How to 'Hug' a Kid With Autism


It’s Autism Awareness Month, and to honor it, Sesame Street is showing us how to better support kids on the spectrum. They’ve released a few new short videos featuring Julia, the show’s first character with autism.

In the video above, Julia and her neurotypical big brother Samuel teach Abby a new kind of hug, as Julia doesn’t like big hugs. Some people with autism have a strong sensitivity to touch, so hugging can overwhelm them. Julia prefers “starfish hugs”—you and the other person each lift up a hand, spread out your fingers like a starfish and touch your fingertips together.

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