Autism can be difficult to explain to children who haven't met someone very different from them. Sesame Street battles the stigma surrounding autism by introducing their new autistic character, Julia, and helping kids understand that even though she is different, it is okay to be different.
The school year is coming to an end, and there are endless requests and advertisements for summer babysitters, camps, playdates, carpools, and extended visits with family. We’re striving for the right balance between supervision and freedom, entertainment and healthy boredom. There are likely to be a variety of activities and people our children will be involved with, which means we need to remain vigilant and keep open communication about body safety.
It’s important for parents to know what normal sexual behaviors are and to feel comfortable creating a safe environment where their children can explore and understand their bodies.