Friends At Sesame Street Help Children Of Military Families Move

Dated: 04/04/2014

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Moving can be challenging, especially for small children.  Military families move often - the average military child moves six to nine times between kindergarten and high school.  The Big Moving Adventure mobile application, developed for the Department of Defense in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, lets kids create a muppet friend to help through the moving process.
"Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye to people and things," said Dr. Kelly Blasko, psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology. "The muppet characters in this app help make the move a fun experience."
Children can use the app to help their muppet friend make decisions on a variety of move-related issues like which toys to pack in a box or to take along in their backpack.  Children watch the muppet say goodbye to their house, military base, and classroom and playground friends.  Then, at the new house, children help their muppet unpack, settle into the home, and make new friends.
"Sesame Workshop has always been at the forefront of creating resources for families with young children to help address some of life's most difficult issues," said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president for Community and Family Engagement at Sesame Workshop.  "The Big Moving Adventure is part of Sesame Workshop's contribution to military families who face the challenge of helping a child cope with this major transition and help our kids reach their highest potential."
Military parents face unique challenges during a move, and the app helps their young children through the experience.  A separate parents section contains additional move-related topics and tips.
The Big Moving Adventure mobile app is the newest addition to a portfolio of multi-media resources developed by Sesame Workshop for military families. 
The mobile app is available for download from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon for Kindle Fire. 

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