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Raising Multilingual Children: The First 5 Steps to Success Mankato MN

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.

Julie Boertje
(507) 216-7792
Creative Counseling Solutions510 Long Street
Mankato, MN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Domestic Abuse
Qualification
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Dr. C. Walker
C. William Walker, Ph.D.
(320) 354-4489
128 Pine St
New London, MN
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D
Licensed in Minnesota
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorde
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Ms. Teresa Anderson-Krull
Teresa M. Anderson-Krull & Associates
(507) 377-0107
216 E. Main Street
Albert Lea, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Learning Disabilities, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Iss
Populations Served
Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Linda Gensheimer
Linda Gensheimer, Psychotherapy, Supervision & Consulting Services
(612) 875-1121
2908 Humboldt Ave S
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LICSW, PhD
Licensed in Minnesota
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Sexual Orientation,
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Jan Weber
Therapy Place Services
(952) 380-8515
10800 Lyndale Avenue South
Bloomington, MN
Credentials
Credentials: MSW LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
22 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Spiritual/Religio
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Disabled, Immigrants/Refugees, Caregivers, Gifted, Chronic Illness, Biracial, College Students
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Mr. Harry Greenberg
Infinite Aperture Counseling
(612) 870-9418
2435 Garfield Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LGSW
Licensed in Minnesota
4 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions, Anger Management, Men's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Caregivers, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
The Center for Relationship Therapy
(612) 379-8750
1135 5th Street, Northeast
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Yoga, Wellness Training, Weight Management, Substance Abuse, Stress Management, Sex Therapy, Reiki, Psychotherapy, Physical Exercise, Pain Management, Other, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery, Family Therapy, EFT, EMDR, Dreamwork Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Breathwork, Addiction
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

Data Provided by:
Ms. Sue Johnston
Sue Johnston, LICSW
(612) 822-3925
4306 Bryant Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Stephanie Tkach
Stephanie Tkach, LICSW
(612) 558-6760
2908 Humboldt Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Minnesota
7 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Anger Management
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Sherry Machen
(952) 473-0668
339 Barry Ave S. #201
Wayzata, MN
Credentials
Credentials: PH.D., L.P.
Licensed in Minnesota
21 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Education/Personal Development, Life Transitions
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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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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