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Pilot scheme offers 'training' to parents

Parents in the Isle of Man are going to be given 'training' to help them avoid potential problems with their children.

The course is being run by the Department of Education and Children and will be available, free of charge, at six schools around the Island.

It's based on what's known as the 'Sollihull Approach', which was devised by health professionals in the West Midlands working with children who had difficulties with feeding, sleeping and behaviour.

The techniques are already taught by health visitors on the Island but this will the first time they have been taken into schools.

School improvement adviser Dave Colley says the course is for any parent, not just those whose children have specific needs:

The courses will be held in September, and will be available to parents who have children at the six schools involved.

The department says more could be arranged if the pilot scheme goes well.

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