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This Autistic Girl Could Only Wear One Specific Dress For Years, So Her Mom’s Friend Asked Twitter For Help
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This Autistic Girl Could Only Wear One Specific Dress For Years, So Her Mom’s Friend Asked Twitter For Help

Recently, one woman has been overwhelmed by the benevolence and kindness of strangers after hundreds responded to her request to find one specific dress. Deborah Price posted the request on Twitter and explained that her friend “has a daughter with autism who can only wear that dress.” She also asked people not to be judgy because “sometimes people can’t cope with certain stuff [and] it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.” We couldn’t agree more.

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This lovely little girl has her favorite dress which she insists on wearing practically all the time

Image credits: The World According To Elsie

The girl’s name is Elsie and apparently, she’s super attached to the dress. Deborah, a friend of Elsie’s mom, took her quest for the dress to Twitter in the hopes of possibly buying it off someone. What she probably didn’t expect was the overwhelming amount of responses from numerous kind people who offered their help in any way they could.

A friend of Elsie’s mom took to Twitter in the hope of finding the dress

Image credits: deborahprice1

“Friend’s autistic daughter only wears this dress. Don’t judge. Sometimes people can’t cope with certain stuff & it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things does it? Question is has anyone got this [Next] dress from 3 [years] ago in age 11 plus & if so can we buy them off you?” Deborah wrote in the post. Minutes after posting the request, people started retweeting and sharing the links of the dress on eBay, while some even offered to make the dress themselves. Fashion retailer Next also responded to the request by saying that they no longer carry the item but they’ll be contacting the supplier to find out whether it can produce a few more batches of the dress.

Unexpectedly, the brand that used to carry it responded to the request

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Image credits: nextofficial

After just one day, Deborah shared the entire heartwarming story

Image credits: deborahprice1

Image credits: deborahprice1

Image credits: deborahprice1

Image credits: deborahprice1

Image credits: deborahprice1

Image credits: deborahprice1

The next day, Deborah tweeted an update on the story. She thanked the retailer Next for reaching out to their supplier to see if they could make additional batches of the dress. She also thanked people that were sending the dresses they had, even though they weren’t exactly the size she needed. Nevertheless, it was a touching gesture.

“You’ve made a little girl really happy to continue to be in her favorite dress”

Image credits: The World According To Elsie

Elsie’s mom took to Facebook to thank all the kind strangers that helped put a smile on her daughter’s face. “Elsie would like to say a massive, massive thank you for all of the help in sourcing more of her beloved ‘Broken Heart Dresses’,” she wrote in a post.

Deborah was touched by the overwhelming amount of responses

Image credits: deborahprice1

People were emotional over the heartwarming thread

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

It is so hard dealing with a child that has sensory issues. My son refuses to wear jocks and absolutely hates pants. He will wear shorts all year round. My son also hates baths and showers to the point he screams like he is being tortured and he has a limited diet due to his sensory issues around food. Meltdowns as a result of sensory overload can be extreme. So glad people were so willing to help instead of judging. I love reading stories that put faith back into humanity.

Harleen
Community Member
2 years ago

I know I would've been diagnosed with autism if I were a child in school today. It just wasn't something they considered when I was little. I just "had issues" and other things adults used to say. ANYway...... YES, I totally get that. I rarely wore shoes, sandals at best. No dresses and moms were still trying to stuff their girls into them haha I didn't mind water, but I *hated* bathtubs. I don't know why. I still don't like using anyone's shower but my own. My mom would put soap in a plastic pool or make a game out of playing in spay water. Then she'd turn the sprinklers on to rinse it off LOL She would also wash my hair at the sink, which I didn't have a problem with. Would he let you try any of those? I hope you find something that will help <3 You sound like a good mommy!

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Angie Jolie
Community Member
2 years ago

actually, applause to Next, that's a quick response! People are kind, just need to stay away from all the hate and we all can be really kind.

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Faith in humanity: restored.

Robyn Gardam
Community Member
2 years ago

Same :)

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SadieSummers
Community Member
2 years ago

i don't think humanity is terrible, and this reinforces my belief. through all of the hate, anger and terrible stories, there are stories like these that shows us the true good nature of humans.

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

This needs to be the ordinary, not the extraordinary. Still, so, so glad to see people joining together to help one another. I'm reminded of the mom who reached out for a specific cup for her son.

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this IS ordinary. People in general are down to help out people in need when it's an individual story. People mostly turn into dickheads when you clump individuals into groups. Identity politics and groupthink are the problem. People who are totally at odds can usually get along to a large degree if it's just the two of them.

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Frances M
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing for all involved, from the people willing to send it on to Next themselves trying to recreate the exact dress just for this beautiful young girl. Perfect story to end the day on.

Flisey
Community Member
2 years ago

I have an autistic daughter who will only wear a certain type of jeans. We were given the pair by a friend of a friend who bought them off alibaba... she thinks. I have not found them on that website. I have searched every shop, found some that are close but not good enough and have had family buy what they think are the right ones but aren't. Extremely tight skinny jeans, no fly and high waisted in the right jean material, black not off black, long enough to cover her ankles do not exist. On the plus side, I have found a supply of black not off black, extra long-sleeved, round neckline in the right material ^_^

jenjie.newt
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope that more moms and dads who need help with this can reach out comfortably on Twitter and everywhere online. A community filled with love is so much better than hateful rhetoric. I have incredible admiration for those who are so kind and resilient when raising a child who needs a little extra. Bravo, all!

