Julia, the 4-year-old Sesame Street Muppet with autism, made her debut in 2015 as part of Sesame Workshop’s Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative. New videos and educational materials — freely available in English and Spanish — introduce Julia’s parents, big brother, and companion dog, who first appeared in last year’s Family Forever storybook. Autism affects 1 in 59 children today.
On April 8, both HBO and PBS KIDS will premiere a new Julia-focused Sesame Street episode in which Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Alan help Julia feel less scared about getting a haircut by playing “hair salon” and pretending to be hair stylists.
Additionally, on April 6, Barnes & Noble will hold storytime events in more than 630 locations nationwide, featuring the Family Forever hardcover storybook by Random House Children’s Books.
For parents, Sesame Workshop also released a behind-the-scenes look at how the team at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop created Julia’s family.