Columbus educators applaud Sesame Street's introduction muppet with Autism

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There's a new kid on the street. Her name is Julia, and her story begins with an introduction to a Sesame Street muppet that has become an American institution, Big Bird. The episode portrays characters introducing themselves to Julia. Even Big Bird is confused when Julia doesn't respond. But it's a feeling Columbus mother, Megan Griesemer, once knew all too well.At 2-years-old, Griesemer's son, Finnegan, wasn't talking or making eye contact. "I kind of knew something was going on. It was instinct," said Griesemer.Doctors diagnosed Finnegan with autism. Fast forward two years and Finnegan now runs to greet his mother with a kiss and a hug.Griesemer credits Play Project, a unique autism intervention that promotes the parent/child relationship.The...

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