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Military kids website helps parents, educators

National Center for Telehealth and Technology

Published: 11:34AM January 24th, 2013

The Department of Defense website for military children added new features to help parents and educators explain difficult topics of the military lifestyle to children.

Since its launch last January, MilitaryKidsConnect.org has served more than 125,000 visitors and won five industry awards. To mark the one-year anniversary, the website added new content for children, parents and educators including:

• Military culture videos and lesson plans for teachers, counselors and educators to address differences between military and civilian youth.

• Graphic novels and mini-documentaries by military kids sharing their experiences.

• Modules for children and parents on handling grief, loss and injury.

MilitaryKidsConnect.org was created by the DOD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, using innovative ways to help military youth cope with the unique strains of military life. Military children are affected by deploying parents and readjusting when they return, moving frequently, changing schools and making new friends and may deal with post-traumatic stress and physical disabilities.

“After watching kids on MilitaryKidsConnect, we saw (them) trying to understand the issues they live with,” said Dr. Kelly Blasko, T2 psychologist. “We developed the added features to ... answer the questions the kids were sharing with each other.”

Blasko said the website is adding features for children about the challenges of military families. Separations, moving and changing friends frequently may be unusual for civilian children, but is a normal lifestyle for military children. The website attempts to make that world more fun for them.

T2 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the cutting-edge DOD office in applying technology to psychological health. Information about MilitaryKidsConnect.org and T2 is available at http://www.t2health.org.