'Sesame Street' introduces Julia, a Muppet with autism, to regular cast

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'Sesame Street' introduces Julia, a Muppet with autism, to regular cast

Julia was first created in 2015, as a part of a digital storybook series called "See the awesome in all Children".

In her first episode, Big Bird holds out his wing to shake hands with Julia, who is being introduced in the upcoming season.

Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the founders of the Children's Television Workshop which developed "Sesame Street", said it has also not been afraid to deal with real life issues including the death of a beloved character, Mr. Hooper in 1983.

As for other characters, the show conducted extensive research, including consultations with educators and child psychologists, and in this case autism organizations, to understand how best to normalize autism for non-autistic children. Come April, kiddie viewers will be seeing more of Julia when she makes her transition to the live-action fold of the long-running children's show, as revealed in a segment Sunday on "60 Minutes".

"There is an expression that goes, 'If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.'" Ferraro said. Children with autism will also have a Muppet they can identify with.

Instead of rejecting Julia, the children create a new game in which they all jump around together.

"Sesame Street" first aired in 1969 as an experimental TV show that's an educational tool to children. "Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion and like her ..." It's a very personal job for Gordon, whose son has autism.

"That's just Julia being Julia", Abby Cadabby explains. When Big Bird is introduced to her, she ignores him.

The creative team behind the Sesame Street's newest edition were sensitive to the complex nature of the condition.

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"All children with autism are different, but they do have characteristics which are common". "Man, I really wish that kids in my son's class had grown up with a Sesame Street that had modeling [of] the behavior of inclusion of characters with autism".

Her name is Julia.

Julia, a four-year-old, red haired, bright-eyed muppet is "smiley, curious and loves to play" and will feature on the show next month, according to its website. Though she may not see things the same way others do, Julia is still someone who deserves to be loved by the best friends she could find.

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