‘Sesame Street’ a TV Show Helping Kids with Autism Learn to Wear Face Masks
With the hit of covid -19, children with Autism get it rough to adjust to the ministry of health and World health Organization guidelines. Wearing of masks and social distancing seem not to be working for children with autism because of their condition that needs caregivers and guardians to stay around.
The regulations make them more vulnerable in the disability spectrum. The deaf, for instance, measures to help them cop up with covid-19 have been put in place. Just to mention, introduction of the first ONLINE SIGN LANGUAGE APPLICATION by the assitALL which helps deaf people to access interpreters even in isolation meaning a deaf person won’t need a physical interpreter.
The elephant in the room is, children with autism, how they are coping with the given guidelines.
In the US, a TV show by the name ‘’saseme streeet’’has come through to salvage children with autism.With a collection of new materials, “Sesame Street” is working to help kids with autism adapt to wearing face masks and other realities of living through a pandemic.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind “Sesame Street,” unveiled a series of videos this week featuring Julia, a 4-year-old Muppet with autism, as she encounters the various ways that the world has changed as a result of COVID-19.
The videos show Julia going ona virtual play withElmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as shevisits a park after for the first time in a long time.
“We know that children with autism and their families are experiencing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and that schedules, routines and guidelines can change with little warning,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop. “The new resources are designed to help families manage unexpected circumstances, familiarize children with important new behaviors like wearing masks and incorporate practical strategies into their day-to-day lives — all with a little help from Julia.”
The content released this week is just the latest from Sesame Workshop designed to help children cope with the pandemic. This spring, the organization rolled out the ‘’caring for each other initiative’’ with resources to help families manage anxiety and establish new routines. At this time, they also offer coronavirus-related tips specifically for families of those with autism.
The autism materials are part of the broader ‘’sesame street and autism see Amazing in all Children’’ initiative, which launched in 2015 and includes a range of online videos and resources and a handful of “Sesame Street” episodes focused on Julia.
By Silas Abbas