The Big Moving Adventure

The Big Moving Adventure mobile app is part of Sesame Street’s robust initiative for military families, which features FREE multimedia tools to help young children and their families cope with the transitions that are part of military life. Other resources in this initiative include Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, and ChangesTalk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve; the website FamiliesNearAndFar.org; and two other mobile apps: Feel Electric! and Sesame Street for Military Families.

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Sesame Street Friends Help Military Children Move

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.—Moving can be challenging, especially for preschool children. Military families move often—the average 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 and which to take along in their backpack. Children watch the muppet say goodbye to their house, military base, and classroom and playground friends. Finally, 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, in collaboration with the Defense Department, to help military families with deployments and life transitions. While developed specifically for military families with children 3 to 5 years old, it is useful for all families with young children experiencing a move.

The mobile app is available for download from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon for Kindle Fire. Users have downloaded the free app more than 130,000 times since its release in December. 

About T2

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., serves as the primary Defense Department office for cutting-edge approaches in applying technology to psychological health. T2 is a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, and aligned with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command.

T2’s mission is to lead the innovation of health technology solutions for psychological health and traumatic brain injury, and deliver tested, valued health solutions that improve the lives of our nation’s warriors, veterans, and their families.

Telehealth and Technology’s advanced health technology solutions are user-friendly, valued by our warriors, and cost-effective. The center also supports the Department of Defense’s goals of increasing access to care, establishing best practices and quality standards for health technology and telehealth, and reducing both military suicide rates and the prevalence of stigma associated with seeking behavioral health services. For more information, visit us at http://www.t2.health.mil.

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps, and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Contact:
Joe Jimenez,
(253) 318-1177
PublicAffairs@t2health.org

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Military Kids Move Too! INTRODUCING THE BIG MOVING ADVENTURE APP

The Need: The average military child moves about 6 to 9 times between kindergarten and high school. Moving can be stressful for all family members, but children are especially vulnerable to changes in routine and environment. It is normal for a move to arouse insecure feelings, new worries, and new fears in a child. Maintaining familiar routines and letting the child know what to expect can help her to feel secure, prepared, and excited about the move, as well as help her adjust to the new environment.

The App

The Big Moving Adventure is a FREE mobile app created to help children prepare for any type of move, whether it’s across the country or down the street.

With this new mobile app, young children (ages 2–5) can create a Muppet friend and help him or her through the moving process, including:

  • Hearing the news
  • Saying goodbye
  • Traveling
  • Making new friends
  • Packing
  • Expressing feelings
  • Exploring the new home

Participating in the Muppet friend’s move will help to familiarize the child with the moving process and let her know what to expect. This can ultimately help her feel more secure and comfortable with the idea of moving. During the app experience, users will be able to:

  • Customize a Muppet friend and help him/her move to a new home.
  • Decide which toys and books to pack in a box, and which special comfort items to bring along in a backpack.
  • Explore different ways to say goodbye to people, places, and things at the old home.
  • Choose how the Muppet friend could be feeling about the big move.
  • Color in a postcard from toys as they travel on the moving truck to the new house.
  • Explore the new home and unpack toys and books from the moving truck.
  • Meet new friends at the new home, including some familiar, furry faces!

Helping Children

Moving may bring about many big feelings for a young child. She may feel sad to leave her friends, but also feel excited to start a new school. All of these feelings can be overwhelming. The Big Moving Adventure mobile app provides the opportunity for a child to select how her Muppet friend is feeling about different parts of the move, and learn about things that she can look forward to in her new home. Additionally, the app models ways to say goodbye to people and places, as well as strategies for making new friends. The actual process of moving can often be stressful for a young child, so the app shows children some of the things they can expect during important steps in the process, such as packing, traveling over a distance, and getting used to a new room.

Helping Parents

A move can often be stressful for the parent, who is coordinating the move for the family as well as caring for the child while trying to maintain routines. The Parents Section of the app contains more detailed tips and suggestions to help parents who are in the process of relocating their family, as well as strategies for managing their

own stress and big feelings throughout the process. A parent is a child’s biggest role model. If the child sees that her parent is positive and optimistic, she’ll be much more likely to feel that way too.

