Sesame Street adds Muppet Julia, First Character With Autism
After over 50 years of programming, Sesame Street is now breaking new ground by introducing a character with autism, a Muppet named Julia. Sesame Street’s producers worked with child psychologists and autism organizations to figure out the best way to portray autism. Their goal: Help all children understand why someone with the condition acts the way they do -- which may be different than expected. When Julia is introduced to Big Bird, for example, she doesn’t respond. Autism doesn’t always look the same for everyone,so it’s important to realize kids with autism may do things differently.
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