United States Department of Defense, National Center for Telehealth and Technology - Military Families Near and Far

United States Department of Defense, National Center for Telehealth & Technology


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General Information
Description of ServiceMilitary Families Near and Far is an initiative funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and developed by the Sesame Workshop to provide military parents and their young children with multimedia educational resources to cope with the transitions of military life.

The website offers the highly successful Talk, Listen, Connect portfolio of video skits with Muppet characters Elmo and Rosita portraying military children dealing with a variety of situations including having a parent deployed, homecomings where a parent has been injured, or the case of the death of a parent. The website also provides creative tools to improve parent-child communication by promoting self-expression of military children and through connecting the children with their deployed parent on a family-based social network.

A family of mobile applications bring the resources and tools of Military Families Near and Far to the mobile environment. The Big Moving Adventure mobile app is an interactive story that emotionally prepares preschoolers for the common occurrence of military moves. The award-winning Feel Electric! mobile app teaches military children, through educational games, to identify feelings so they can more easily express their feelings related to the challenges of deployment. The Sesame Street for Military Families mobile application consolidates the Talk, Listen, Connect multimedia content for access by smartphones and tablets.

Each of these DoD-funded resources were developed with the professional and educational knowledge of psychologists, child development, military life and technology experts. The Talk, Listen, Connect multimedia content has been shown to increase the confidence of young military parents and the well-being of their children through improved communication around the difficult topics related to deployments.
Geographical AreaUnited States - includes all Pennsylvania counties: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
 
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
GenderEither
EligibilityChildren of deployed service persons.
 
Contact Information
 
Physical Site Address 1 9933C West Hayes Street
Physical Site Address 2 Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Physical Site City, State, Zip Fort Lewis, WA 98431
Main Phone 253-968-1914
Fax 253-968-4192
Service Location Email MilitaryFamilies@sesame.org
Web Address www.familiesnearandfar.org/resources
 
 
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: United States Department of Defense
Affiliated Program: United States Department of Defense, National Center for Telehealth & Technology
This Service: United States Department of Defense, National Center for Telehealth and Technology - Military Families Near and Far
 
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Families of Active Military Personnel (YJ-2050.2030)
Mental Health Issues (YZ-5000)
Therapeutic Self Help Materials (RF-8500)