SESAME STREET’S INITIATIVES FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

The Big Moving Adventure is part of Sesame Street’s robust initiative for military families, which features multimedia tools to help young children and their families cope with the transitions that are part of military life. Other resources in this initiative include Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, and Changes; Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieve; the website FamiliesNearAndFar.org; and two other mobile apps: Feel Electric! and Sesame Street for Military Families.

ABOUT T2

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) researches, develops, and deploys technologies for Psychological Health (PH) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to promote the resilience, recovery, and reintegration of warriors and their families.

Our mission is to lead the development of telehealth and technology solutions for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury to improve the lives of our nation’s warriors, veterans, and their families.

We strive for our nation’s warriors, veterans, and their families to have improved lives through access to and use of tested interventions to prevent, treat, and mitigate the adverse psychological health and TBI effects of war.

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The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) is a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and part of the Military Health System (MHS). T2 was established as a DoD organization at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2008 from the Army Behavioral Health Technology Office (ABHTO) at Madigan Army Medical Center. T2 has an office in the National Capitol Region for coordination with DCoE and other DoD, VA and government agencies.

The National Center for Telehealth & Technology is comprised of clinical psychologists, researchers, interactive designers, and technical specialists who develop behavioral health assessment, screening, reference, and treatment tools for the military community.

Our mission is to lead the development of telehealth and technology solutions for psychological health and traumatic brain injury to improve the lives of the Nation’s Warriors, Veterans, and their Families. T2 seeks to identify, treat, and minimize or eliminate the short and long-term adverse effects of TBI and mental health conditions associated with military service. T2 partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other organizations throughout the world.

Key Objectives:

  • Serve as the DoD resource for use of technologies in PH & TBI care
  • Deploy technological strategies to provide care in remote or underserved areas
  • Leverage innovative technologies to help reduce care-based stigma
  • Develop PH & TBI telehealth standards, processes, and review mechanisms
  • Coordinate services with other DoD, VA, and civilian partners
  • Research and validate technological applications for PH & TBI care

Equally important is T2’s work toward eradicating stigma that can deter people in the military from seeking help. T2 conducts quality research to evaluate the efficacy of its technology based products and programs. T2 is also the principal coordinator of DoD initiatives involving telehealth, online behavioral health tools, suicide surveillance and prevention, and information technology.

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about sesame workshop

Who we are

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and so much more.

Our Mission

Sesame Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential.

How we do it

Our recipe for success is combining a curriculum that addresses children’s critical developmental needs with the sophisticated use of media and a large dose of fun.

A proven impact

Our work promotes learning with real, measurable results, a fact borne out by numerous studies and sustained through our research-intensive process.

Teaching the whole child

Beyond ABCs and 123s, our programs deliver crucial lessons about health, emotional well-being, and respect and understanding to help kids grow up healthy, happy, and at home in their world.

On a global scale

It began as a simple yet revolutionary idea in the United States: to teach kids through television. 40 years later, it’s grown into a worldwide educational phenomenon, reaching millions of children in more than 150 countries.

A local approach

Our international programs are tailored to the unique needs of children, their country, and culture, created with local educators, advisors, and puppeteers. This often results in a fully local Sesame Street with its own name, language, curriculum, and Muppets.

Beyond television

Since our start on TV, we’ve become a multimedia pioneer, using everything from radio, books, and videos to the latest in interactive media and technology, efforts that are enhanced through collaborations with our colleagues at the ground-breaking research and innovation lab, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

Targeted outreach

Through on-the-ground outreach efforts, we bring our lessons directly into the homes and classrooms of particularly vulnerable communities, where they have a dramatic impact in kids’ lives.

Collaborative successes

Generous support from like-minded partners — foundations, corporations, individuals, governments, and others — has been critical to our mission for more than four decades and continues to make new projects possible.

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