Meet Julia, Sesame Street's first autistic character

In other words, Sesame Street worked on emphasizing Julia's individual experience as a child with autism rather than generalize how all people might experience this condition.

Christine said, Big Bird thinks "Maybe she didn't like me" but the other muppets tell him, "She does things just a little differently". I would love her to be not Julia, the kid on Sesame Street who has autism.

When Big Bird is introduced to her, she ignores him.

Sesame Street has released its first clips of a new Muppet character - Julia, a 4-year-old with autism. Julia sometimes takes a while to answer questions, and she tends to repeat what her friends say, because she has autism.

"I just wish Julia was around when my son was younger", Gordon, who requested her son's name and photo be kept out of the story, tells PEOPLE. One shows her sitting at a table, painting with some of the other characters. Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, has a son with autism herself. That's why the show announced on 60 Minutes Sunday night that a new Muppet with autism will be joining the cast.

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Beloved children's TV show Sesame Street has always led the way in teaching children to be good, kind human beings.

"In the USA, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder", Jeanette Betancourt, vice president of US social impact at Sesame Workshop, told the Associated Press.

Children's show Sesame Street is to introduce a new character with autism. According to the CDC, although autism disorder hasn't been defined for the whole spectrum -because it has many variations- the disorder is mostly characterized by social, communicational, and behavioral challenges.

Ferraro said that by depicting a Muppet with autism on the show, the hope is that children will have a better understanding of the autistic children they meet.

The fact that Julia is a girl seems significant, as some believe girls with autism are under-diagnosed. She also has autism. "Julia seems like she's gonna bring such a ray of sunshine and bubbly spirit to the show", YouTuber Kylie Dee said.

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