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Kids and Kin announces additional programming

As the month of October kicks into full swing, so do the new Kids and Kin program classes.

The Kids and Kin program is hosted through the Family Guidance Center of Alabama and is under the leadership of Alisha Albright. She said she is excited to introduce these new topics to the relative caregivers who attend the classes.

“The focus of these classes is more about knowing what to expect at each age level and how to handle situations that arise,” Albright said.

The first meeting will be Oct. 12, and the topic will be Using Visual Strategies to Enhance Language and Learning. Albright said that the speaker will be Dee McNally from UCP of Huntsville, who will be speaking on how important visual representation is when a child is learning how to speak and read.

Oct. 24 the class is titled Teething and Tooth Care, and the speaker will be Christina Sherer, a nurse practitioner with UAB.

“She will be talking about the signs of teething and how to get through that and about proactive dental and gum care for children,” Albright explained.

Albright will be speaking at the Nov. 2 class titled Tips for Talking with Children After Traumatic Events from Pre-school to Adolescence.

“You have to learn to talk with them at different levels because different age groups respond differently,” she said.

Nov. 30, Albright will be speaking about Anxiety, Fears and Phobias. She said it is important to learn how to handle a child’s fears and where to get help if those fears escalate.

Albright said she is particularly excited about the Dec. 7 class because the FGC has partnered with the UNA Collaborative Teaching Program to discuss Knowing Milestones, Spotting Delays. Dr. Trudy Abel will be speaking on the different milestones throughout childhood and how to get and keep a child on track, Albright said.

“I’m hopeful for more collaboration in the future. I love when the community works together and I get to have experts come in and talk,” she said.

The program will round out the year Dec. 14 with Pulleys, Levels and Wheels, Oh My! Albright said the goal of this class is to show the caregivers how to keep children learning and being interactive, especially over the winter break.

All classes will be at 5 p.m. in the Franklin County Baptist Association Building in Russellville.

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