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Health & Fit Newest 'Sesame Street' Muppet has a mom struggling to overcome addiction

02:50  10 october  2019
02:50  10 october  2019 Source:   today.com

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This spring, " Sesame Street " introduced a Muppet on the spectrum. " Sesame Street 's" newest Muppet , Julia CBS News. On " Sesame Street ," creating a new character means making a new She interviewed Rollie Krewson, a puppet designer often referred to as "Elmo's mom ," who has been with

The newest " Sesame Street " Muppet will explain why she's in foster care: Her mom "was away for a while because she had a grown-up problem." Karli, whom ' Sesame Street ' introduced this year to represent children in foster care, is now the new face of America's addiction crisis, offering support

A Sesame Street character named Karli is about to help young children affected by addiction to realize they are not alone.

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Back in May, Sesame Street introduced the newest Muppet, Karli. At 6 and a half years old, Karli had just moved in with a foster family. Now, her storyline is going one step further as audience members learn why she had to stay with her "for now" family: Karli's mother is dealing with addiction, and her addiction is a sickness that is not Karli's fault.

"What Karli does is she helps bring to life an issue that a lotta people think of as a grown up issue, and don't understand the impact on young children," Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy of the Sesame Workshop, told TODAY Parents.

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While the fact that Julia is “ Sesame Street ’s” first new Muppet in a decade is certainly newsworthy, that is not the only thing that makes her special. The cheery, green-eyed 4-year-old who has autism is also here to expose young kids to children with autistic traits and teach them about acceptance.

The newest resident of " Sesame Street " has orange hair and a fondness for her toy rabbit. She also has autism.

In the United States, there are nearly 6 million children under the age of 11 living with a parent who has a substance abuse problem. That's why Sesame Street is launching a new parental addiction initiative.

Karli won't appear on the actual television show just yet as she was created for the online initiative. As her storyline develops, fans of the show will learn why she was placed in foster care: her mother had to go away for treatment, but now she's back home and in recovery. The new resources, which help children like Karli understand the situation and cope with big feelings, are free and available in English and Spanish.

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" Sesame Street " has been around so long now that it's hard to remember a time before children's television was educational. Muppet : My dad's in jail. The focus on autism began as one of these social impact projects -- with videos. Boy w/ bubbles, mom v/o: My son Louie is 6, and he has autism.

I had two reactions to yesterday's news that Sesame Street will soon introduce a muppet with autism named Julia: That is awesome. Perhaps parents of children with Down syndrome had the same response. But the more I thought about it and the more I read, the more I realized that a character on

"My mom's been going through a tough time," Karli says in one scene. "She has what's called a grown up problem. And grown up problems need grown ups to help fix the problem, so my mom had to go away for a little while."

In another clip, Karli shares what she has learned through her own experience.

"If you're going through a tough time, I've learned that it's OK to be sad or mad or scared because, well, sometimes when you love someone so much, and when they're going through a tough time, sometimes it makes you feel sad and scared, but that's OK," she says. "It's OK to talk about those things. It feels good to talk about those things."

Through videos like these, Sesame Street is trying to help children feel less alone, build resilience and develop coping strategies.

Westin adds: "When you understand the impact it has on young children, and the trauma that it can cause, the impact that has on their healthy development, you realize why it's so important that we're creating tools to help address these issues."

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