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Valley connection to Sesame Street Autism muppet

01 April 2017, 01:32 | Violet Powell

Sesame Street has introduced its first Muppet with autism and her name is Julia.

"I think that they have just done a wonderful job of making sure that Julia's behaviors, her words, the way she interacts with others are explained on the show in a very distinct, simple way that makes sense to preschoolers, and then they move on with the story". Aside from her introduction, a dedicated website also provides materials on how people can better deal with those who have autism.

And while the show may make it look like Julia's character effortlessly came together, it took years of consulting with organizations and experts in the autism community to develop her character, and the campaign, Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of U.S. Social Impact, told AP.

The character already exists in print and digital storybooks as part of an initiative called "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in all Children".

"It's tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism", "Sesame" writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl.

Julia's addition to the neighborhood proves that early 50 years after it first premiered on public broadcasting television, Sesame Street continues to be one of the most important, and awesome, kids shows out there. For example, when the rest of the muppets introduce themselves, Julia doesn't respond.

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Gordon has a son with autism, and was once a therapist to youngsters on the spectrum.

"There's a saying that if you've met one kid with Autism, you've met one kid with Autism", said Gordon.

Big Bird met his new neighbor on 60 Minutes last night: Julia, a yellow puppet with orange hair who didn't greet him back.

Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of Sesame Street. "They might not have been anxious when he cried".

But maybe Julia said it best when Stahl asked if she was enjoying her new friends.

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