Sesame Street Welcomes a Character with Autism

Sesame Street Welcomes a Character with Autism

Sesame Street Welcomes a Character with Autism

Mark Cartwright of Dallas, Texas, a licensed psychologist with Carousel Clinical Services and Carewright Clinical Services, has conducted numerous evaluations of children with suspected autism. Also a nationally certified school psychologist, Mark Cartwright of Dallas has also provided intensive therapy to children on the autism spectrum and has helped families to access appropriate resources.

On October 21, 2015, the children’s educational program Sesame Street announced the groundbreaking addition of a character with autism. The term autism, more formally referred to as autism spectrum disorder, indicates one of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by self-stimulating behaviors and difficulties with social functioning. Today, approximately 1 child in 68 receives an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis.

Experts say that children with autism may be excluded from peer activities and are vulnerable to bullying. Sesame Street introduced the character, an orange-haired muppet named Julia, to counteract this behavior and teach children to be inclusive of all peers. The program has also introduced the initiative Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, which offers such family and community resources as educational videos, tips for community members, and a storybook for parents and children to share.