Bob Stewart, Kristan Collins, Desiree Bansile, Sonia Manzano, and Dave Miller talk about how to have difficult conversations with children at Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Bob Stewart, Kristan Collins, Desiree Bansile, Sonia Manzano, and Dave Miller talk about how to have difficult conversations with children at Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Courtesy of Children’s Center

How do you talk to kids about sex? Or drug use? Or bullying? What makes children feel comfortable enough with adults that they are willing to disclose abuse or trauma? Having conversations with young people about difficult topics can feel daunting to any adult. But talking about trauma is an important part of healing. Sonia Manzano spent years talking to kids as she played the role of Maria on “Sesame Street.”

We are also joined by Desiree Bansile, a wraparound partner manager for Youth ERA; Dr. Kristan Collins, a pediatrician; and Bob Stewart, superintendent of the Gladstone School District.

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