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Raising Bilingual Children Albuquerque NM

When I was growing up, the only way to raise a true world denizen was at an exorbitantly priced Swiss boarding school. Luckily, such elitism has been thrown out the window, and now parents raise bilingual and multicultural children themselves. The children grow up just as world-savvy and sophisticated -- and actually know their own parents! Still for the do-it-yourselfer, a few tips can smooth the way. Read on for more.

Vonda O Long
(505) 681-0981
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Counselor Education, Aging/Gerontological, Couples & Family, Sports Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
swedish

Jesse Schulte
(505) 363-6189
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tamara Auger, MA, LPCC, CMT, NBCC, BCPC
(505) 255-5052
1400 Carlisle NE,Suite D
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Gay Lesbian Issues,Life Coaching,Parenting,Personality Disorders,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Thinking Disorders
Gender
Female
Education
I received my Master's Degree in Counseling in 1990. I am licensed by NM as a Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and am certified as a Master Therapist by the American Psychotherapy Association. I am also Board Certified.
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Women's Counseling and Therapy

Russell Resnik
(505) 296-4449
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Linda Abalos
(505) 974-0104
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Robert Becher
(505) 291-2046
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Dr. Jeannette Acquisto
(505) 819-3204
2811 Indian School Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Depression, Anxiety or Fears, Divorce, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: UNM
Year of Graduation: 1992
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Behavioral Health Systems

Phyllis Zamorski
(505) 296-6708
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Michael Morad-McCoy
(505) 291-6314
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Lydia Lennihan
(505) 681-0708
Albuquerque, NM
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Raising Bilingual Children

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Parent & Child

Raising Bilingual Children: 5 Steps to Parenting Success
By Christina Bosemark 
Email bosemarkarticles@yahoo.com
Jun 6, 2006, 19:35
   

When I was growing up, the only way to raise a true world denizen was at an exorbitantly priced Swiss boarding school. Luckily, such elitism has been thrown out the window, and now parents raise bilingual and multicultural children themselves. The children grow up just as world-savvy and sophisticated -- and actually know their own parents! Still for the do-it-yourselfer, a few tips can smooth the way.

The most common question people ask me is How do I raise a bilingual child the best way? Easy, just talk to them! is my tongue-in-cheek response. It seems almost impossible to imagine the baby transforming into a communicating creature, let alone one conversant in several languages. Although, the miraculous progress from cooing to speech occurs in exactly the same fashion whether it transpires in one or in several languages, the practicalities are different.

Here are the first steps to raising your very own polyglot tot.

1. Family agreement:
Even though agreement within the family is perhaps the most essential ingredient, I am sometimes asked, What do I do if my partner doesn't want me speaking to our child in a language he doesn't understand?" An insecure spouse may fear being excluded from the secret language between the other parent and the child. Discuss and compromise. It is very important that couples find some solution that is acceptable to both parents as well as beneficial to the child.

2. Enthusiastic, yet realistic:
Once the idea of two languages has settled in, many people consider adding more. Usually the number of languages spoken within the household is enough for the child to absorb, but it's actually possible to successfully introduce as many as four languages simultaneously -- provided you can offer enough exposure and need for each one. Still, research suggests that a child needs to be exposed to a language 30% of his waking time to actively speak it, and since waking time is a finite quantity, so, too, is language acquisition.

3. The practical plan:
Next, you need to make sure you have a plan. Agree on who speaks what language to whom and then stick to it. There are endless variations on the two most successful language systems. The most common involves one person who always speaks to the child in the foreign language. Anyone who is spending a significant amount of time with the child can function as this primary speaker. The second common language system is where the whole family speaks in the foreign language. To add another language beyond those already spoken within the family, or if your family doesn t speak any foreign languages, you ll need to provide an outside source like an immersion program, a nanny or an au pair.

4. Get together:
Building a support network is probably the ...

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