Sesame Street's Muppets to Help Kids Cope With Trauma

From Drugs.com - October 6, 2017

Sesame Street's Muppets to Help Kids Cope With Trauma

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 -- Nearly half of all children in the United States face traumatic experiences that can radically alter the course of their lives, research shows.

But Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster are now joining the effort to help these kids.

A new program launched by Sesame Workshop aims to help youngsters cope with natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and mass shootings such as the devastating one in Las Vegas this past week.

The program is based on proven coping strategies used by social workers, therapists, doctors and teachers. The initiative includes bilingual videos, books and digital activities featuring iconic Sesame Street Muppets, such as Big Bird, The Count, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

"Children need to know -- especially during hard times -- that they are not alone. Sesame Street has always been a source of comfort to children dealing with very difficult circumstances, and given how few resources there are for young children dealing with traumatic experiences, we knew we could help," said Sherrie Westin. She is executive vice president for global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

The program also provides parents and caregivers with tools to help them empathize with children, and view disturbing events from a child's perspective.

"Considering the staggering number of children affected by traumatic experiences, including those impacted by recent natural disasters and the tragedy in Las Vegas, these comprehensive resources are more important than ever," Westin said in a news release from the nonprofit organization.


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