Sensory Processing Disorder affects many aspects of Adam’s day to day life. It is our job as parents to limit that impact either through exposing Adam to new situations or to adapt situations. Adam starts school in September and we have been busy thinking ahead to what new triggers could affect Adam. One such trigger is clothes labels. Labels are akin to the devil in our house. Adam can not stand any type of label within his clothing. They have to be immediately cut out or it results in a sensory meltdown. How do you name your child’s clothes if they have Sensory Processing Disorder?
As a teacher, I know the importance of labeling your child’s clothes for school. With thirty children getting changed for PE it is easy to see how items of clothing go missing. Matching identical items of clothing to their rightful owners without a name label is impossible. I was left with a dilemma. How do you name your childs clothes if they don’t have a label in. Traditional woven name tapes were certainly out of the question. Even with my inability to sew Adam would not be able to tolerate the sensation. The same goes for named stickers and iron on tags. I have tried a permanent marker pen in the past but the ink bleeds into the fabric.
Whilst searching the internet for a solution I came across Stamptastic. This is a personalised stamp that can name your belongings on almost any surface. It sounded too good to be true so we contacted Stamptastic to put it to the test.
Ordering from Stamptastic was straightforward. With their Standard Name Stamp you can personalise your stamp and adjust the font and lettering size. The lettering can go across two lines. You can even choose to add a symbol. During the process you are able to see a preview of your stamp and make any changes. You do not have to be restricted to your child’s name – you could use the class name, telephone number, post code etc. We opted for Adam E with a car symbol and Adventures of Adam.
Along with the Name Stamp you will need to order a Stamptastic Ink Pad. The special ink will work on fabric, metal, paper, wood, leather and some plastics. The Name Stamp will not work without the ink pad. Delivery is free within the UK and our Stamptastic parcel came within a couple of days.
The Name Stamp is fixed to an acrylic transparent block. You can see through the block in ensure that the name is the correct way. The actual stamp is 36mm x 15mm.
I took Adam’s pile of newly bought school uniform to see how long it would take me to name them. It took 2 minutes to label five t-shirts, two P.E tops, four pairs of shorts, a hat and a lunchbox. The Stamptastic set is incredibly easy to use and I was pleased with the results. Most people would add the stamp to the clothing label. However, I opted to place it on the collar of the t-shirts and on the pocket fabric on the shorts.
As Stamptastic is suitable for most surfaces I decided to test it out on a ruler, notebook and hole punch. Each item was easy to stamp and the ink did not come off.
We would highly recommend Stamptastic. It was easy to use, very quick to name your child’s clothes and will last. We have overcome yet another Sensory Processing Disorder obstacle.
Disclaimer: We contacted Stamptastic to review their personalised Name Stamps and Stamptastic Ink Pad. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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