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Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success Kihei HI

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.

Ms. Anita Laviola
Maui Counseling Group
(808) 249-2121
1787 Wili Pa Loop #7
Wailuku, HI
Credentials
Credentials: QCSW, LCSW, CSAC
Licensed in Hawaii
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Karin Rohr
(808) 283-5752
Pukalani, HI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor
Language Proficiencies
German

Catholic Churches
(808) 875-2984
25 W Lipoa St
Kihei, HI
 
Bouchard Michael RA
(808) 891-0952
Aloha Sexual Health &
Kihei, HI
 
Epileptic Foundation Of Maui
(808) 879-8999
15 Kulanihakoi St Apt 17b
Kihei, HI
 
Mr. Ken Fields
Open Mind Counseling
(808) 250-9925
70 N. Central Ave #5
Wailuku, HI
Credentials
Credentials: MA, NCC, LMHC
Licensed in Hawaii
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Anger Management
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Kenneth Fields
(808) 250-9925
Wailuku, HI
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Jepson Marielis
(808) 875-8737
Azeka Shopping Cntr Makai Ste B302
Kihei, HI
 
Aloha Marital Health & Happiness
(808) 891-0952
943 Kupulau Dr
Kihei, HI
 
Arc Of Maui
(808) 879-6784
179 Hale Kai St
Kihei, HI
 
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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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