Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

A Muppet with Autism Is Coming to Sesame Street

A Muppet with Autism Is Coming to Sesame Street

The groundbreaking children's programme is introducing a new character - a muppet named Julia who has autism, revealed the show's creators on the CBS News show 60 Minutes on Sunday.

The opening of the episode, which shows Elmo and Abby Cadabby introducing Julia to Big Bird, shows the new girl reluctant to shake hands with the bird.

Allen says some children with autism can find it hard to make friends, and need other children to learn to better understand how they function. We're modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: "finding things that all children share", she said. "How do we talk about autism?,'" one of the show's writers, Christine Ferraro, told "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl.

"It's tricky, because autism is not one thing". The child at the beach who stays under a towel because the scenery is too much for them to take in.

"Commenting on the introduction of the new character, Mandy Williams, CEO of Child Autism UK, told The Huffington Post UK: "'Sesame Street' is an iconic mainstream programme, so this has to be a very positive move. "She's acting this way because she's on the autism spectrum".

Although it's not clear whether Julia will become a major character, 'I would love her to be, ' Ferarro said. "I'm just hoping to bring her the heart".

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"Sesame Street" is seen in either the United States on PBS and HBO, or local TV versions in more than 150 nations and has won multiple awards for its educational content and its message of inclusion. That they are in fact a normal part of life.

"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird", the Elmo character added".

Sesame Street worked with 250 autism organizations and experts, including Autism Speaks, as well as its own regular child psychologists to develop Julia. She also has autism. He's sad and anxious that Julia doesn't like him, but Elmo explains that Julia has autism so she "does things a little differently".

She said creating the character was challenging because autism is different in every person who has it.

The puppeteer who plays Julia, Stacey Gordon, has a son with autism. "They would have known that he plays in a different way and that that's okay". Julia, a Muppet with autism, is a shy 4-year-old with red hair and curious green eyes.

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