Sesame Street: Butterfly Flapping Fun | Julia & Abby Cadabby

Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism, and when she’s excited, sometimes she flaps her arms. Abby flaps her wings when she’s excited. Together, they’re the perfect pair to pretend to be butterflies…and then watch a real butterfly that lands in the garden!

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VideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-SwallowerVideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-Swallower (10 days ago)
No, she's flapping her *HANDS*.
But it does look like a butterfly flapping it's wings!

PeppermintPattiPeppermintPatti (14 days ago)
This is beautiful!!!! As someone who has Asburgers, and a little brother who has acted this EXACT way, I think you guys did a great job having her play with Elmo and Abby!!!

Carly JanetteCarly Janette (1 month ago)
I love seeing people so happy about Julia representation matters

James MeloroJames Meloro (1 month ago)
Julia is so adorable and precious. Abby is a great friend and a sweetie.

Caroline PennCaroline Penn (1 month ago)
This show is so pure, it melts my heart and brings me back down to Earth. Some people out there need to be sat down and forced to watch this show so that they will remember what truly matters in this world. How can anyone hold onto their bigoted beliefs when they watch something as tender as Sesame Street?

mcht50202mcht50202 (1 month ago)
you should include Julia in more sesame street episodes.. I enjoy watching Julia in action more, ao does the autistic children too.. :)

Elli LassilaElli Lassila (1 month ago)
Sesame Street makes people with autism sound like pokemon. I have autism,and yes,I do repeat certain phrases or words, I don't say them multiple times in a row,but I forget I've already told someone something. Or I might initially forget that we already discussed this that and the other yesterday.

VideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-SwallowerVideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-Swallower (10 days ago)
Speaking of Pokemon, did you know that the creator is also autistic?

Ori S. MairovOri S. Mairov (1 month ago)
My faith in humanity is restored thank you for this Seasame Street

Adam JensenAdam Jensen (1 month ago)

Jakethedog3275Jakethedog3275 (1 month ago)
Wow. Not even Hollywood could make a proper representation of what it's like to have Autism

Natalia PeraltaNatalia Peralta (1 month ago)
this is adorable

Tom WhalenTom Whalen (1 month ago)
This is a GREAT way to get the work out about Autism to younger kids and a whole 'nother generation. WAY TO GO SESAME STREET! From your biggest Autistic 26 year old fan...Tom

TheMagicalSofaTheMagicalSofa (1 month ago)
This is so cute! Oh my gosh! Thank you, Sesame Street!

Savannah AmosSavannah Amos (1 month ago)
This is so pure and it's an amazing message they're sending for the next generation of kids.

VeganVixenVeganVixen (1 month ago)
Julia is a wonderful addition to the Sesame Street family! Thank you for including a character with autism! :)

N64LainN64Lain (1 month ago)
This is the first time I've been excited for an educational show in a very long time. I'm definitely watching this episode. My mom wants to see it too! Can't wait to see little Julia shine bright on Sesame Street!

Someone who has Asperger's.

Miriam Marlene Moreno VenturaMiriam Marlene Moreno Ventura (1 month ago)

Valen5878Valen5878 (1 month ago)
Thank you so much for making Julia!!

alex!?alex!? (1 month ago)
it's so nice to see julia being a happy autistic kid!! as a happy autistic teenager it's really nice to see <3 what makes it better is that sesame street was my first ever special interest!

Bluu BandetteBluu Bandette (2 months ago)
The Feels is REAL....

Anna PannekeetAnna Pannekeet (2 months ago)
So amazing

Mista G Not Mista JMista G Not Mista J (2 months ago)
I'm crying with happiness right now, I'm so glad that she's been approved for this show. And that she does the same flappy hand motions that I do when I'm excited. :')

Donna GlickDonna Glick (2 months ago)
THUMBS UP TO JULIA!!!!!!!👍👍👍👍!!!!!!From a mom with a son with autism!!!!!💑💑💑💑!!!!

Emily RiveraEmily Rivera (2 months ago)
They really included her stimming and honestly they couldn't be handling this better.

