It can be tough out there for children nowadays. Many of them need to deal with day-to-day anxieties or even bigger tragedies that are affecting not only their families, but also the world around them. So leave it to Sesame Street to offer some support, especially considering how the long-running childhood series speaks to kids like few others can.
A new initiative launched by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that created Sesame Street, is offering a series of videos and other tools for kids — as well as their parents, caregivers and teachers — who need assistance and guidance on how to cope with unfortunate events. The new Sesame Street-themed resources aim to teach young kids ways to deal with anger, learn about self-care and express their feelings.
“Children are remarkably resilient, and the effects of traumatic experiences can be lessened if they receive comfort and support,” reads a recent press release from Sesame Workshop and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Grounded in the latest research and created in consultation with childhood development experts, the initiative features proven strategies used by social workers, therapists, health care providers, and educators, which — combined with the consistent presence of caring adults — are proven to mitigate the impact of traumatic experiences on young children.”
From environmental disasters to mass shootings, Sesame Street wants to help families deal with these difficult issues and cope with the stress that comes with it all.
Kids can watch Rosita and her mom, Rosa, preparing for emergencies or natural disasters…
… Elmo finding a safe place where he can get some peace and quiet…
… or Big Bird struggling to deal with so many feelings.
Hey, when all else fails, you can always give yourself a hug. That gesture’s far more powerful than it seems.
You can also access meditation workshops and colouring printouts to help sooth traumatized children.
There are many ways for kids to deal with trauma, and Sesame Street‘s videos are easily accessible and delivered in a way that kids totally get, by characters we all know and love.
The Traumatic Experiences toolkit is available on the Sesame Street in Communities website and is useful to all of us, not just kids. Because although us grownups might have the best of intentions, it can be easy to find ourselves at a loss when it comes to helping kids cope with something awful. And, sometimes, all we need is to take a minute and just breathe.