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In this module, students will consider how to discuss the difficult topic of death and dying with children. Using clips from Sesame Street and other children’s media, students will consider children’s cognitive capacity related to their ability to understand the concept of death. They will also learn about the role of parents in using children’s media as a teaching tool.

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Early Childhood Education



Death & dying can be a challenging topic for students. I usually give them warning the week before that we’ll be talking about death in the following class, and encourage them to utilize (within reason) whatever self-care strategies they need to tackle this topic objectively and safely. I also make it very clear that sharing personal experiences is welcome, but completely optional. This is also a great place to plug your university’s counseling services center or other such resources.

Potential classes:

  • Lifespan development
  • Child/adolescent development
  • Loss & grief
  • Social work
  • Counseling

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Death & Dying



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