Rocknrollgf12Rocknrollgf12 (2 months ago)

kftc88kftc88 (2 months ago)
My younger sister is autistic and Julia acts almost exactly like she did at age 3 or 4. This was years ago and back then kids were afraid of her hand flapping made fun of her way of speaking. I wish Julia had been around to show that everyone can play together and educate people about autism. It would have been nice to say "She has autism like Julia on Sesame Street" instead of having to give a 5 minute explanation everytime we met someone new.

drummer4life133drummer4life133 (1 month ago)
kftc88 Well, now you can tell people that she's like Julia on Sesame Street! I have Asperger's syndrome, and I think Julia is a wonderful addition. 😊

GGBABEGGBABE (2 months ago)
it's very good that they have a muppet who has a recognised disability.

Juice ManJuice Man (2 months ago)
reminds me so much of my daughter, she has classic autism. makes me cry everytime i watch this because it's so touching, innocence of an autistic child

PrincessPaulinePrincessPauline (2 months ago)
This is so cute!!!

elsa1942elsa1942 (2 months ago)
Stimming is good and natural! Pass it on! Rock on, literally!

Allie HadleyAllie Hadley (2 months ago)
My brother and sister are twins and both have Autism. This is beautiful!
While obviously 1 person (well puppet) can never represent every single person with autism I still think they have done their research and are being very clever In the way they portray this character.

My bro+sis have different ways in which their autism effects them

Harrah AbigailHarrah Abigail (2 months ago)
I'm not sure how old Abby is supposed to be but I heard Julia is supposed to be four. We can't necessarily expect her to be as articulate as Elmo and Abby I'd they're (much?) older. Also we know there's a spectrum of autism and we're old enough to possibly respond accordingly to individuals. (I am assuming) we are adults. Sesame Street is for children, though we may enjoy it too. Julia represents autistic kiddos as well as kids who are "different." I think the various autism organizations agreed on this representation of the spectrum because whether or not a child knows what autism is, they should be able to notice for themselves that Julia does things differently and that is perfectly fine. Kids watching will learn to follow that example. Honestly I am not too familiar with autism, i will not pretend to be. I just know one person on the spectrum and he is high functioning enough for at least really small children to not notice, in my opinion. Julia's position on the spectrum is to be noticed as well as her friends love AND respect for her.

VideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-SwallowerVideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-Swallower (10 days ago)
Yes she is. Also, Elmo is three, which makes Julia older than him!

Anna@BellaAnna@Bella (2 months ago)
BugPope Elmo has been officially 3 and half for 40 years. I remember him turning 3 and going to preschool for the 1st time and when his goldfish died.

BugPopeBugPope (2 months ago)
Elmo is officially three years old. I.e., he's supposed to be as developed as a three years old child.

Sam EdwardsSam Edwards (2 months ago)
This is an example of sending out a message not giving an example of a specific disability... If this was giving out an example of a specific disability then every single disability under the sun would be represented through children's entertainment, however its sending that message out that disabilities of any kind can be just the same or even better within children's tv shows. There will always be a negative view towards this being not a complete representation or it being amazing however its removing the negative views that are currently placed on disabled children and adults and really it cant get any worse than it currently is at the moment so I see this as an amazing starting point for the media and entertainment within the disability community.

Daniel OrtmanDaniel Ortman (2 months ago)
so wonderful. maybe we could get some psychically disabled Muppet next, it is so great to see people like me and my friends accepted for who they are.

Daniel OrtmanDaniel Ortman (1 month ago)
yes u can, given that many paraplegics use blankets to cover their legs. come on, all they need is to make a different sort of puppet, or introduce a human character into the show.

HomoSuccHomoSucc (1 month ago)
I understand what paraplegia is. They can't be paraplegic because they don't have legs. That's my point. You can't show the wheelchair if you can't show the legs.

Daniel OrtmanDaniel Ortman (1 month ago)
A) paraplegic just means they can't use their legs, you are thinking of double amputees. Obvious things like that is the kind of lack of understanding I want to devout my life fighting against. B) a puppet in a wheel chair isn't hard to imagine.

HomoSuccHomoSucc (1 month ago)
That may be tough. You can't have a paraplegic muppet because they already don't have legs.

Colleen McIndoeColleen McIndoe (2 months ago)
It's super exciting to have a character with autism! Many people are commenting about how she's a "stereotype of autism". This is one character and they did their best to represent JULIA, not anyone else. As autism is different in every person who has it, it would be impossible to represent how autism would look in every single person. They do a good job of saying "autism in Julia means...". They have given her a unique set of characteristics that many people may be able to relate to one characteristic or another.