Plummy
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg I can relate to this. My daughter had a sensory disorder & her clothing needed to be VERY specific. She too had a dress she would wear 4/7 days a week. With trial & a lot of error, I finally figured out what worked for her. She's 13 now, and although it isn't such a big discomfort as it once was, that sensory still lingers just a bit. All the best to everyone- hope y'all find what can work for your person.

Genevieve Lavoie
Community Member
2 years ago

I would totally buy that dress for myself! Next should starting sell those again, for girls and women, and give a part of the profits to that little girl's family!

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm gutted, I had this dress in an age 15 (yes I wear children's clothes and 99% are from next) but donated it a few months back. I phoned the charity shop it went to and they don't have it any more :) I'm so glad others have been able to send their dresses to this lovely little girl.

Zelda Blue
Community Member
2 years ago

This story does renew my faith that there are still decent human beings and companies in the world. For total strangers to want to help is amazing. There is so much negativity in the world today, having an uplifting story like this lets people know that there is still hope. Thank you for sharing this.

RAPE
Community Member
2 years ago

Why does she do it? Is she some kind of a retard?

Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

No she is not a “retard”, the young girl has Autism and Autism can often coincide with sensory processing disorder.

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

It is so hard dealing with a child that has sensory issues. My son refuses to wear jocks and absolutely hates pants. He will wear shorts all year round. My son also hates baths and showers to the point he screams like he is being tortured and he has a limited diet due to his sensory issues around food. Meltdowns as a result of sensory overload can be extreme. So glad people were so willing to help instead of judging. I love reading stories that put faith back into humanity.

Harleen
Community Member
2 years ago

I know I would've been diagnosed with autism if I were a child in school today. It just wasn't something they considered when I was little. I just "had issues" and other things adults used to say. ANYway...... YES, I totally get that. I rarely wore shoes, sandals at best. No dresses and moms were still trying to stuff their girls into them haha I didn't mind water, but I *hated* bathtubs. I don't know why. I still don't like using anyone's shower but my own. My mom would put soap in a plastic pool or make a game out of playing in spay water. Then she'd turn the sprinklers on to rinse it off LOL She would also wash my hair at the sink, which I didn't have a problem with. Would he let you try any of those? I hope you find something that will help <3 You sound like a good mommy!

Load More Replies...
Angie Jolie
Community Member
2 years ago

actually, applause to Next, that's a quick response! People are kind, just need to stay away from all the hate and we all can be really kind.

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Faith in humanity: restored.

Robyn Gardam
Community Member
2 years ago

Same :)

Load More Replies...
SadieSummers
Community Member
2 years ago

i don't think humanity is terrible, and this reinforces my belief. through all of the hate, anger and terrible stories, there are stories like these that shows us the true good nature of humans.

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

This needs to be the ordinary, not the extraordinary. Still, so, so glad to see people joining together to help one another. I'm reminded of the mom who reached out for a specific cup for her son.

Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this IS ordinary. People in general are down to help out people in need when it's an individual story. People mostly turn into dickheads when you clump individuals into groups. Identity politics and groupthink are the problem. People who are totally at odds can usually get along to a large degree if it's just the two of them.

Load More Replies...
Frances M
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing for all involved, from the people willing to send it on to Next themselves trying to recreate the exact dress just for this beautiful young girl. Perfect story to end the day on.

Flisey
Community Member
2 years ago

I have an autistic daughter who will only wear a certain type of jeans. We were given the pair by a friend of a friend who bought them off alibaba... she thinks. I have not found them on that website. I have searched every shop, found some that are close but not good enough and have had family buy what they think are the right ones but aren't. Extremely tight skinny jeans, no fly and high waisted in the right jean material, black not off black, long enough to cover her ankles do not exist. On the plus side, I have found a supply of black not off black, extra long-sleeved, round neckline in the right material ^_^

jenjie.newt
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope that more moms and dads who need help with this can reach out comfortably on Twitter and everywhere online. A community filled with love is so much better than hateful rhetoric. I have incredible admiration for those who are so kind and resilient when raising a child who needs a little extra. Bravo, all!

Plummy
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg I can relate to this. My daughter had a sensory disorder & her clothing needed to be VERY specific. She too had a dress she would wear 4/7 days a week. With trial & a lot of error, I finally figured out what worked for her. She's 13 now, and although it isn't such a big discomfort as it once was, that sensory still lingers just a bit. All the best to everyone- hope y'all find what can work for your person.

Genevieve Lavoie
Community Member
2 years ago

I would totally buy that dress for myself! Next should starting sell those again, for girls and women, and give a part of the profits to that little girl's family!

Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm gutted, I had this dress in an age 15 (yes I wear children's clothes and 99% are from next) but donated it a few months back. I phoned the charity shop it went to and they don't have it any more :) I'm so glad others have been able to send their dresses to this lovely little girl.

Zelda Blue
Community Member
2 years ago

This story does renew my faith that there are still decent human beings and companies in the world. For total strangers to want to help is amazing. There is so much negativity in the world today, having an uplifting story like this lets people know that there is still hope. Thank you for sharing this.

RAPE
Community Member
2 years ago

Why does she do it? Is she some kind of a retard?

Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

No she is not a “retard”, the young girl has Autism and Autism can often coincide with sensory processing disorder.

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