Hudson Valley Parent

HVP August 2016

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Page 20 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 21 mom or dad around the house; have difficulty going to sleep; have night- mares or exaggerated, unrealistic fears of animals, monster, burglars; fear being alone in the dark or even have severe tantrums when forced to go to school. Keep watch "There are a lot of reasons chil- dren do not want to go to school, in- cluding bullying, learning problems, attention deficit, social anxiety, boredom and poor performance," says Scott Schutzman, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Poughkeepsie. If your child is displaying physical symptoms, such as stomachaches, headaches, nausea, dizziness, chest pain and joint pain, it's important to first talk to a pediatrician to rule out any potential illnesses. Dreyer suggests that parents keep a log or journal of the time of day, day of the week, and any symp- toms that the child is complaining of when they do not want to go to school. "Notice if your child is depressed, anxious or exhibiting some other type of unusual behavior," says Ellen Smith, a licensed clinical social worker in Poughkeepsie. " from a mental health professional before forcing a child who is kicking and screaming...go to school. Schutzman says, however, that communication with your child is vitally important when it comes to getting your child to school. The communication factor "It is up to parents to be involved from a very early age," Schutzman adds. "It is safe to say that by the time a child gets to a point where they do not want to go to school, that there has already been some breakdown in communication. Sometimes it comes 'out of the blue' one day, but not often." Parents should talk to their chil- dren regularly about what is on their (Continued on Page 22) The Brookside School in Cottekill is currently enrolling preschool students for the 2016-17 school year. • An integrated preschool program for all 3 and 4 year olds promoting social, emotional, intellectual and physical development • Half day, full day or extended day options • Rondout Valley Central School District Universal Pre-K site • Highly trained professional and committed sta… • Registered nurse on sta… • Excellent sta… to student ratios • Centrally located in Ulster County • Approved by the New York State Education Department We believe that all children are unique and learn in their own way. It is our responsibility to create an environment where their uniqueness is accepted and celebrated. Call: 845-687-7250 Email: For more information please contact: The Brookside School PO Box 67 11 Tanhouse Brook Road Cottekill, NY 12419 Visit us on Facebook: brooksideschool.cottekill

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