Back to School with Sesame Street in Communities: Tip 2
By HRI Program Coordinator, Camila Dos Santos, M.Ed.
Tip 2: Use SSIC resources to help children deal with challenging emotions, learn coping strategies and practice open communication.
Parents can help young children deal with difficult emotions and worries about returning to school by teaching them different coping strategies, while also promoting and supporting open communication in their home.
Sesame Street in Communities (https://sesamestreetincommunities.org) provides many resources for parents to support their young children in overcoming concerns about going back to school.
Some helpful resources for parents may include:
- Help children talk through being worried and other feelings of anxiousness using this bundle of SSIC activities and resources, Feeling Worried: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health-emergencies/?activity=feeling-worried-bundle
- Teach children relaxation & anxiety-reducing techniques using A Little Help from My Furry Friends: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/comfort/?activity=little-help-furry-friends
- For children dealing with separation anxiety, this SSIC bundle of resources can be useful: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health-emergencies/?activity=feeling-separation-anxiety-bundle
- Bundle of resources on Everyday Challenges in a COVID-19 world: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/subtopics/covid-19-everyday-challenges/
- Dealing with tantrums: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/tantrums/?activity=breathe-think-2
Regardless of how your family may be feeling about returning to school, Sesame Street in Communities has a resource to help the entire family prepare!
Learn more about SSIC Guilford here: https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/community/guilford-county/