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Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children

Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children

Spring 2016 Website
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Publisher: Sesame Workshop

Sesame Street has done a wonderful job educating children on a variety of topics from early learning to health and social issues, and diversity to incarceration.

Sesame Street's latest initiative tackles a much more complex and misunderstood issue: Autism. Although well intentioned, the microsite appears uncertain of its primary audience, and therefore less successful. If, for example, the routine cards are to be effective, the cards need to reflect the specific routine of each individual child. Any parent, caregiver or educator wanting to learn more about autism would do well to seek out information from a specifically dedicated source, perhaps Autism Speaks.

The site shines, though, in many of the short videos, when it puts a very human (and loving) face on those affected by autism. The stories of parents, siblings and children with autism offer the viewer a unique look at the differences, challenges, and beauty that coexist in families with this complex syndrome.

Although much of the information provided on the site is stereotypical, these videos give an excellent introduction to young fans of Sesame Street and their families by replacing fear and uncertainty with understanding and compassion.

Roberta Scherf   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Roberta Scherf is the parent of a young adult with autism, and the creator of MeMoves. See Roberta's work at:

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