Hudson Valley Parent

HVP September 2015

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14 Hudson Valley Parent ■ September 2015 art and leadership by putting on a play or musical. Stang. You're looking for more than a babysitter. Staff members should be professionals with bona fide skills and experience. Programs with strong community connections usually have the best resources, Hill says. Kids may get to work with artists, scientists, and athletes from local organizations, like museums and colleges. These opportunities expose kids to real-life role models. Movement. After-school sports show kids the value of practice and encourage persistence. But the bene- fits of exercise are even bigger. John Ratey, M.D., Associate Clinical Pro- fessor of Psychiatry at Harvard Med- ical School and author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", prescribes exercise for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (and AFTER-SCHOOL LEARNING & FUN! (Continued from Page 13)

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