EspioMetroidNanoEspioMetroidNano (2 months ago)
I think its nice that they're doing this!

Btw, does anyone else think Abby sounds different? Or is it just me for not watching or checking the show in like 12 or so years lmao

Amanda BooneAmanda Boone (2 months ago)
They might have gotten someone else to play her. I don't even remember what she used to sound like though lol

Katherine LoyolaKatherine Loyola (2 months ago)
This makes my heart so freaken happy.

Shepard FairfaxShepard Fairfax (2 months ago)
the happy flappy!!!!!

David BrotskyDavid Brotsky (2 months ago)
One day maybe I'll figure out how to fill the void....I just don't think many understand. Is there much about non-verbal boys out there?

ıllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılııllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılı (2 months ago)
1:30 you can see where the control points on the arms end, as the remaining hand gets to flap around.

ıllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılııllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılı (2 months ago)
This video is the highest form of autism.

I know I have no say in this, because I am lucky enough to be on the highest functioning level on the autistic spectrum. If you were to look at me at 4 or 5 years old, you would call me funny and weird, and nowadays,(14) you couldn't tell the difference between me and a normal teen.

Now, there's another kid in my class named Jonah. When nobody's looking(1-3 people actually) he would flap his arms and hands like drake bell, and fall asleep in the first few minutes of class. He frequently gets into meltdowns, and it's fairly easy to put him in one, just make a confusing or contradictory statement, and he will swing at you or bang his desk.

If he was 4 years old, he MAY act like the character portrayed on this video, but it is NOT every child. I understand emotions, I can emphasize, and if I can, I'm pretty sure others can. You are making autistic kids into a stereotype.

ıllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılııllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılı (1 month ago)
aaron bristow

edit: i said to take off your mask on the bus to jonah and he had an autistic breakdown, and swung at EVERYONE and cried.

Nicole BeaverNicole Beaver (1 month ago)
Yes, and as someone on the spectrum myself I am very impressed with their efforts from a neurotypical standpoint to help KIDS understand autism. Plus if you watched the 10 minute skit you would have seen that they said 'for Julia', meaning that autism is different for other people. So shut up.

Aaron BristowAaron Bristow (2 months ago)
ıllılılı мιlεs ıllılılı Bεyond ıllılılı I'm sorry but if an autistic kid swings at me for saying something weird I'm swinging back

Celine TurnerCeline Turner (2 months ago)
You're right that I was generalising, but to be honest you said the exact same thing I was trying to.

mabusestestamentmabusestestament (2 months ago)
+Celine Turner
Well, people with Asperger's "can function fine" in society is not really true in many cases, as a lot of people with Aspergers (including myself) can tell you. Some of them can, some of them barely can, some of them can't.

Nichelle McKinneyNichelle McKinney (2 months ago)
This is why it's called the Autism Spectrum. There are so many different types! Good Lord.

Jahaziel CipollaJahaziel Cipolla (2 months ago)
You all know there are different types of autism, right...

mickiblay1mickiblay1 (1 month ago)
A major point that they will make in the introductory episode, when a character will ask the adult what Autism is; For JULIA, it's like this. They admitted that the hardest part about making an autistic character was that it's such a broad spectrum that differs from person to person. And there's no possible way for them to create characters for each form of Autism.

KcidymccusKcidymccus (2 months ago)
Jahaziel Cipolla Yea the creator of Julia pointed that out. The creator whos son has autism

TreemeadowTreemeadow (2 months ago)
and this is the kind Julia has. They do explain that on the show.

Ms RsasMs Rsas (2 months ago)
She doesn't look autistic. my niece doesn't move her armas like that and don't repeat the same word.

Nicole BeaverNicole Beaver (1 month ago)
Autism is different for everyone, please remember that. I don't 'look' it either (which is actually very rude to say if someone tells you that they are), and I don't echo words but I do flap my arms. Not everyone is your niece.

Lacey HaysLacey Hays (1 month ago)
Autism is different in every child, but hand flapping an echolalia (repeating words and phrases after hearing them) are very common presentations. They are common enough that they are listed in "Early Signs of Autism" pamphlets. My 3.5-year-old son does both, though the happy-flaps are reserved for when he is REALLY happy.

