Sesame Workshop is expanding its “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” program with new resources and content to help families create routines, build flexibility and cope with change.
Available online, these resources include a new video, articles for parents and interactive activities for kids. They build on much of the content that’s already available, centering on Julia, a Muppet with autism.
The new video sees the four-year-old Sesame character learning how to manage her fear of the dark by drawing what she’s afraid of. It’s accompanied by printable activity and coloring sheets to help children develop a healthy bedtime routine. This piece of content was written, produced and animated by California-based non-profit Exceptional Minds—a training academy and working studio that helps individuals on the autism spectrum prepare for careers in animation.
And in order to better serve the Chinese American autism community specifically, Sesame is partnering with Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) to launch Mandarin and Cantonese adaptations of the digital storybook We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3. Two new articles addressing the unique challenges faced by Chinese American children with autism are also available online.
The “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative launched in 2015. Two years later, it was significantly expanded with the premiere of Julia on Sesame Street and the launch of several new digital resources.