Autism awareness and advocacy groups are cheering Julia’s addition. “We think it’s a terrific next step for Sesame Street,” said Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer at Autism Speaks, a US advocacy organization. On April 10, Sesame Street will introduce Julia, a puppet with autism, to its viewers around the world. Julia's puppeteer isn't the only one on the project who has real-life experience with autism. 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. Kick off each morning with coffee and the Daily Brief (BYO coffee). Fluffster Wears a Mask. Julia puppet with blue eyes for greenscreen use. The first Sesame Street muppet with autism, Julia, has made her debut on TV in the US. She originally was created in digital form when Sesame Street launched their autism resources in 2015. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. "I said, 'If there's a puppet, I want to be her,'" Gordon tells Stahl in the video above of when she saw Julia as an animation. The four-year-old girl with an orange bob-cut and green eyes debuted in 2015 as part of the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative. Once built, Julia was ready for the set. 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. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes - and autism. Singing about it, of course! Watch the Video. The character made her debut on a clip on 60 Minutes, a news magazine show on CBS News. A worldwide rollout is planned within a year. 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. She is a yellow Anything Muppet with a red bob cut hairstyle and green eyes (blue for green screen uses) who wears a dark dress shirt over a light pink t-shirt, green pants, and black shoes. What did it take to build a character like Julia? What is autism spectrum disorder? Julia’s puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, has an autistic son, and explained how important it is for kids with the disorder to see themselves reflected in popular culture—and for their peers to see it. Senior reporter, Editor of How to be Human. When she meets Big Bird, she ignores him. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Lesley Stahl visits the set of "Sesame Street" to report on the new Muppet. An Afghan Muppet exemplified the importance of educating girls. (CNN) The newest resident of "Sesame Street" has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. Since it is a spectrum disorder, Goring says, no two cases of autism look exactly the same. They're also comedians. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. Thu Jan 07 2021. Sesame Street is welcoming a new puppet to the neighborhood. Julia is a four-year-old girl on the children's television program Sesame Street who is autistic. “I would like her to be just Julia.”. These are some of our most ambitious editorial projects. Julia, Sesame Street and Autism. “I would love her to be not Julia, the kid on Sesame Street who has autism,” she said. In fact, some are downright upset. She also has autism. Meet Julia, an old buddy of Elmo’s and the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia appeared on her first episode of Sesame Street on April 10, 2017. Let’s learn a little more about this puppet first. That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. "Well in this particular case, it takes a lot of sensitivity," Stahl says. After nearly a decade of featuring the same Muppet characters, Sesame Street added a yellow Muppet named Julia. She is a young girl with bright orange hair and big green eyes and is friends with Elmo and Abby. It's never going to happen.". She also has autism. Our emails are made to shine in your inbox, with something fresh every morning, afternoon, and weekend. © 2017 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. She's acting this way because she's on the autism spectrum.". But Stacey Gordon, the puppeteer who plays Julia, isn't just an actress. Krewson created Julia's Muppet with consideration down to the smallest detail. Now she's joining the gang of "Sesame Street" on television. This spring, "Sesame Street" introduced a Muppet on the spectrum. But even though they're not on camera, the puppeteers are still performing. Now that it is happening on "Sesame Street," Gordon knows first-hand the impact Julia will have on children who can identify with her. The new ads are part of a campaign to encourage parents to get early screenings for their children. 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. Credit: Sesame Workshop "We had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird," Elmo said. 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. "[I thought] it's so far out there, it's never going to happen. Julia, a 4-year-old female muppet, first appeared online and in printed materials. 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. Known for their quality educational programs for children, Sesame Street's autism resources are educating kids and adults in a whole new way. Noor and Aziz, as conceptualized by Sesame Workshop, are playful and get along well. Julia has a strong connection to art, loves to sing and has autism. Watching the puppeteers in action, Stahl was surprised by the way they move around during filming. Sesame Street has finally introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism and the first new character added to the show in four years. according to the US Centers for Disease Control. Known for their quality educational programs for children, Sesame Street's autism resources are educating kids and adults in a whole new way. Updated Mar 20, 2017 11:37 AM EDT. Go behind the scenes with 60 Minutes to see how the show's first character with autism was developed, Last Even when they're not reading the script, they're improvising.". 60 Minutes visits "Sesame Street" for the first time and films the debut of their new Muppet character, Julia, who has autism. How "Sesame Street" created Julia, the new Muppet with autism This spring, "Sesame Street" introduced a Muppet on the spectrum. She also has autism. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc.All rights reserved. Julia has autism…and she and Elmo share an amazing friendship. And she couldn't have any adornments in her hair—no barrettes, no ribbons.". Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told 60 Minutes that she hopes Julia becomes less of a novelty on the show. 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 … By Zoe Miller "The public will understand that behind Julia, who, by the way, flaps and throws a fit when the noise gets too loud, that this mother who is manipulating the puppet knows that this is what happens," Stahl says. Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. They're so funny. And it’s been two years since Sesame launched their first puppet on the autism spectrum. Her clothes are equally intentional. And witty. 2017 Mar 19. "Give children that information. "Her eyes had to be a certain way because she has to have an intense look, but she has to look friendly," Krewson tells Stahl. Her purple dress is loose, without distracting bows, buttons, or ribbons. 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, a 4-year-old female muppet, first appeared online and in printed materials. Julia, a 4-year-old female muppet, first appeared online and in printed materials. They have been homeless and struggled with the stigma of having an incarcerated parent. Sesame Street and Autism - See Amazing in All Children. © 2021 Quartz Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Julia, Sesame Street’s autistic muppet, has a new campaign to help teach parents about 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. Gordon says she feels so connected to Julia, she felt as though she were meant to play the character. In 2017, Sesame Street introduced a new Muppet named Julia, who is an autistic 4-year-old. Julia in The Muppet Workshop. She is also a puppet maker and puppeteer by profession — and the mother of a child with autism. Four years ago, Sesame Street introduced Julia, its first new Muppet in 10 years. These are the core obsessions that drive our newsroom—defining topics of seismic importance to the global economy. Sesame Street® video courtesy of Sesame Workshop ©2017. “Had my son’s friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened,” she told CBS. "And good actors. Muppets and their young playmates on Sesame Street have had autism, HIV and Down syndrome. Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted. Sesame Street is attempting to introduce preschoolers to autism but not everyone is happy about it. There's Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, and Oscar the Grouch. 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 will debut on the US channels HBO and PBS, was well as on Cartoonito UK, Australia’s ABC network, and Mexico’s Televisa. Since then, "Sesame Street" has filmed a new episode featuring Julia that will be part of the show's upcoming season. 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. When Julia flaps her arms, for example, a second puppeteer controls them. Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th season of Sesame Street. Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia. "As the parent of a child with autism, I wished that it had come out years before, when my own child was at the "Sesame Street" age," Gordon says. She also has autism. Sesame Street worked with 250 autism organizations and experts, including Autism Speaks, as well as its own regular child psychologists to develop Julia. Enjoy! "The puppeteers obviously are actors," Stahl says. Julia, Sesame’s Street’s new puppet, debuted on PBS Kids and HBO on Monday, April 10th, 2017. Julia demonstrates simple ways to make wearing a mask easier. One in 68 children in the US has autism, according to the US Centers for Disease Control, up 30% from 2012 estimates. 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. Occasionally two people are needed to operate one Muppet – one for the head and body, and one for the arms. She also has autism. What’s better than spending time together as a family? (This story highlights what autism looks like in girls, and why we may be missing or misdiagnosing it). When animating Julia, Gordon draws on her own experience, a factor that Stahl says lends authenticity to the character. The CDC found that 1 in 42 boys, versus 1 in 189 girls, were diagnosed in 2014. 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. Rather than make fun of her or be scared by her unusual reaction, the kids make it part of the game. Julia has a strong connection to art, loves to sing and has autism. Her name is Julia, and she’s a redheaded, four-year-old who likes singing, painting and picking flowers. Exciting news for parents and children alike: For the first time in a decade, Sesame Street has a new Muppet. While Julia was introduced online in 2016 and has appeared in books, she will now join the cast of the wildly popular educational puppet show, along with Elmo, Big Bird and Grover, in an effort to show kids and their parents what autism looks like and how to support autistic people. Like lots of kids on the autism spectrum, Julia has heightened sensitivity to noise, so when she hears sirens, they overwhelm her, triggering a meltdown. The disorder can affect communication and social interactions, and can be characterized by repetitive behaviors or intense interests. 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. Watch the Video. By providing your email, you agree to the Quartz Privacy Policy. Julia showcases some of these tendencies. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. She’s since appeared on three seasons of the show. 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. "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. The newest resident of Sesame Street has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. She also has autism. Stahl and the 60 Minutes crew were there as "Sesame Street" filmed her first episode. On April 10, Sesame Street will introduce Julia, a puppet with autism, to its viewers around the world. 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. I Love My Family. Holding their puppets high over their heads, the puppeteers wheel around on scooters to navigate the scene. Entertaining and educating children on television for almost 50 years, the residents of "Sesame Street" have become household names. Elmo helpfully explains that since Julia has autism, “sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things.” When the group plays a game of tag, Julia flaps her arms. The special "Sesame Street" episode "Meet Julia" originally aired in April on HBO and PBS KIDS. Meet Julia, an old buddy of Elmo’s and the newest friend on Sesame Street. Some, like Elmo, Bert, and Ernie, need only one name. "Her hair had to be made so that her bangs weren't in her eyes and that her hair didn't fall into her mouth. Julia, a 4-year-old female muppet, first appeared online and in printed materials. On CBS news for parents and children alike: for the arms behaviors intense... Demonstrates simple ways to make wearing a mask easier ” she said -! 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