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4-year-old Muppet with Autism to Debut on Children’s TV Show “Sesame Street”

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Next month, children’s TV show Sesame Street will introduce a new character with autism named Julia, BBC reports.

Julia, 4, who is already featured in digital and printed storybooks, will be making her TV debut with puppeteer, Stacey Gordon.

Stacey, who has an autistic son, said the creation of an autistic muppet is “huge”.

“Had my son’s friends been exposed to his behaviours through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened. They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that’s OK,” Stacey told CBS News show 60 Minutes.

In Julia’s first episode, she ignored Big Bird after he was introduced to her. “Maybe she didn’t like me,” Big Bird said looking confused.

However, the other muppets tell him: “She does things just a little differently.”

The muppets and children but received Julia with open arms. They created a new game where they all jumped around together after seeing Julia jumping with excitement when she saw them playing tag.

Photo Credit: Sesame Workshop via ABC News

4 Comments

  1. Bruness

    March 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Oyibo too much! always looking for ways to encourage an all inclusive society. I grew up watching sesames street and it aided my word pronunciations and I always learned new words. This is a welcome improvement.

    • Engoz

      March 21, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      They are too much, biko!

  2. Frank teacher

    March 21, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Errrr,
    Don’t shoot me yet oh,
    My concern is that children are impressionable,
    I just hope the other children don’t begin to copy Julia’s mannerisms , because she’s their favorite…

  3. tunmi

    March 22, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Autistic kids exist. Through no fault of their own, these kids exist and your kids probably interact with them already. Have they copied the mannerisms yet?

    Representation matters.

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