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“The Making of Feel Your Best Self: Development and Scriptwriting” Online Forum

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4.22 BTS FYBS puppet on screen

In this forum, Feel Your Best Self creators Sandy Chafouleas and Emily Wicks and script writers Yanniv Frank, Emily Iovino, and Sarah Nolen talk about the development of this unique interdisciplinary collaboration between UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health and Ballard Institute to use puppetry to promote emotional well-being in elementary-aged children. The team discusses the challenges and methods used to take wellness strategies, such as “belly breathing” and “shake out the yuck” and turn them into simple, yet engaging stories starring three puppet friends, Nico, Mena, and CJ.

Feel Your Best Self is designed for elementary-aged kids as an educational toolkit for learning strategies to calm yourself, catch your feelings, and connect with others. The FYBS strategies offer fun and easy ways to help kids (and grown-ups) experience lifts in emotions, feeling, or mood. The toolkit, which features short videos, facilitator steps, reflection journals, strategy cards, and tip sheets, is free and accessible on the website.

This forum will take place on Zoom (registration required) and Facebook Live and will be available afterwards on the Ballard Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry Facebook Live / Zoom