find clothing that he would tolerate. I learnt to avoid things like zips, buttons, scratchy or uncomfortable materials and I would cut off tags and always wash the garment before use. More thought had to go into the purchases, but it was doable.
Once he reached a size 10, it started to get harder. When he reached size 12 it became extremely difficult. I searched high & low to find something that he would tolerate wearing around the house and to bed. I wasted money on items that he would rip apart, cry a bucket of tears over or simply take off because the feeling was too intolerable. He was wearing one pair of pyjamas that were too small repeatedly and would get so upset when I had to take them away to wash them for fear that he wouldn’t ever get them back (insert distraught face here!)
It was at this time that an idea sparked in my heart & started me thinking about how I could help Max, other tweens / teens & adults overcome this problem. So I began to call therapists & friends with children around the same age. I wasn’t alone… "Uncomfortable", 'Too many plastic & childish graphics", "cheap & hot material", "too expensive", was the feedback I got.
I knew on an intuitive level that this needed to change. I started studying design & manufacturing, what "sensory friendly" really means, how to achieve it well, and what affects clothes have on people - especially those with ASD, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder & Sensitive Skin.
After 12 months of learning & devouring information, I gathered the courage to start my own small business. The time was right.
And so…. Comfort on the Spectrum was born!! A basic & fun loungewear range made from beautiful, soft, good quality fabrics at an affordable price, without things like added tags, buttons, zips or plastics to suit ALL humans to keep them comfortable and happy.
My dream is that we can fill the gap in the market by providing a beautiful product for families like mine & be there as they grow. If some of the pressure is taken off parents and carers & we can help make the lives of those wearing them easier and happier I couldn’t wish for more.
If you gotten this far, thanks for you interest in our story and thank you for supporting our business. We’d love to hear from you so please don’t hesitate to comment or say Hi!
Love Kelly , Comfort on the Spectrum xx