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Elmo in the Army? Sesame Street website reaches out to military families

Sesame Street character Cookie Monster waves to children at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, Aug. 9, 2014, during the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families. The puppet troupe will now be featured on a website designed to help preschoolers adjust to life in military families.<br>Lauren Kurkimilis/U.S. Marine Corps
Sesame Street character Cookie Monster waves to children at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base, Aug. 9, 2014, during the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families. The puppet troupe will now be featured on a website designed to help preschoolers adjust to life in military families.

Don’t be surprised if you hear the Sesame Street puppets break into a chorus of, “You’re in the Army now, Mr. Elmo!”

Sesame Workshop and the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology announced Friday the launch of a website designed for military families that features many of show’s familiar characters. The site is mobile friendly and can be easily accessed from cell phones and tablets.

The Sesame Street for Military Families website is intended to help preschool military children cope with the challenges of military life, such the deployment or injury of a parent and moving to a new home and school.

The website includes resources, ideas and creative tools to improve parent-child communication.

“There are day-to-day challenges related to transitions common to military life,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, a psychologist and program lead at the telehealth center, in a news release. “Busy military parents can use their smartphones during those small pockets of free time to access resources and expert advice to help them feel more confident about having conversations with their children.”
 

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