Meet Julia, a New 'Sesame Street' Muppet with Autism
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 7:56
"We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children".
She's the wide-eyed little Muppet with a big smile who has made it to Sesame Street.
In Julia's first episode, she is introduced to Big Bird but is hesitant to shake his hand.
"We had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird", Elmo told Stahl.
In conversation with CBS News, the show's producers said, "We struggled over how to talk about autism to a young audience, because it's different for every person".
"It's tricky, because autism is not one thing".
She wishes that the show would have brought it years ago, it would have been great for the kids in her son's class to grow up with such a character. She will make her debut on the show's 47th season beginning in April, according to the Associated Press. When Big Bird, another character in the series is introduced to her, she would ignore him, which makes Big Bird confused and he thinks "that maybe she didn't like me".
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that impacts a person's communication, social interaction, interests and behaviour.
Sesame Street has announced the latest and exciting addition to their cast!
"More than 20 years ago, my attractive son received the diagnosis of autism, and my world changed instantly and profoundly", Kimmelman said in a statement. "So, it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is", Ferarro said. The online storybook provides educational tools and shows children how to interact "with friends, like Julia", in a downloadable app.
Sesame Street's writers said that developing Julia's character had to be treated delicately considering all the different ways autism manifests itself.
Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, is also the mother of an autistic son.
Although it's not clear whether Julia will become a major character, 'I would love her to be, ' Ferarro said.