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WVU iASD Clinic director thinks Sesame Street’s Julia ‘instrumental’ in peer acceptance of children with autism

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One goal of the West Virginia University intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic is to prepare children to successfully join a more typical learning setting by increasing pre-academic skills. Sesame Street’s new character Julia, who is autistic, can be instrumental in teaching children to welcome classmates with autism. The iASD Clinic sees children with a diagnosis of autism between two- and six-years-old.

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“Julia has some different behaviors than other children and those are explained in simple and understandable ways. Her new friends learn that she is very much like them in all the important ways, including like to sing, paint and play tag, and that regardless of the differences ‘we can all be friends.’” –Susannah Poe, director of the intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic

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Intensive Autism Service Delivery Clinic, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities

iASD Annual 5k Run &Family Walk April 29, Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, Morgantown

Target Audiences:
• Families with small children

• Families with children who have autism

• Teachers, school counselors, physicians and other professionals working in childcare

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CONTACT: Melina Danko
Communications Manager
Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED)
304.293.4265; mdanko@hsc.wvu.edu