Ms RsasMs Rsas (2 months ago)
I have learned something new. Thank you.

googoodollsfangoogoodollsfan (2 months ago)
I'm autistic and I do repeat words and flap my hands. Not everyone with autism is the same

Avatar  WanAvatar Wan (2 months ago)
You don't need to autistic to be autistic

Sancho GSancho G (2 months ago)
Is Julia a spastic then??

alex!?alex!? (1 month ago)
she's autistic!!!

mabusestestamentmabusestestament (2 months ago)

had_ookinhad_ookin (2 months ago)
This is just way too adorable.

David BrotskyDavid Brotsky (2 months ago)
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. So why isn't the character a boy? And what about non-verbal kids with autism?

Netbug009Netbug009 (1 month ago)
Nicole Beaver No need for the attitude! Boys do, statistically speaking, have a higher diagnosis rate. That doesn't mean autistic girls don't exist, but that's not what the OP was saying anyway. Also, saying girls can adapt better is also sterotyping...

Nicole BeaverNicole Beaver (1 month ago)
That is complete bullcrap. Autism is a very biased and stereotyped disorder. I should know, I have it and I'm a girl. Autism affects both genders actually fairly equally, but like me those who are higher functioning can easily adapt to our surroundings better than boys can, sorry to say. Plus it's so stereotyped that getting a diagnosis is surprisingly hard. So they chose a girl to represent it to break a stereotype. That answer your question?

alex!?alex!? (1 month ago)
what comment? wtf are you talking about?

Andre LavanderoAndre Lavandero (1 month ago)
+alex!? I thought you were commenting on my comment.

alex!?alex!? (1 month ago)
whats true???

Clark MatthewsClark Matthews (2 months ago)
I really want to share this video! Any idea when it will be captioned so that fans who are Deaf and hard of hearing can enjoy Julia's new debut?
*FUN FACT: Captioning helps hearing kids develop reading skills too! Talk about #SeeAmazing ;)

Zoe MacaroniZoe Macaroni (2 months ago)
Why is Julia's face so huge compared to abbey's?

Kendra LobstaKendra Lobsta (2 months ago)
Zoe Macaroni Muppets come in all shapes and sizes :)

Harry and TommoHarry and Tommo (2 months ago)

Kye TalksKye Talks (2 months ago)

robert vergasrobert vergas (1 month ago)
Kye Talks d

Marcela BaqueroMarcela Baquero (1 month ago)
Kate Speaks Julia: *flaps* Me: *starts burning*

Alexei BAlexei B (2 months ago)
If I could thumbs up this comment many times, I would. Julia's happy flapping is making me happy flap too <3

Kelsey RohrKelsey Rohr (2 months ago)
my child is 7 and has very little speech. They are all different. If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.

Kylie DeeKylie Dee (2 months ago)
As a girl who is on the autism spectrum herself and a long time Sesame Street and muppet fan for so long. I'm so happy they added a autistic character. Julia seems like she's gonna bring such a ray of sunshine and bubbly spirit to the show. I think I have a new favourite character besides Elmo and Cookie Monster! She's so adorable.

VideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-SwallowerVideoGameFan15 The Autistic Sword-Swallower (10 days ago)
I know! She's so cute and I love it when she flaps her hands and bounces around like a basketball. Watching her really makes my Day.

However, the only thing Julia *DOESN'T* do but other autistic kids do is standing on her tiptoes.

Leanne HaddockLeanne Haddock (2 months ago)
I am so happy!

Phoebe! At The DiscoPhoebe! At The Disco (2 months ago)
Finally Julia is a PHYSICAL PUPPET!!

But most of us with autism can speak... and some of us don't like stuff like Minecraft, My Little Pony and transportation... We need a non-stereotypical representation of someone with autism.

-Coming from an aspie herself

PhantomhiveSassPhantomhiveSass (1 month ago)
Hello, I'm also autistic! Julia is 4 and the writers did tons of research and talked to people, and this is what they think is the best way for Julia to be! I've never seen representation like this in such a positive way, and I think it's amazing.

HomoSuccHomoSucc (1 month ago)
Really? You're gonna complain about Julia? She's a little girl, she's not gonna be a complex character. Children are simple. Accept that she's not gonna be an absolutely full and fleshed-out character.

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