‘In­cred­i­ble’ help for young­sters

The Oban Times - - News -

PAR­ENTS of ‘dif­fi­cult’ preschool chil­dren in Lochaber have been in­vited to a sup­port pro­gramme by High­land coun­cil and NHS High­land.

The ‘in­cred­i­ble years’ pro­ject aims to help par­ents of young­sters aged be­tween three and five who are more de­mand­ing than oth­ers, with the sup­port of trained staff.

Top­ics in the pro­gramme, to be held in Fort Wil­liam from Septem­ber, in­clude set­ting lim­its, re­duc­ing con­flict and im­prov­ing so­cial skills.

Alan Richards, High­land psy­chol­ogy of par­ent­ing pro­ject co- or­di­na­tor, said: ‘ For the par­ents who qual­ify this is im­por­tant be­cause they will re­ceive sup­port to at­tend, for ex­am­ple with child care, and there is a proven ben­e­fit aris­ing out of get­ting in­volved with these groups when chil­dren are young and be­fore they start school. Reach­ing the par­ents of three to five year- old chil­dren is im­por­tant be­cause it is at this young age when chil­dren can be sup­ported ef­fec­tively to grow and be suc­cess­ful.’

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the health team on 01397 709859 or Mr Richards on 01463 711176.

Ex­pert’s talk at Gaelic Col­lege

A LAN­GUAGE ex­pert will be giv­ing a talk at Skye’s Gaelic Col­lege to­day (Thurs­day). Dr Thomas Bak, who spe­cialises in the ef­fect of bilin­gual­ism on the brain, will be at Sab­hal Mòr Os­taig (SMO) from 1pm.

He will also speak on the im­pact bilin­gual­ism has on Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

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