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Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success Fort Campbell KY

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.

Michael E Jenkins
(205) 289-1927
510 College Street
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Life Coaching
Qualification
School: Kansas State University
Year of Graduation: 1997
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $100
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Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Marriage & Family Institute
(931) 645-7750
915 Mcclardy Rd Ste B
Clarksville, TN

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Ms. Dodie Murphy
(859) 200-7277
109C 76 Boulevard
Berea, KY
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Kentucky
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Anger Mana
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ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), AIDS/HIV+
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
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Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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(502) 233-2997
2327 Lime Kiln Road, Louisville, Ky2327 Lime Kiln Lane
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Trauma and PTSD
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School: University of Michigan
Year of Graduation: 1972
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: ValueOptions

Angelia Moore
(606) 329-9333
Ashland, KY
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Mental Health/Agency Counseling, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

LuAnnette Butler
(931) 221-7229
Clarksville, TN
Practice Areas
Career Development, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
English only

Clarksville Community Counseling
(931) 614-5202
2515 Wilma Rudolph Blvd
Clarksville, TN
Specialties
Premarital, Couples, Individuals, Children and Adolescents
Gender
Female
Education
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Membership Organizations
AAMFT

Ms. Dona Airey
Anodon, Inc Dona J. Airey
(502) 420-9911
Transforming Within 408 Virginia Ave.
Louisville, KY
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Credentials: LCSW, ACSW,
Licensed in Kentucky
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Dual Diagno
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Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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(270) 761-5722
Murray, KY
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Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Tammy Shaffer
(270) 996-8441
Bowling Green, KY
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Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
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National Certified Counselor

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Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success

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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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