VIDEO | Sesame Street to debut Muppet with autism

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Monday, March 20, 2017

(CNN) -- Sesame Street has a new muppet. Her name is Julia, and she has autism.

She first appeared on Sesame Street's online digital storybook series back in 2015, but she's making her TV debut next month.

The show's creators say they hope Julia will help children better understand playmates who have autism.

Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, has a son with autism. She told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday that she wishes Julia was around years ago when her son was of "Sesame Street" age.

Gordon said it would have allowed his friends to better understand his behaviors.