'Sesame Street' introduces Muppet with autism


Over the past year, Julia made appearances in Sesame Street promotional material, print media and workshops, especially Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children - an information campaign and initiative that aims to normalize autism among children across America.

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily in recent years to a rate of one in every 68 U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We're modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: "finding things that all children share".

'It's tricky because Autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person has autism.

Do you or a loved one have a child with autism? The Sesame Street team hopes Julia will help children become more comfortable and familiar with the condition.

Julia's designers were eager to use the new Muppet to express issues kids with autism often deal with, without turning her into some kind of standard model for everyone with the disorder. Gordon, whose son has autism, said of the decision to bring Julia to the small screen: "It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society". Julia is definitely going to be a major star on the show, and as children fall in love with her, they will start to care for each other better. When the two are introduced by pals Abby and Elmo, Julia is hesitant to shake Big Bird's hand. "Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion. and like her", Gordon told "60 Minutes".

The latest resident of the colourful titular street is Julia, a Muppet created to expose kids to people with autistic traits. That they are in fact a normal part of life.

Julia has excellent drawing skills and she loves to sing, and sometimes Big Bird has to say things a few times to get her attention. Instead of making fun of her, the other Sesame Street characters will join in.

4-year-old Julia is played by puppeteer Stacy Gordon, who says she has a son on the autism spectrum and has done therapeutic work with people with autism in the past.

Her name is Julia - a lovable, red-haired muppet who, just like 1 in 68 American children, happens to be on the autism spectrum. Elmo sees that Julia is focused on her own activity and says: "We can play side by side, like we do sometimes".

Beloved children's TV show Sesame Street has always led the way in teaching children to be good, kind human beings.



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