Sesame Street Toolkit Teaches Military Children Resilience
In collaboration with the Defense Department, Sesame Workshop released a book and DVD designed to cultivate resilience in young children. “Little Children, Big Challenges: Resilience” was developed with input from psychologists and child development experts, and is intended to boost children’s confidence, help them resolve conflicts appropriately, and express their feelings in positive ways. While the book and DVD are oriented toward young children, the toolkit is designed to create a learning experience that parents can share with their children. Parents may find the coping mechanisms it describes are useful to older children, as well.
The softcover book and DVD are available at no cost to military families through Military OneSource.
“Little Children, Big Challenges: Resilience” is the latest toolkit released by the Sesame Workshop’s Child Resilience Initiative; a multiyear, bilingual community engagement strategy focused on helping young children confront challenges large and small. Other products from the Initiative include toolkits for grieving families and for children whose parents are going through a divorce. These and additional resources are available through Military OneSource on the Children, Youth, and Teens Products page.
At the National Military Family Association, we foster resilience for military youth and families through our Operation Purple Program. Operation Purple offers three programs, each of which serves families in a distinct phase of military life: deployment, reintegration, and coming together after an injury. All Operation Purple programs offer a fun and relaxed environment for family members while emphasizing a curriculum that strengthens communication and builds family resilience.
Operation Purple programs are open to all military families. If you are interested in learning more about Operation Purple, please check our Association’s website for updates and consider donating to this worthy program today.
(Sources: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/FactSheet_SesameWorkshop_ChildResilience.pdf and http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121466)
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