• just julia: sesame street addresses autism

    Sesame Street has always been ahead of its time. Since its inception, this beloved children’s television series has represented the diversity of our culture and the very rich tapestry that makes up its own urban neighborhood. Now, with the introduction of its new online program, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, families can now better understand autism, which reportedly affects one in 68 American children. At the heart of this digital content is Julia, a preschool character who is also autistic. Despite her differences, she is still a little girl who loves to play and have fun with her friends, a reminder that the universal traits of childhood are still timely. Her experience is played out through a host of online extras, including an iPad app called Sesame and Autism (available on iTunes); a dedicated website specially designed with larger buttons, audio-off options and other customized content; videos and songs; storybooks; tips for parents and suggested activities for siblings. It’s just another reason why, once again, Sesame Street knows how to engage each and every child, no matter how they play, learn and live. Visit SesameStreet.org/Autism for more information.

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