This is huge. HUGE.
Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a new character, and she has Autism. I've been hearing about a character with ASD joining the show for a while now and I'm so so glad it happened.
How cute is she?!
Just think about it! This will:
Teach children about Autism
Teach parents about Autism, who then teach their kids
Teach non-special education teachers about Autism, who can then teach their class
Build confidence in children with Autism
Help a parent recognize signs of Autism and seek early intervention
And like ten million other awesome reasons.
So the big point of this post is that we LOVE Julia!
Now, how soon can I spend way too much money on Julia toys and merch for Boog.....yeah, all for Boog.....
Here are some great resources to check out especially considering April is Autism Awareness Month:
Sesame Street Storybook about Julia: This story stars Elmo, Abby and their friend Julia, who has Autism. Together, the three pals have a delightful playdate.
Butterfly Flapping : How to include someone with Autism while playing
Julia's Bunny: Sonetimes playing near someone with Autism just might make them play too
And here's an awesome and really inexpensive way to promote acceptance and support PBS:
Excited, Thankful & Humble,