Big Bird and Friends to Help Children With Autism Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” and Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization, are developing an initiative to reduce the stigma of autism and to help children with the disorder. “See Amazing in All Children” aims to increase understanding, reduce stigma and demonstrate the commonalities that ... News in Brief
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Big Bird and Friends to Help Children With Autism
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Big Bird and Friends to Help Children With Autism
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.19062014.12
The ASHA Leader, June 2014, Vol. 19, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB5.19062014.12
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street,” and Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization, are developing an initiative to reduce the stigma of autism and to help children with the disorder.
“See Amazing in All Children” aims to increase understanding, reduce stigma and demonstrate the commonalities that children with autism spectrum disorder share with all children. The effort will use familiar Sesame Street characters in tools and resources for families of children with ASD to help them reduce the stress of everyday routines, such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, trying a new food or playing with other children.
Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March show that one in 68 children has ASD, indicating a need to help people understand the disorder. According to Autism Speaks, Sesame Workshop’s history of addressing diversity, acceptance and inclusion allows the organization to reach children and caregivers everywhere through the familiar Sesame Street characters.
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