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Breath, Think, Do with Sesame in an interactive app that helps build resilience in young children by teaching skills such as problem solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence. Children help a Sesame Street monster friend calm down and solve everyday challenges using the “Breathe, Think, Do” strategy. Children can tap and touch to help the monster friend take deep breaths, think of plans, and try them out. There is also a parent section with tips and resources for navigating a variety of issues, e.g. overcoming mistakes, perseverance, managing sibling rivalry.
What we think
This app is research based and forms part of the Little Children Big Challenges initiative, which aims to introduce the skills and strategies young children need to build resilience and persevere through everyday challenges. The skills taught have a strong evidence base, e.g. deep breathing.
The app is easy to use and navigate. It uses lots of pictures and voice overs so reading is not required. There is also a parent section which has further information about the app and how to use it.
Yes, the app can be used in a variety of different contexts and targets a range of everyday skills, e.g. problem-solving, self-control, planning, and task persistence. There is also a parent section which provides tips and strategies for a variety of different issues, e.g. overcoming mistakes, practicing patience, encouraging independence.
The app uses positive praise and reinforcement to encourage children throughout the activities. The app is also very interactive and uses lots of pictures and animated clips which is likely to be motivating for young children.
The child must be able to manipulate a touch screen by pressing on buttons. Younger children may require support to wait and listen to questions and options before responding, to review key concepts, and to provide explanations and feedback.
You can record your own voice and personalize the positive thinking phrases that the monster uses when thinking of a plan.
Yes, the app teaches children simple strategies to regulate their emotions (e.g. belly breathing) and problem solve difficult situations.
A greater range of scenarios to extend learning and the ability to personalize these scenarios to suit individual needs.
I liked the interactive nature of the app and the fact that it uses simple, easy to understand Language to help children build resilience skills. There is also a very comprehensive parent section that provides tips and strategies covering a range of different issues.