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.”
Today we listen back to a conversation recorded last spring with Sonia Manzano; Desiree Bansile, a wraparound partner manager for Youth ERA; Dr. Kristan Collins, a pediatrician; and Bob Stewart, superintendent of the Gladstone School District.