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This is a clip of the Denver II Developmental Milestones checklist: If you draw a vertical line from the slash in dada/mama specific and the "c" in dada/mama non-specific, you'll have the 8 month old line. The white rectangle is "average"; the blue one means "late but still normal". Falling off the blue box means "possibly prudent to follow-up". There ...


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We moved with three kids ages 1-4 from Germany (your name sounds German, so this may be relevant). We were lucky enough to find a pre-school program that was for kids whose first language was neither English, Spanish or Portuguese (large Brazilian population). It worked great and within a year or so the kids were perfectly bilingual for their age. Kid #2 ...


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It appears that children don't learn language well from television because they need interaction and conversation. It's not so much that the "picture on a flat device [isn't] a person", but more that the child doesn't get a response when they try to talk back to the picture. In one study, when children had a conversation over Skype with an adult, they were ...


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You should get your child in to be evaluated by her pediatrician. There are a number of syndromes that could explain what you are perceiving, some of which are speech related, while others are general developmental issues. I'm not going to name any of them because I'm not a doctor and you shouldn't be getting your child evaluated by some random person in ...


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I am not qualified to give you a real response as I am not a professional in this field in anyway, but I am bilingual and my mother taught me how she made both my sister and I fluent in both Korean and English. First of all, she made sure only to speak in Korean with me, while I was learning English in an American school. She also made sure that I NEVER ...


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This behavior is a normal part of development for a two-year-old. At 24 months a child should have about 70% accuracy of consonants, and by 36 months about 87% accuracy. Producing "b" instead of "f" is one example of a very common mistake a child of this age might make. Of course, if it seems like the accuracy is worse than 70%, or if the child does not ...


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Development checklists. Phooey. You can never really know what is right for a baby. ...but as a parent, it can sure make you wonder! I've got lots of kids, and even more nephews and nieces. So far they have all turned out well. So let me give you a few drastically contrasting histories. Some totally unclinical, anecdotal histories: First daughter: Never ...


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Everyone giving you an age without a qualifying "on average" would be grossly generalizing. Currently the ability to read (as in take an abstract symbol and attach meaning) is seen as a process of brain development, stemming from the same ability that allowed our ancestors to conclude from animal footprints to the behavior and whereabouts of the animal that ...


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I just wanted to add a slight counterpoint to zxq9's answer, as I'm not sure it's correct that if something's wrong it won't be ambiguous. There are plenty of conditions that only become obvious when the ability gap between a child and their peers has widened quite a bit, but which could be handled better if the child was given some support before then. A ...


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There is no rule for this, and it's different with every child. My girls are both bi-lingual. I speak to them in one language, and my wife (and the environment) speak to them in another. My eldest started speaking both languages more or less together, and is happy to switch from one to the other when talking to different people. My second would only speak ...


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She understands the words just fine, what she doesn't understand is the underlying cause. Kids that age live very much in the moment. Past and present get jumbled in their mind, and they don't pause to reflect on their motivation. Somehow parents can't resist asking why anyway, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've received an answer that ...


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My advice would be to teach your son as many languages as you can, as early as you can - he will sort it out eventually. At first, he will be confused but keep explaining that there are different people who use different words for the same things and teach him the words for the same object in different languages all the time. Your son will likely have a ...


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I'm in a similar situation, linguistically. The thing is, I have two, and can see the differences between them in this respect. My eldest learnt both languages in parallel, the way you think "should" happen. My second has a much stronger first language, and is only now starting to speak short sentences in the second, though she has always understood all ...


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Children are generally taught to start reading words in their Reception year at school (age 4-5), however I think from personal experience I would say that being able to read short words in a sentence does not automatically equate to being able to understand the meaning and context of the sentence. By age 6, a good proportion of children are able to read ...


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Definitely. Especially in a situation where they're surrounded by multiple languages that handle pronunciation differently. Your child is learning three languages simultaneously, so it's not terribly surprising that they may stumble over some sounds more than a child that only learns its native language. The thing, as it often seems to be with raising a ...


