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Raising Bilingual Children Boston 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.

Dr. Sid Mondell
Dr. Sid Mondell
(617) 338-9533
294 Washington Street #415
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Richard Colbath-Hess
(617) 354-6471
79 Amory Street
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transition
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Karen Schiff
Karen Schiff
(617) 354-1686
875 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 35
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Caryn Mushlin
(617) 232-2704
1093 Beacon St #201
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenti
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Jack Golden
Golden Psychotherapy Associates
(617) 939-3915
79 Stedman Street
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
39 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, In
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Janice Stubblefield-Tave
(857) 334-5557
17 Henshaw St.
Brighton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Richard Caplan
Richard Caplan
(617) 930-3470
46 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
33 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Men's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Janet England
Janet L. England, LICSW
(617) 775-7301
1368 Beacon Street Suite 102
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Mrs. Nancy Sandman
Nancy G Sandman LICSW
(617) 731-2707
1170 Beacon Street Suite 300
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, BCD
Licensed in Massachusetts
35 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. Richard Bristol
Richard Bristol, Psy.D.
(617) 964-4605
129 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Psy.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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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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