Good Housekeeping: Half of kids are traumatized; Sesame Street wants to help

Oct 11, 2017, Good Housekeeping: "Sesame Street" Just Launched a Series of Videos to Help Kids Cope With Trauma …Last Friday, the "Sesame Street in Communities" initiative by Sesame Workshop, released kid-friendly shorts that teach kids how to find their "safe space" and deal with trauma. It's part of a larger initiative to "help children and adults in their lives reach their highest potential," and includes videos about how to handle emergencies, cope with grief and understand feelings. As the Traumatic Experiences clip explains, kids "can have big feelings that can seem overwhelming at times, but children need to know they're not alone …You can lend an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on or even offer words of hope. There's always something you can do to make a difference in the life of a child."… It's reported that nearly half of all children in the U.S. go through stressful or traumatic events called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These include but are not limited to physical or emotional abuse, natural disasters and poverty, and the CDC reports ACEs are linked to "risky health behaviors and chronic health conditions." It's important to cover a wide range of topics in the hopes that the aftermath of such events does not leave lasting effects. And it seems like Sesame Street thought of everything: videos about dealing with divorce and incarceration, staying healthy and eating well and even explaining what autism is.