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‘Sesame Street’ launches new initiative to help explain parental addiction to kids

Parents and kids who are fans of “Sesame Street” will now see a new storyline for one the show’s muppets: one of parental addiction.

Videos launched Wednesday feature the muppet Karli, whose mother is struggling with addiction, and show how she copes with the situation with support from Elmo and other friends.

In all, this new initiative from the nonprofit and educational arm of the show — known as Sesame Workshop — includes seven new videos, a storybook, a coloring activity, and articles that parents, educators, and health care providers can use to talk to children about addiction and help answer common questions that kids tend to have, including what addiction is and how adults get treated. All resources will be available in both English and Spanish.

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