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Raising Bilingual Children Amherst MA

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.

Mr. Daniel McLean
Private Practice
(413) 478-9526
48 N. Pleasant St., Suite 201
Amherst, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
16 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Reed Schimmelfing
(413) 586-7454
104 Main Street Suite 201
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Sleep Disorders, Men's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
VANESSA L. ADAMS, M.Ed, C.A.G.S., C.H., C.P.C.- Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Life/Health & Care
(413) 522-2815
Offices in Amherst and Orange Massachusetts,409 Main Street - Suite # 125 (
Amherst, MA
Specialties
ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Life Coaching,Loss or Grief,OCD,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
Masters in Education & C.A.G. S.- Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Counseling Psychology-Cambridge College, MA.Certified-National Guild of Hypnotists in Adv. Hypnotherapy in Medical/Pain Management, Smoking, Weight.Life/Health Coach
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Access Change

John "jack" Bonina
(508) 534-8209
104 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060104 Main Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Mr. Peter Michael Corbett, LICSW, M.Ed.
(413) 586-5882
2 Strong Avenue
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,ADHD,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Domestic Abuse or Violence,Impulse Control Disorders,Infertility or Adoption,Life Coaching,Relationship Issues
Education
I have 2 Masters Degrees. (1) M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Harvard and (2) Masters in Social Work from Smith College. I also have a number of years training in Psychosynthesis.
Insurance
Yes

Ms. Maria Dye
(413) 584-1557
57 Gothic Street
Northampton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Jim Caldwell
Springfield Technical Community College
(413) 306-0914
Armory Square Bldg 16, Rm 131-Veterans Services
Springfield, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Massachusetts
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development
Populations Served
Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Maria Elizabeth LeBlanc, M.Ed, MSW, LICSW
(413) 695-3707
195 Russell Street, 2nd FL, Suite B9
Hadley, MA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anxiety or Fears,Child or Adolescent Issues,Chronic Pain or Illness,Depression,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,OCD,Relationship Issues
Gender
Female
Education
I have a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College, Springfield, MA and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. I have worked in hospitals o/p centers and crisis
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Maria E. LeBlanc, LICSW

Ms. Constance Leslie
(413) 314-3388
Constance Leslie, LICSW16 Armory Street
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Family Therapy, Couples therapy, Divorce, Child or Adolescent, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
Year of Graduation: 1988
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$70 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Betsy Ferber, MA, LMFT
(413) 582-0287
16 Center St.
Northampton, MA
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Divorce,Elderly Persons Disorders,Gay Lesbian Issues,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Spirituality,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
BA at Lake Forest College, 1970MA Transpersonal Counseling, John F.Kennedy U. 1985Trained in DBT and long time member of DBT Team at ServiceNet, NorthamptonTrained in MBSR 2006Currently training in Somatic ExperiencePracticing Meditator
Insurance
Yes
Membership Organizations
Elizabeth Ferber

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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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