Elmo’s in Our Neighborhood: Using Sesame Street in Communities to support child social and emotional development in your professional practice

Amy Shriver, MD, is a general pediatrician at Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Specialty Medicine at Des Moines University.  She is the Medical Director of the statewide nonprofit Reach Out and Read Iowa, which partners with pediatric primary care providers to give books and shared reading guidance to children and families at health maintenance visits. Dr. Shriver is the Vice President of the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the AAP’s national Council on Early Childhood. She heads the chapter’s mental health committee and is the Iowa Chapter CATCH grant facilitator. Dr. Shriver collaborates across the state with organizations such as Iowa ACES 360, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, and IAEYC to promote relational health and mitigate the effects of stress on children and families. She is most excited about her role as an Abby’s Ambassador, working with the Iowa Alliance for Healthy Kids to educate stakeholders on how to use the fuzzy, friendly resources on Sesame Street in Communities for providers, parents, and children.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of relational health, responsive parenting, and positive childhood experiences to child health
  2. Navigate the sesamestreetincommunities.org website to find age-appropriate resources on multiple topics concerning child social and emotional development
  3. Identify 2 or 3 specific resources on SSIC.org that you can use in your practice to support your patients and families
  4. Identify other potential opportunities for partnerships or innovations in your practice to support child social and emotional health