Creating safe places in our minds can be a key coping strategy, and Big Bird is here to help.
Traumatic experiences are a big deal…but Big Bird’s got a big spirit, a big heart, and big dreams. That’s why he’s the perfect bird to teach children the important coping strategy of creating their own safe spaces. Use the Comfy-Cozy Nest video, storybook, game, and coloring page to help children learn the strategy.
Big Bird is struggling after a confusing and upsetting thing happened, and Alan notices his friend is having a hard time before Big Bird even says a word. As you watch this video together with children, notice the qualities Alan demonstrates during their conversation. As a supportive, trusted adult, he:
- is patient, comforting, and a good listener
- lets Big Bird know that he’s seen, heard, and cared for
- helps provide a safe, calm environment
- teaches strategies for self-soothing
The presence of a caring adult makes all the difference in the life of a child coping with the effects of trauma. Like Alan, you can communicate messages to children such as:
- You’re not alone. I’m here for you.
- I have some ideas about what we could do to help you feel better.
- I’m listening to you. You matter.
- What you say, feel, and think is important to me.
- Let me help you put some words to your feelings.
- Sometimes problems are too big to handle yourself. It’s smart to ask for help.
- Let’s find a way to help you do or think about things you love.
- Thank you for trusting me.
- I’m interested in you and what’s happening inside you.
- There are other adults who care for you, too.
- It’s great to share this special time together.
Read Comfy-Cozy Nest
Creating safe spaces using your imagination can be a key coping strategy.
My Safe Place
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Play Comfy-Cozy Nest
By helping Big Bird practice an important coping strategy, kids can explore and rehearse it themselves.
Color Big Bird’s Nest
The smallest, simplest things—like coloring together—provide the best opportunities for quiet bonding, conversation, relaxation, collaboration, and praise.