Sesame Street Introduces A Puppet Whose Mom Is An Opioid Addict

Sesame Street helps younger viewers realize that they aren’t responsible for the problems adults have. Karli is here to make everything clear.

The green puppet was first presented in April as a character who lives in foster care. Karli shares her story and her life in the new home. How did she end up here?

The character’s mother is addicted to opioids. Muppet Elmo is also here, and so is Salia Woodbury, a young girl whose parents recover in real life.

The fictional character told Salia that her mom had hard time getting out of her addiction, and she really felt as she was the only person going through such a terrible story. Unfortunately, there are other people sharing the same destiny.

Karli is really happy to have a new friend, and Salia feels the same about their friendship. The puppet and Salia shared a hug, and it was an emotional moment for everybody.

People at Sesame Workshop explain that their stories reflect real-life problems, helping children to understand this world. The non-profit organization started off the project to tell kids that they aren’t alone, and that someone will take care of them eventually.

Addiction is a serious problem, but children have nothing to do with it.

You can check out the bilingual resources at Sesame, and children finally got a chance to see things clearly.

Karli is actually the same puppet that had the role of Karina the Ballerina.

Viewers can hear the character’s story before she became part of a foster family. The six-and-a-half-year-old admitted that her mom had addiction, adding that it’s a grown-up problem.

In another chat, we can see how play helps children talk about their problems. Karlie and Elmo are accompanied by an elephant toy that trips over building blocks. Karli said it’s her fault, and Elmo told them that everything was fine.

The clip is titled It’s Not Your Fault, and Karli talks about her mom and how she said that little monsters can’t control or solve problems that aren’t her fault.

Her mom reassured her that it wasn’t her problem, and yes, it’s a grown-up problem.

The project is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources. Creators explain that addiction became a topic of their videos because 5.7 million children under 11 live in families with a parent who uses substances.

Homelessness and traumatic experiences have become a topic, because children need help to understand this world and all the problems their problem have. They decided to help young kids see things from their perspective, as Kama Einhorn explains. She is a senior content manager with Sesame Workshop.

The online pieces featuring Karli and Woodbury are augmented with those that feature Elmo’s dad, Louie, telling everybody that addiction is a sickness. Karli tells Elmo and Chris about the meetings her mom attends.

Karli and Salia hold pictures of flowers, and each petal represents anger, sadness and happiness. There is also advice on how to feel better.

Creators pick the vocabulary wisely. They use “addiction” instead of “substance abuse,” and “recovery” instead of “sobriety.” Some kids need to hear things clearly without wondering about the words puppets use.

Karli talked about her family in another piece featuring Abby Cadabby.

Viewers can get free online resources in English and Spanish, and there are videos, storybooks, games and digital interactives.

Children’s therapist Jerry Moe, the national director of the Hazelden Betty Ford Children’s Program, helped in the process, and he said it felt really good. There are a lot of children who need help, and Karli is here to tell them that it wasn’t their fault.

Sesame Street first aired in 1969, and they discuss problems in children’s language. There were puppets with HIV, jailed parents, autism, homelessness, women’s rights, and looks.

Salia’s parents, Sam and Jaana, are raising four girls in Orange County, California, and they are really thrilled to see that someone decided to talk about the real problem.

Jaana felt really alone and isolated through her addiction, and she lost her connection to the outside world. She think it’s amazing that ‘Sesame Street’ is using their platform to share resources to help other women and fathers.



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