She also has autism. An Afghan Muppet exemplified the importance of educating girls. Now, a character that is fully aimed at introducing young children to the autism spectrum is due to hit screens, when Julia the muppet joins Sesame Street. Julia has appeared in an online initiative since October 2015, and as some viewers may already be aware from these videos, Julia has autism. Julia, Sesame Street and Autism. The "Sesame Street" team worked closely with autism organizations, educators, and families to decide how best to portray a child with autism, including how to explain autism at a pre-school level. They have been homeless and struggled with the stigma of having an incarcerated parent. Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told 60 Minutes that she hopes Julia becomes less of a novelty on the show. 60 Minutes visits "Sesame Street" for the first time and films the debut of their new Muppet character, Julia, who has autism. What did it take to build a character like Julia? The decision to make the character a girl may be a nod to the concern of some experts that autism is under-diagnosed in girls. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes - and autism. One in 68 children in the US has autism, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, up 30% from 2012 estimates. She interviewed Rollie Krewson, a puppet designer often referred to as "Elmo's mom," who has been with Jim Henson's company since the 1970s. Julia showcases some of these tendencies. This spring, "Sesame Street" introduced a Muppet on the spectrum. Say Hello to Sesame Street's First-Ever Autistic Character The company hopes this adorable new muppet will help raise awareness — and create more empathy. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th season of Sesame Street. Her clothes are equally intentional. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. When animating Julia, Gordon draws on her own experience, a factor that Stahl says lends authenticity to the character. Four years ago, Sesame Street introduced Julia, its first new Muppet in 10 years. "Well in this particular case, it takes a lot of sensitivity," Stahl says. On "Sesame Street," creating a new character means making a new Muppet, and in the video embedded in the player above, Stahl visits the Jim Henson Workshop to see how it's done. A worldwide rollout is planned within a year. Sesame Street has finally introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism and the first new character added to the show in four years. Let’s learn a little more about this puppet first. Because their puppets are out of their view, the puppeteers can see which way to manipulate them by watching the scene from a monitor near the floor. Sesame Street’s autistic puppet Julia makes television debut “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism,” Stephen Mark Shore Last night Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes included a segment about Sesame Street ‘s new autistic character Julia, who will be part of the regular television cast beginning in April. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. Why Sesame Street’s new character isn’t representative of most kids with autism ... and by choosing the traits for one character to represent autism, Sesame Street risked facing backlash. SESAME Street has a new puppet who lives in foster care because her parents are addicts - in a controversial new storyline tackling America’s opioid crisis. Julia is a four-year-old girl with autism from Sesame Street, introduced in 2015 as part of the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative. The character made her debut on a clip on 60 Minutes, a news magazine show on CBS News. Sesame Street® video courtesy of Sesame Workshop ©2017. Julia, a 4-year-old female muppet, first appeared online and in printed materials. She also has autism. She also has autism. Entertaining and educating children on television for almost 50 years, the residents of "Sesame Street" have become household names. Julia puppet with blue eyes for greenscreen use. Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia. It’s an auspicious event because the Sesame Street Workshop spent five years gathering input from more than 250 experts just to make sure she’s an accurate portrayal of the autism … Sesame Street is attempting to introduce preschoolers to autism but not everyone is happy about it. Julia's puppeteer isn't the only one on the project who has real-life experience with autism. according to the US Centers for Disease Control. She is also a puppet maker and puppeteer by profession — and the mother of a child with autism. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl visits the set of "Sesame Street" to report on the new Muppet. Watch the Video. © 2021 Quartz Media, Inc. All rights reserved. While at the Jim Henson Workshop, Lesley Stahl built her own Muppet, Tallulah, on the left, Lesley Stahl watches a taping of "Sesame Street", The puppeteers watch monitors to see how their Muppets are interacting on camera as they film, On her "Sesame Street" episode, Julia becomes overwhelmed when she hears sirens, California Privacy/Information We Collect. Holding their puppets high over their heads, the puppeteers wheel around on scooters to navigate the scene. It's never going to happen.". The videos above were  originally published on March 19, 2017 and produced Ann Silvio and Lisa Orlando, and edited by Lisa Orlando and Sarah Shafer Prediger. And witty. Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. I Love My Family. “I would love her to be not Julia, the kid on Sesame Street who has autism,” she said. They're so funny. Sesame Street is welcoming a new puppet to the neighborhood. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. Senior reporter, Editor of How to be Human. There's Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and Oscar the Grouch. How "Sesame Street" created Julia, the new Muppet with autism This spring, "Sesame Street" introduced a Muppet on the spectrum. The new ads are part of a campaign to encourage parents to get early screenings for their children. Even when they're not reading the script, they're improvising.". Fluffster Wears a Mask. Go behind the scenes with 60 Minutes to see how the show's first character with autism was developed, Last (This story highlights what autism looks like in girls, and why we may be missing or misdiagnosing it). © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects. She also has autism. Even her eyes can change, depending on the scene; Krewson includes a half-closed version and a totally closed version so that if Julia gets upset and overwhelmed, she can close her eyes. Krewson created Julia's Muppet with consideration down to the smallest detail. Sesame Street and Autism - See Amazing in All Children. Julia will debut on the US channels HBO and PBS, was well as on Cartoonito UK, Australia’s ABC network, and Mexico’s Televisa. "We're going to tell you more about what that means, and why she's acting this way," Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop, says in the video above. What’s better than spending time together as a family? The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. She also has autism. 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