| By Traci Cothran |
Sesame Street’s first new puppet in a decade debuts this month; her name is Julia, she’s a cutie-pie, and she has Autism. To say this is a huge moment for the Autism community is a gross understatement, as kids on the spectrum struggle every day to find acceptance and friendship, and Sesame Street is now providing a way for young children to grow up understanding this disorder better and accepting kids who have it. Like many others parents of children on the spectrum, I was thrilled (and a little choked up) watching the “60 Minutes” segment about Julia and all the research and thoughtfulness Sesame Street put into the creation of this character.
And, as a parent, I’m always trying to keep current on new trends, therapies, and research on Autism. It can be overwhelming, as it seems there’s less defined about Autism than is known. This is where I love our Gale resources. We have fantastic information on the topic in our eBooks on GVRL, including:
• Autism, 1st Edition
Series Name: Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints
Lauri S. Scherer