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With Muppet On The Spectrum, ‘Sesame Street’ Makes Impact

June 10, 2019

By: Shaun Heasley

Source: Disability Scoop

Nearly four years after “Sesame Street” introduced a muppet with autism, new research suggests that the show’s materials focused on the developmental disorder are making a difference.

A collection of online materials from Sesame Workshop has helped increase knowledge and acceptance of those who are on the spectrum, according to findings published recently in the journal Autism.

In addition to debuting Julia, a muppet with autism, Sesame Workshop unveiled its online autism initiative called “See Amazing in All Children” in 2015. At the time when the study was conducted, the website included information about autism, an electronic storybook featuring Julia, videos and a set of daily routine cards to help kids learn skills like brushing their teeth or crossing the street.

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