I’m sitting here crying. They showed a meltdown, even though it was a small one. Julia is so precious.
I’m seeing myself when I was 4. My mannerisms, my speech patterns. That could be me in Julia’s place and the scenes wouldn’t be changed at all.
I’m crying. It’s not sad crying.
I literally had a meltdown today exactly the same way she does. I was rocking and had my ears covered and was making the same noise she was.
I think I’ll join you in the not sad crying.
Same thing. I had a meltdown yesterday, because there was loud music at my library, and i reacted exactly the same.
The thing that i also really liked is that the guy said, before talking about Julia’s autism : “Julia likes people to know that she has autism”.
It means that they’re not outing her without her consent ! How rare is that ? I regret the person-first language, but damn, the rest is so good !
For real, this is almost exactly what my sensory meltdowns look like if the stimulus doesn’t last too long. Like, I’m actually seeing a girl like me on TV; a girl like my wife. I was so stunned. And cried. Bc of course I cried. Who wouldn’t after 37 years of no representation?
she happy flaps!!! i love her, she’s adorable!
I think you can tell that the puppeteer is drawing from her experiences seeing her son have meltdowns. the noises she makes and the way she acts are very REAL. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the allistic parent of an autistic boy playing Julia, but I think that so far she’s doing a great job.
Everything I loved about this video:
- The fact that Julia is a girl. So many medical professionals see autism as a boy’s disorder. Autistic girls are under-diagnosed and under-represented in media about autism.
- Julia’s autism is not presented as a disease or defect. It is never something that is “wrong” with her. It’s a characteristic of who she is.
- It’s expressly stated that Julia wants people to know she is autistic, so it’s very clear that they aren’t just talking about Julia behind her back or gossiping about her, but sharing important information she wants people to know.
- The video spends more time focusing on Julia’s strengths than her weaknesses. They actually show how Julia doing things differently can make things more fun for everyone.
- Being friends with someone with autism is shown as desirable.
- Julia’s meltdown is not depicted as an inconvenience to others, but as something that they can help her cope with.
- Julia’s finger painting looks like a flying rabbit in hell.