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05 Apr 2019, 3:19 am

OMG! I still remember the father/mother skit on sesame street from the 1970s!!

It's like watching history change before my own eyes



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18 May 2019, 12:55 pm

Julia is so adorable.



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08 Sep 2020, 4:17 am

‘Sesame Street’ Changing Attitudes About Autism

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Five years after “Sesame Street” put its focus on autism, new research suggests the show’s materials are helping to change minds among parents of kids with and without the developmental disorder.

The venerable children’s television show introduced a character with autism and a collection of online materials with information about the condition and resources for families in 2015.

Looking at the “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” website made a difference for parents, whether or not they were personally affected by the developmental disability, according to findings published late last month in the journal Autism.

Researchers assessed levels of implicit bias toward children with autism in 473 parents of kids on the spectrum and 707 parents of those without the developmental disorder. The evaluations, which examined attitudes and knowledge about autism, parenting confidence, strain and stigma, were conducted before and after the parents reviewed the “See Amazing” website.

The study found that parents of children with autism had less bias toward kids on the spectrum than the other moms and dads before looking at the website. After reviewing the materials, however, bias reduced among the parents of children without autism and the two groups of parents had comparable levels.

Meanwhile, many parents of children with autism showed better attitudes and more knowledge about the developmental disorder after spending time on the website, which helped them feel more empowered.

The findings suggest that “acquiring knowledge from a website may serve as an easy, quick way to reduce bias without potential harmful consequences toward individuals with autism,” noted Cheryl L. Dickter of William & Mary and her colleagues.

“Our results provide an encouraging step in improving attitudes toward individuals with autism,” the study authors concluded.


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07 Oct 2021, 5:27 am

‘Sesame Street’ Expands Autism Resources

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Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the television show, said it is expanding its collection of online materials featuring Julia, a 4-year-old Muppet with autism.

The rollout includes an animated video where Julia learns to cope with her fear of the dark as well as coloring and activity sheets and a set of “Good Night” routine cards to help kids create a bedtime schedule.

In addition, Sesame Workshop is adding content aimed at the Chinese American autism community. There are Mandarin and Cantonese versions of the digital storybook “We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3” that show how Elmo and Abby Cadabby learn to engage with their friend Julia. The nonprofit is also introducing articles addressing the unique challenges of being a Chinese American child with autism.

The new animated video was created by Exceptional Minds, a studio that trains adults on the spectrum for careers in animation and similar fields. And, the materials for Chinese Americans were produced with Friends of Children with Special Needs, an organization that emerged out of the Chinese American community in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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24 May 2024, 12:14 pm

I know this is old news, but ever since the Muppet Movie Anniversary Showing was announced, I rediscovered something I always realized. Julia is pretty accurate, but Ernie seems more AS-esque, maybe even with ADHD, and that's why I fictionkin him. Bert too. His hyperfixation with bathing and saxophones are not normal things for a monster. I love Julia, but in some circles she can be considered forgettable.


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28 May 2024, 10:44 pm

I had mixed feelings about Julia. She's a girl, that one thing they got right. Then I found out Autism $peaks sponsored Sesame Street. I was so upset by this I even wrote to Sesame workshop and practically begged them to drop A$, but I go no reply and they clearly didn't care. When I heard they even had Julia in commercials for A$ I wanted nothing to do with her anymore.

I do think some Muppets act like they could be on the spectrum, like Bert and Fozzie Bear. Some people think Cookie Monster is also but I don't think so since he's a monster so his eating habits and monosyllable speech are "normal" monster behavior.



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29 May 2024, 5:17 am

lostonearth35 wrote:
I had mixed feelings about Julia. She's a girl, that one thing they got right. Then I found out Autism $peaks sponsored Sesame Street. I was so upset by this I even wrote to Sesame workshop and practically begged them to drop A$, but I go no reply and they clearly didn't care. When I heard they even had Julia in commercials for A$ I wanted nothing to do with her anymore.

I do think some Muppets act like they could be on the spectrum, like Bert and Fozzie Bear. Some people think Cookie Monster is also but I don't think so since he's a monster so his eating habits and monosyllable speech are "normal" monster behavior.


Just wanting to ask, why is A$ spelled with a $?



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29 May 2024, 11:32 am

lostonearth35 wrote:
I had mixed feelings about Julia. She's a girl, that one thing they got right. Then I found out Autism $peaks sponsored Sesame Street. I was so upset by this I even wrote to Sesame workshop and practically begged them to drop A$, but I go no reply and they clearly didn't care. When I heard they even had Julia in commercials for A$ I wanted nothing to do with her anymore.

I do think some Muppets act like they could be on the spectrum, like Bert and Fozzie Bear. Some people think Cookie Monster is also but I don't think so since he's a monster so his eating habits and monosyllable speech are "normal" monster behavior.


I agree with Bert. Ernie too and he also has ADHD, as I mentioned earlier.

He's not autistic unless you headcanon him to be, but I also like how it's heavily implied Gonzo is a Demiboy.


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