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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Sesame Street float during the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

A new campaign from “Sesame Street” is pushing the importance of early screenings for autism. The ads feature Julia, a four-year-old muppet on the kids’ show who has autism.

A couple of years ago, “Sesame Street,” introduced Julia, a new muppet with autism. Now the four-year-old character is helping with the show’s new campaign and is encouraging the importance of early screenings for autism.

In a partnership with Autism Speaks, Sesame Workshop- the nonprofit production company behind “Sesame Street” – and the Ad Council, the campaign used two ads showing Julia using tools to communicate with her loved ones.

In one, Julia uses noise-reducing headphones while playing instruments with her friends to show that kids with autism can be sensitive to loud sounds.

The goal of the campaign is to help parents recognize the signs of autism and understand that early screenings and diagnosis are very important.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screening for children at the 18- and 24-month well-child checkups, but a recent survey finds 66% of parents with kids six and younger say their child hasn’t been screened for autism. Most kids are being diagnosed at ages four or five, and it’s even higher for low-income and minority children.

The ads encourage parents to go to or, which have resources in both English and Spanish to help identify the signs of autism and find support before, during, and after diagnosis.

“Receiving an autism diagnosis is just the first step in creating a better future for a child on the spectrum, and there are multiple benefits to getting that early diagnosis,” says Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger in a press release. “Research shows that early intervention can have a positive impact in so many ways, and we are dedicated to helping parents learn the signs and feel empowered to help their children lead their best lives.”

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