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Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success Columbia TN

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.

Renee Leach
Columbia, TN
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mrs. Rhonda Johnson
Rhonda D. Johnson, L.C.S.W.
(615) 848-0065
511 Highland Terrace
Murfreesboro, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Donna Southworth
Donna Southworth, LCSW
(615) 370-8473
7003 Chadwick Dr., Suite 152 P. O. Box 2371
Brentwood, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Barbara Johnson
(931) 528-4150
729 S. Jefferson Ave. P. O. Box 3623
Cookeville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Patricia Dean, LMFT, EMDR
(615) 438-3132
7101 Peach Court
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Anxiety or Fears,Depression,Eating Disorders,Loss or Grief,OCD,Parenting,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Female
Education
TN Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy (MMFT)Trevecca UniversityBS in Food & NutritionMichigan State UniversityEMDR II CertifiedPrepare-Enrich CertifiedEFT TrainedScreamFree Parenting Train
Insurance
No
Membership Organizations
Patricia Dean, LMFT

Mrs. Dana Vince
Healing Hearts Counseling
(865) 283-1777
123 Center Park Drive
Knoxville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LPC, MHSP
Licensed in Tennessee
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Women's Issues, Postpartum Depression
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Betsy Mandel-Carley
Betsy Mandel-Carley LCSW
(901) 683-1422
5350 Poplar Ave Suite 314
Memphis, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW, LMFT
Licensed in Tennessee
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Life Transitions, Sexuality Issues, Attachment Disorders, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Daviid Wright
(615) 383-5558
2323 21st Avenue South Suite 304
Nashville, TN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Tennessee
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Life Transitions, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Susan Hutchinson
The Counseling Center
(901) 487-0238
Lockett Street
Memphis, TN
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW
Licensed in Tennessee
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Nancy J. Stott
(423) 716-6992
7003 Chadwick Drive
Brentwood, TN
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Divorce
Qualification
School: Vanderbilt University
Year of Graduation: 1982
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adults,Elders
Average Cost
$110 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Data Provided by:

Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success

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Parent & Child

Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steos To Success
By Christina Bosemark 
Email bosemarkarticles@yahoo.com
   

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 t...

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