Sesame Street: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Julia & Elmo

Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism. She also likes to sing and look up at the night sky. She and Elmo stargaze as they sing “Twinkle, Twinkle” and their star grows brighter and brighter.

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  1. First time sesame street made me cry. My 5 year old son is just like Julia. He also loves to sing “twinkle twinkle little star”. Kudos to sesame street for creating Julia. Being a parent of a child with ASD, it is truly appreciated. Thank you sesame street!

  2. omg I just cried my son has autism. and loves twinkle twinkle little star and loves sesame street and Elmo. Thank you sesame this is why you’ll be #1 for my family

  3. As someone with autism, I’m glad to see the new character with such grace. This maybe perhaps the first children’s character with having a disability at least to me so far.

    1. Sesame Street has had other disabled characters over the years, such as Linda (deaf), Aristotle (blind), plus they’ve featured children with Down Syndrome and others who are in wheelchairs.

  4. Julia is just the kind of role model children on the spectrum need, and Sesame Street provides the perfect example of how they should be treated by others, and that they are also beautiful, complex people that deserve respect. They simply process the world differently. Some of the greatest minds in history were autistic. My two little brothers are on the spectrum. Autism is extremely varied, but Julia’s character is amazingly well done. PBS is just so wonderful, and our president wants to defund it. What a shame…

  5. Elmo’s interaction with her is much more pleasing than Abby’s. Abby just seems… I don’t know. I did like this video, though. Her and Elmo. Elmo treats her like he would everyone… and that’s the point.

  6. From someone on the spectrum, I can say that I’m truly grateful for Julia. Autism hardly ever gets any representation, and when it does it’s layered with stigma. Sesame Street did a great job not just with Julia, but the other characters interacting with her.

  7. I swear to God there are gonna be some people who are gonna ship those two

    I don’t have a problem with it, I just feel like someone is gonna ship it xD

  8. My brother has autism and his favorite show is Sesame Street. I cried when I found out that they created Julia and cried even harder watching this. Thank you Sesame Street for Julia!

  9. Even as an adult, I am grateful to Sesame Street for this. I am a 22-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome, and sometimes I still struggle to accept myself. There are days when I wonder if I’ll ever succeed, and there are days when I am so disgusted with myself that I refuse to even look in the mirror. But Sesame Street reminds me that, whatever the rest of the world says, I am amazing in my own way.

  10. I love Julia. I am sixteen and I have high functioning Autism. When I was a kid there was no one to look up to. No famous character. (Mostly just stereotypes).
    Julia is so cute. I love her so much. This made me bawl.
    I am so glad young children with Autism can look at a screen and go “She is like me!”

  11. This soo special to moms like me who has a aldult with autism!!!!Daniel did not have this kind of awareness when he was growing up!!!!He is now 19 and graduated from High School!!!!It brings a new perspective about autism in a world that people needs to learn aldults and children with any challenges are people tooo!!!!!From a mom who knows all about autism and also live it!!!!!!!?????!!!!Thank you Julia for all the children and parents that deals with autusm in thier everyday lives!!!!!

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