The Video I would like to share is the new character with autism that they added to Sesame Street which for those who may not know is a very popular early childhood show that is on T.V. The program is often known for its diversity and cultural awareness, but it was not until this year that they have added a charter who is on the autism spectrum. The Sesame Street character is not only included individuals who are on the spectrum. It is teaching parents as well as other children about autism and how they can help children learn on the spectrum learn and play together. I thought that this video really represented the article that we read in class Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Special Education ... and Were Afraid to Ask (I.D.E.A.). I thought it went along with the end of the title everyone you wanted to know but were afraid to ask! That is exactly right, often parents of children who don’t have a disability are often afraid or uncomfortable talking about another child’s disability. I often think that is, because not enough parents know how to address the issue. I think that the sesame place song not only teaches children how to included individuals with disability but their parents too.
I know from firsthand experience that parents of children with disability would rather you ask what their child’s diagnosis was instead of ignoring them. Often parents tell their child without a disability to quiet down if they are talking about the individual. However, many parents of the child with a disability would rather you include there child into the conversation. For example, I was walking a little girl into school who is diagnosed with Rett syndrome. There was a child who was telling her dad the child was in her class and that she can’t talk. Dad, hushed the little girl, because he was embarrassed and did not know how to handle the situation. We were walking in front of them and he knew that we could hear his little girl. The sesame street song is addressing that parents should involve the other child in the conversation and that it is okay. A better way of addressing the situation than hushing there child would be to include the child and the child’s parents. Say something like, yes the little girl is unable to use her voice to talk, but that does not mean she has nothing to say. The other child diagnosed with Rett syndrome uses a PODD- Book to help her communicate. Not being able to use your voice is not the same as having nothing to say. I think that the sesame street song is not only teaching children to include other but also teaching society to include others.
Altshuler, S. (2007). Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Special Education … and Were Afraid to Ask (I.D.E.A.). Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation, 23-33.