Meet 'Sesame Street's' muppet with autism

30 Марта, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Evan Mason
  • While at the Jim Henson Workshop Lesley Stahl built her own Muppet Tallulah on the left               CBS News

"Bringing Julia to life as a Sesame Street Muppet is the centerpiece of all of our new materials to support families of children with autism", said Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop's exec VP of global impact and philanthropy.

Julia, a young Muppet with red hair and bright green eyes, will aim to "reduce the stigma" attached to the condition, programme bosses said. Julia will make her television debut on April 10 in an episode airing simultaneously on HBO and PBS and will appear in one other episode this season.

Autism diagnoses have risen steadily in recent years to a rate of one in every 68 United States children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we're looking at children with autism", she said.

Badesch said that it was obvious the committee "really wanted to get it right - and they got it right", with Julia's character.

"Sesame Street" senior writer Christine Ferraro told "60 Minutes" that the character was complex because "autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism". After submitting tapes, then coming to NY for an audition, she was hired. He wants to be her new friend, but she doesnt speak to him.

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When Big Bird is introduced to her, she ignores him. He thinks she doesn't like him. "They would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that's OK".

"The "Meet Julia" episode is something that I wish my son's friends had been able to see when they were small", says Gordon. But when a siren wails, she covers her ears and looks stricken.

Gordon says her son, now 13, isnt drawn to puppetry.

But shes having a blast being part of the show that helped hook her, as a child, on puppeteering. “At the same time, I come at this with a reverence.

To develop the character, Sesame Workshop worked closely with experts and families in the autism community.

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