The Sensory Smart Online Store is run by Mel Thomsett from her home on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire.
Mel is mum to Archie who was diagnosed with Autism at two years and nine months old. After reading ‘The Out-of-Sync Child’ by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A. and visiting an Occupational Therapist, Mel began to realise just how much of the mysterious behaviour Archie was demonstrating was down to sensory processing difficulties.
It put her on a path where she was able to finally help him with many of the under-regulation and over-regulation problems he was having, and, most importantly, she found she was able to begin to understand and anticipate his sensory needs. Having said all that, it remains an ever-evolving journey and the goalposts move frequently!
Archie insists on having all the labels cut out of his clothing, and soft seams and can only tolerate certain fabrics. Socks used to drive him wild, to the point where he lived barefoot for a few years. Hence the inspiration for starting this online store, to bring sensory smart solutions to anyone trying to navigate family life with a sensory processing disorder in the mix!!