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Raising Bilingual Children Chicago IL

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.

Ms. Ioanna Chaney
(773) 244-0900
233 East Erie Street, Suite 401
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CPCC, MBA
Licensed in Illinois
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transi
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Twins, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jan Reisch
Jan Reisch
(312) 787-7441
180 No. Stetson Avenue Suite 3260
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, CADC,CEAP
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stres
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jodi Taub
(773) 818-3453
25 E. Washington Suite 1922
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Twins, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Joan DePetrizzi
Terry Hefter Associates
(312) 280-1166
1731 N. Marcey Suite 535
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Orientation, Trauma/PTSD
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Beth Shapiro
Beth Shapiro, LCSW
(773) 478-4816
6374 N. Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60659
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Angela Atwater
Angela Atwater, LCSW
(773) 456-9080
1165 N. Clark St. Suite 413
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Patricia Sullivan
Private Practice
(708) 751-0286
180 N Michigan Ave Suite 2222
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transit
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Patricia Esslinger
Patricia Ann Esslinger, LCSW
(312) 965-9991
25 E. Washington St. Suite 1922
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
12 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Debra Alper
(773) 931-7220
4256 N Ravenswood Suite 312
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Michele Duszynski
My LCSW
(773) 251-7316
1300 W. Belmont Ave. Suite 207
Chicago, IL
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Illinois
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, G
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+, Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
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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