New Sesame Street content for military families helps to build resilience skills and navigate discovering new routines
(New York, NY, September 20, 2022) While navigating and making the most of change and uncertainty is an integral part of military life, the past two years have especially taught families how to alter their routines based on what that we learn about the COVID -19 pandemic. As a result, opportunities to build resilience and practice new skills together in our daily lives have been created. Today, Sesame Street for Military Families launches new digital resources called “Learning and Growing Together”.
sesame street‘s Elmo and Rosita model the feelings and experiences children may encounter in videos, printable activities, and articles that cover four main areas: flexible thinking, a “we can do it!” attitude, learning at home and on the go, and learning together and separately.
New videos on the site show how riding the waves of unexpected change helps us learn flexibility and foster a love of learning.
In “Bounce Back”, the sesame street friends sing a song to remind kids that they can “bounce back” when things change, helpful for all kids, especially military kids and families who can often go through frequent transitions. Another video focuses on separation anxiety, a common “big feeling” for children who can struggle when a parent leaves home. In “Louie Returns to Work”, Elmo’s father begins to leave his house to return to work, and Elmo feels anxious. Elmo and his dad talk about some of the changes to their daily routine. Together they find a creative way to cope and make new routines something to look forward to. Printable activities serve as starting points for family conversations. Articles for parents and caregivers suggest things to practice together and language to help explain that resilience means having ways to go through change to become even stronger, not in our bodies, but in our minds and souls. heart.
“It’s hard to get used to the change in routine, even when some are necessary transitions typical of military life,” said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of US social impact for Sesame Workshop. “Our goal is to provide children and their caregivers with a sense of stability and encouragement with resources focused on social-emotional resilience as they navigate discovering new routines.”
“In speaking with military parents, we learned that the pandemic has created a ‘new normal’ of constant change which is an added stressor on top of coping with the demands of military life,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko , Counseling Psychologist, Defense Health Agency. . “These materials are designed to build their resilience capabilities to deal with this ongoing change and uncertainty.”
New “Learning and Growing Together” materials join a full suite of resources to uplift and support military families during deployments, returns home, long-term family care, healthcare transitions, and more. Moreover. The resources are free for families and providers and available in English and Spanish at sesamestreetformilitaryfamilys.org.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help children around the world to become smarter, stronger and kinder. . We are present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and to the cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org.
About the Defense Health Agency
The Defense Health Agency is a joint, integrated combat support agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services to provide a medically ready force and medically ready force to combatant commands in times of peace and in times of war. DHA uses the principles of Ready Reliable Care to advance high reliability practices throughout the military healthcare system by improving the functioning of our system, providing innovative solutions, and cultivating a culture of safety.