Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Good Free App of the Day: Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame

Sesame Street appeals to children and parents on various levels. Kids love the stories, the characters, and the fun they have watching and now playing their apps. Parents love the educational content. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame goes beyond ABC's and counting, and focuses on learning life skills.  Getting overwhelmed and learning how to cope with feelings is difficult for most kids. For kids on the Autism Spectrum or various other special needs, once emotions start to spiral, it is hard to regain focus. Through practicing with a new monster friend, children learn ways to go from anxious and frustrated to calm and relaxed. This FREE app is available in both English and Spanish.

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Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame by Sesame Street helps teach a simple, step by step process to help children calm down and work out a plan. Five different scenes depict common events, which could upset a child. From missing mom when they go to school to getting frustrated with toy blocks not doing what he wants, I know both of my kids can relate to how the little monster feels.

In each of the five scenes, the monster is having a hard time dealing with something. The monster needs help taking three deep breaths, thinking up ideas on how to fix the problem, then finally kids can watch fun animations of the monster as he follows through with the idea selected. Children are exposed to useful vocabulary of different emotions such as impatient, frustrated and anxious throughout each mini story.

Parents should check out the parental section for great tips for coping with separation, managing sibling rivalry, adjusting to a move and more. Also in the parental section is the option to personalize the app with a familiar voice saying the prompts, the ability to turn off the music and sound effects, and the option to switch the language between English and Spanish.

Kids will not only love the stories and getting to help their monster friend become happy; they will reinforce the important life skills dealing with their emotions. With this app being FREE, there is no need to take deep breaths or come up with a plan before purchasing, go ahead and do the download!

From iTunes:

Laugh and learn as you help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges. This bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based app helps your child learn Sesame’s “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy for problem-solving. Tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out! Your child will enjoy silly animations and playful interactions as she is exposed to important emotional vocabulary, a calm breathing technique, personalized encouragements, and more!

Features:
• Explore five interactive activities with a unique, everyday challenge
• Tap, pop bubbles, and more to help the monster breathe, think, and do to solve problems and feel better
• Personalize encouraging phrases that your child will hear as they help the monster think of a plan
• ”Breathe with the Monster” activity to help children practice taking deep breaths to calm down 
• Robust Parent Section with great resources for navigating everyday challenges with your young child

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame is intended for parents and caregivers to use with their young children (ages 2-5).

This app is part of Sesame Street’s Little Children, Big Challenges initiative, which aims to provide tools to help children build skills for resilience, and overcome everyday challenges and more stressful situations and transitions. You can access other Sesame Street resilience materials online at sesamestreet.org/challenges

About Us:
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s media with the landmark Sesame Street. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org

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Rachel H wishes she could teach her dog to take 3 deep breaths and calm down whenever the doorbell rings.

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