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HVP March 2020

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4 Hudson Valley Parent n March 2020 HVP: What makes Charlie such an incredible kid? Aaron-Noel: He is a loving, kind little boy who will walk up to you and say: "Hi my name is Charlie. Would you like to play?" HVP: How does Charlie engage with his environment? Aaron-Noel: Charlie has a sensory processing disorder with his autism. Usually that appears as avoidance; a materials-aversion. But he's a sensory seeker. He's always coming up and hugging people. HVP: What interests Charlie? Aaron-Noel: He loves anything Dis- ney. He's a Disney fanatic. We've been to Disney Land many, many times. It's like a second home. They accommo- date autistic children. Chuck and Aaron-Noel Treppeda of Poughquag enjoy family time with their kids, Samantha, 13, and Charlie, 11. In this issue FEATURES 7 Women who have made a difference Children's books look at the contibutions of remarkable women BY HVP STAFF 8 I am a Hudson Valley Parent Jen Dunn makes the most of work and family BY PAUL SMART 10 Me Time: Just for Women A look at vericose veins, wellness retreats, mindfulness, and yoga 14 Class winners School programs benefit kids with special needs BY ROXANNE FERBER 18 Eating out with your family Useful tactics keep your kids content at restaurants BY ERICA HIGGS 21 Minimize the stress of separation Tips that help ease the impact of divorce on your kids BY MARTIN BUTCHER, ESQ. 22 Spring treats and family meals How moms cook with and for their kids BY ELORA TOCCI 24 Stand up to bullies The problem of bullying and what to do about it BY JAMES MCGUIRK, PH.D. 26 Calendar Family fun with maple sugar tours, St. Patrick's Day parades and more. 34 Boss Lady Kim Hoover talks about running her woman-owned business, Hoover Architecture, and motherhood Sponsored by: INCREDIBLE PARENTS RAISE

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