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Sesame Street in Communities

Partner Spotlight: ACEAF and The UPPs

April 2, 2019

Among the many things the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Awareness Foundation and SSIC share in common, perhaps the most complementary is that all work be steeped in rigorous research. In Greater Memphis, the ACE Awareness Foundation informs the community about the role of emotional trauma in mental, physical, and behavioral health, and implements innovative models that provide preventable and sustainable solutions to reducing toxic stress in family systems. The ACE Awareness Foundation’s several Universal Parenting Places (UPP) utilize the latest findings from neurobiology and family therapy to provide state-of-the-art solutions to common concerns affecting children’s emotional and behavioral health.

The SSIC trauma resources seem like a most natural fit for a group named the ACE Awareness Foundation. By digging deeper into the SSIC library, other lesser obvious tools are becoming fast favorites. For example, one UPP utilizes the SSIC Moving Our Bodies printables during its “Get Your Heart Pumping” events. Caregivers engage with their children in a healthy game of pickleball. The event is fun way for parents to identify opportunities to keep their families moving as well as keeping their own bodies healthy too–all with the help of the Sesame Street friends. Another UPP hosts bi-monthly “Coffee and Conversations” where the Learning Through Play resources are used to spark conversations amongst parents on how to buffer their children from stress.

This UPP model is tailor-made to the community, and the SSIC resources are among the many ways the ACE Awareness Foundations is making deeper connections throughout Greater Memphis.