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Sesame Street launches series of videos to help kids cope with trauma



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Sesame Street has been a childhood mainstay for more than four decades for good reason — they speak to kids like no one else can.  A new initiative launched by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit arm of the TV show, aims to help kids cope with natural disasters like Hurricanes and mass shootings.

 

According to Health Day News, 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 Big Bird, The Count, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

 

“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, 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.

 

For more information, visit sesamestreetincommunities.org/.

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