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26 Hudson Valley Parent n December 2016 label their feelings, which usually begins between ages 3 and 4. Feelings also come with what Tra- pani-Barber calls "emotional expres- sions" which include being angry, frustrated, or sad. By using these terms in a sentence, like, "I would be sad, too, if I missed my friend," the child learns how to express and understand their own feelings, she adds. Lessons from school Some schools work the idea of empathy into their day-to-day activ- ities. "Throughout the course of the day, teachers encourage children to build and maintain friendships by talking with each other, working and playing together, and by resolving conflicts by listening to all sides, and finding solutions that benefit all," says Millbrook Early Childhood Education Center co-director Allison Pitcairn. Activities focus on understanding another's point of view and experi- ence because it might be different from our own. One particular skill that can help identify feelings is working with the kids to "read" faces, tone and body language by "Empathy is something that continu- ally develops and strength- ens through- out the lifespan." STACEY TRAPANIBARBER Behavior Analyst EMPATHY CONNECTION (Continued from Page 25) Visit us at 845-895-2051 Visit us at 845-895-2051 Locations in: Locations in: Wallkill - Milton - Highland Falls - Maybrook Wallkill - Milton - Highland Falls - Maybrook Community First. With the perfect blend of ageless values and modern technology we provide everything you've been looking for in a bank. NMLS# 404992 It's a Wonderful Bank Wallkill Valley Federal Savings & Loan... EDQNLQJWKDWSXWVFRPPXQLW\¿UVW Let us be your advisor, educator, partner & friend.

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