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May 18, 2017 2017-05-18

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Sesame Street Muppet with Autism

Sesame Street is providing a different kind of lesson with the introduction of its newest Muppet, Julia, who has autism. Julia was first introduced in 2015 as part of an online-only digital storybook called Sesame Street and Autism: See the amazing in all children, in which she has a playdate with Elmo and Abby Cadabby. Now the fully realized Muppet version of Julia has arrived in the neighborhood. When she first appeared on the show, Julia was introduced by Elmo and Abby to Big Bird. She was hesitant to shake the friendly yellow giant’s hand, but Elmo explains to Big Bird that since Julia has autism, “sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things.” From there, the four friends learn how to play together in a way that everyone has fun. The creative team behind Sesame Street’s newest addition was sensitive to the complex nature of the condition. The team consulted with autism organizations, educators, and families on how to portray a child with autism and explain the condition to young children. The puppeteer who plays Julia has a son with autism.

Plus: Meet the mother who brings Julia to life and go behind the scenes to see how Julia was developed in these 60 Minutes Overtime videos. You’ll also find a video for explaining autism to children.

Autism Reading/English/Language Arts

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