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Muppets Focus on Autism Awareness, Reducing Stress from Routines

Muppets soon will be embracing autism more closely. Sesame Workshop just announced the launch of "Seeing Amazing In All Children," an initative with Autism Speaks. The goal is to demonstrate that people with and without autism are more alike than different. Watch for programming to come aimed at increasing understanding and reducing stigma associated with the communication disorder. The effort continues the long history by this educational non-profit of using television programming and resources to bring the public messages of inclusiveness, disability awareness, and kindness. Now, to help combat the ongoing stigma and isolation for some, muppets will talk about the autism spectrum disorder. Moreover, resources are on the drawing board to help families reduce "the stress of everyday routines" such as brushing teeth, getting dressed, trying a new food, or playing with other children. Okay, Sesame Workshop! Sounds good. Blog readers, stay tuned. 

Another note of interest: Cookie’s Crumby Pictures is a feature on Sesame Street this season that focuses on self-regulation. It parodies popular movies and revists Cookie Monster's 44 years of impulsivity and struggles to control his thoughts, actions and emotions. In seven spoofs he works on mastery of executive function skills, a component of self-regulation. Some titles include  “Life of Whoopie Pie,” “The Spy Who Loved Cookies,” “Les Mousserables” and “The Hungry Games.” He works on showing self-control by trying not to eat a cookie, delaying gratification by eating the cookie later, and showing flexible thinking that shifts his attention to something other than a cookie. The segments also show the muppet trying to recall and use a strategy that once prevented him from devouring a cookie, along with task persistence by sticking with an intention to identify control his impulses and emotions. For more information and episode numbers, go to Cookies Crumby Pictures: Muppet Wiki.