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Raising Bilingual Children Wichita KS

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. Joyce Thompson
Emotional Journey, LLC
(316) 295-4758
2604 W. 9th St. N., Ste. 205
Wichita, KS
Credentials
Credentials: MS, LCMFT
Licensed in Kansas
3 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Adoption/Foster Care, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Military/Veterans, Caregivers, Step Families, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Grandparents, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Diana J Rhiley
(316) 530-1551
323 S Hydraulic St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Marriage and Family Therapy, Depression, Chronic Pain or Illness
Qualification
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$60 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Raquel Moeder
(620) 725-0956
Emotional Journey2604 W. 9th St. N.
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Parenting
Qualification
School: Friends University
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Teresa Tonn
(316) 448-0568
Real Life Counseling, Inc.1603 N. Chapel Hill
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Stepfamilies, Adoption, Divorce, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Coventry

Ms. Gina Poisson
(316) 541-1207
Real Life Counseling, Inc.1603 N. Chapel Hill
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Divorce, Parenting, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: Friends University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Mr. Michael Baker
Reach Therapy Center
(316) 773-7323
8921 W 21st N #101
Wichita, KS
Credentials
Credentials: LMFT
Licensed in Kansas
2 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Parenting Issues, Sexual Orientation, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Gender Identity, Life Transitio
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Step Families, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Diana Guthrie
(316) 687-3100
Witchita, KS
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Ty Kasper
(316) 247-1726
Ty Kasper2604 W 9th Street N
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Divorce, Relationship Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Friends University
Year of Graduation: 2010
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

Resolutions Therapy
(316) 721-8118
982 N. Tyler suite B
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Career Counseling,Child or Adolescent Issues,Depression,Divorce,Loss or Grief,Parenting,Relationship Issues
Insurance
Yes

Joseph Donaldson II
(316) 201-1273
Wichita, KS
Practice Areas
Career Development, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

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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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