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Julia, Christine Ferraro, Writer discussed on CBS 60 Minutes

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The public tears figure out how to position their mop it by watching the scene on monitors the day revisited there were filming the debut of the new character julia who has autism the story begins with two routes friends methods now now and abby qadhafi introducing hurt two big 'but hide chillier i make bed nice to me a chillier but big bird is confused when julia doesn't respond i think big discussion right at the start was how do we do this how do we talk about autism when christine ferraro has been a writer at sesame street for 25 years during which time the frequency of autism die knows he's has multiplied the chances of a little kid two three four years old having some kind of a relationship another kid with autism as pretty high exactly especially once they had school age because they'll be in their classrooms so but how to portray autism it it's tricky because autism is not one thing because it is different for every single person has autism there's an expression that goes if you've met one person with autism you've met one person autism sesame street has always based its characters and con intent on extensive research they regularly bring in educators and child psychologist way of in the case of julia they also worked with autism organizations to decide which characteristics you should have and how best to normalize autism for all children so that when they encountered them in their life it's familiar and they see that these these can be their friends to how you look they're in shiny beautiful so do you during a break in the filming julia and her friends did for us but they're hoping to do for millions with this episode and high julia help the audience understand when a child with autism doesn't react.

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