Sesame Street Celebrates Autism Awareness
For April's Autism Awareness Month, Sesame Workshop is introducing something new and important for Julia, the 4-year-old "Sesame Street" Muppet with autism: a family.
Now, "Sesame Street" fans can meet Julia's parents, a 7-year-old, soccer-loving older brother named Samuel, and her companion dog Rose in a series of new videos and materials on the show's website.
Julia will also be the focus of "Sesame Street's" April 8 episode, in which Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Alan help Julia overcome her fear of getting a haircut by playing "hair salon" with her. Though a haircut can be intimidating for any child, the episode highlights some specific coping strategies a child with autism might use in that situation.
By Allison Slater Tate