Flower Girl With Autism Finds Comfort And Courage In Her Yoda Backpack

Children with autism are often frightened of large crowds, so it’s completely understandable that this little girl refused to be the flower girl at her mom’s wedding.  On the day of, she was hiding under her bed and refused to come out – terrified of having to throw flowers before an entire wedding reception.  Her aunt somehow came up with the brilliant idea of buying her a Yoda backpack, which got the little girl to come out from under the bed.  The only problem was – she had no intention of taking that backpack off during the wedding and during her part as the flower girl.  Of course, nobody objected, (children with autism will win arguments if you get into them, guaranteed), and the flower girl found courage in her Yoda backpack.  She was able to proceed and the ceremony went quite smoothly.  The picture below was the result of the incident, and is surely the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a very long time!


autistic flower girl yoda backpack


This is a wonderful story in itself, but you may be wondering why it holds specific interest to me, and why I deviated from my typical iPad or iPhone application review.  Well, as you probably don’t know, I also own Cool Gizmo Toys, a site that focuses on Star Wars, among other parts of geek culture.  Thus, I found this interesting and worthy of a quick post on Autism Plugged In.  Don’t worry, I’ll be getting you guys more app reviews soon!

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