I’ve got to admit there is a lot of nostalgia when I think of Sesame Street, both as a child and mother. They teach the basics in pre-readiness…not just academic reading but also social-emotional readiness. Not to mention how impressive their longevity has been. And now, Julia lives on Sesame Street and this has opened up even more opportunities for learning and understanding and awareness.
This spirit from Christine Ferraro, a Sesame Street writer is just magical — “I would love her to be not Julia, the kid on ‘Sesame Street’ who has autism. I would like her to be just Julia.” YES!!!!!
Make sure you also see this interview with the puppeteer behind Julia, Stacey Gordon, and her son with autism. I love the part where shares why Julia is so special to her…“It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society. Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion…it’s huge.”
Sesame Street – I love you! Thank you for more Sunny Days!