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Raising Bilingual Children Hopewell Junction NY

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. Carolyn Bersak
Carolyn Bersak
(845) 452-1553
24 Tamidan Road
Poughkeepsie, NY
Credentials
Credentials: DSW, LCSW
Licensed in New York
32 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Joan Bedard
(845) 445-7292
Fishkill1081 Main St
Fishkill, NY
Specialties
Marriage Counselling, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: Adelphi University
Year of Graduation: 1993
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Exceptional Marriage
(845) 450-0020
Exceptional Marriage2 Nancy Drive
Lagrangeville, NY
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Sex Therapy, Divorce
Qualification
School: Albany State University
Year of Graduation: 1978
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Louise Nielsen
(845) 527-6880
Beacon, NY
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Linda Lavin
(845) 988-7333
Beacon, NY
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Betty Martello
Private Practice
(914) 962-0457
17 Watergate Drive
Amawalk {Somers}, NY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in New York
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Patricia M Kimble
(845) 593-4370
1073 Main Street
Fishkill, NY
Specialties
Addiction, Divorce, Spirituality, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$50 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: 1199SEIU

Ms. Ellen Smith
27 Collegeview Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Depression, Divorce
Qualification
School: The Ohio State University
Year of Graduation: 1979
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Howard S Susser
(845) 452-5498
387 Hooker Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Depression, Divorce, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Medicare

Ronald Pollaro
(845) 628-3256
Mahopac, NY
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Raising Bilingual Children

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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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