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a) If he has been exposed to a lot more Hebrew (e.g. at school) than English, it seems natural that he would be a lot more comfortable speaking in Hebrew. While children in general have an easier time learning languages than adults, I'm sure there is a range, just as there is with adults (some adults can pick up languages in no time, while others require ...


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Reading is the best practice for spelling. My suggestion is to not focus so hard on "spelling" practice, like it's its own discipline. Reading, writing, and spelling are all part of the same set of skills. Have your child read books out loud to you casually while you sit on the couch. You don't have to really pay attention, but if you hear the child ...


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The author here has the following suggestions: Create a set of flashcards. Create a second set of flashcards with the definition of the word on it. Use both sets of flashcards to play spelling Memory. Use alphabet magnets or Scrabble tiles to spell out each word. Write the word list on a piece of construction paper. Then cut the words apart into strips. ...


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I have no personal experience in being raised in a multilingual home, but I had some exposure to more than one language since I was a little boy. My mother taught me lyrics from french songs as early as when I was 5 and my parents also bought me an english course with cartoons and exercises (all english, no subtitles or anything) when I was around 7 or 8, ...


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From my own experience, television does enhance the learning of a new language. But of course, it does have its limits, one can learn to speak and understand a language by means of television, but it might be hard to get some writing skills that way. It certainly doesn't hurt to start an interest in a new language with the TV. I've been watching movies and ...


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It's a complicated and difficult thing for kids to learn on their own. If you think about it from a cognitive perspective, they need to go from: Clueless that I'm peeing --> I am peeing --> I need to pee --> I should tell an adult that I need to pee (adapted from Oh Crap Potty Training) Where is he on this spectrum? If he goes when put on the potty, he ...


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That's a good strategy to for small kids. The language of the environment (friends, school, TV, games, movies, sports) will win in the long run, so you really don't need to do anything to support this unless you see some unusual problem. Having each parent talk a different language will be good in learning the basics of the spoken language and developing ...


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The one parent-one language policy is popular in many advice books on how to raise bilingual children, that said many policies work provided that the child gets enough exposure to each language (ballpark of 20+ hours each) Different language communities have different customs on language switching. In the Philippines, US boarder with Mexico, hipster ...


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My children grow up multi-lingual, with one language spoken by me and the grandparents, which is also what my wife and me speak together, one language spoken by my wife, and finally the language spoken at day care, which is in the same language family as the one I speak with them. The level of proficiency in each of these three languages closely mirrors the ...


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First, you are doing such a great thing for your son, giving him access to another language! We have a not too dissimilar situation in our household. My 7yr old daughters first language is English but her mom speaks to her entirely in Russian. She also struggles with Russian in response but understands pretty much everything my wife says. Neither of us ...


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It cannot be forced. I tried and failed dismally. My daughter first learnt my wife's language then English. Once she learnt English, she would refuse to go back. Teaching a child another language is a long term process. My kids have been going to language school since the age of 6 and will continue until they achieve year 12 proficiency. I would love them ...


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Coming under other practical advice, many times employers include specialist relocation consulting as part of their relo packages. This consulting might include finding the right schools and playgroups, and can often be a big help. Sometimes people don't use all the potential resources offered, so be sure to find out what's available, and don't be afraid to ...


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I have two children with special needs and both have speech and Language difficulties. We moved from the UK to abroad and our children not only picked up the language but one of them retained their English so is bilingual. The other one is actually able to understand English just prefers to speak in the other language which he of course hears all day every ...


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Can you carry on a full adult conversation in sign? If so, then yes, you probably could raise a full sign-speech bilingual child (bimodal bilingual). And yes, it has similar benefits to raising a child who is bilingual in two spoken languages. The research I've seen on bimodal bilingual kids has all focused on hearing children with deaf parents, but there's ...


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Children can learn multiple languages without problems from an early age if they have to. The don't learn as many as you want.. they learn as many as they have to. With my son who Swedish and English bilingual living in UK he didn't start to speak Swedish back to me until he met Swedish little friends on holiday in Sweden and they couldn't understand what he ...



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