Stomach aches at school signal issues

How do stomach aches before and at school signal educational issues in children? Internationally recognized author and consultant Jane M. Healy, PhD identifies a key indicator of learning difficulties or disabilities in young school aged children.
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Stomach aches at school signal issues

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There are a lot of signs to show us that children need some help. One of the first ones is, many parents come to me and say, "My kid is getting stomach aches every morning before school. All of a sudden, he doesn't want to go to school." This invariably is a sign that there is a problem with something in the learning apparatus. You want to be sure that this is not a social problem. That he is being bullied or picked on. If we rule that out -- and in First Grade, it is usually a reading problem. This is a danger signal and needs to be followed up on. The first thing, as with any kind of an issue, is to go in and talk to the teacher. The second would be to request a professional evaluation if you think one is needed. There are many signs that one can look for to see if there are other symptoms that show us if this child is doing to be dyslexic or need some kind of special help.

How do stomach aches before and at school signal educational issues in children? Internationally recognized author and consultant Jane M. Healy, PhD identifies a key indicator of learning difficulties or disabilities in young school aged children.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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