October is the SELECTIVE MUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, and this is the real story of a bilingual child and his steps toward communication. Although not all children with SM, have speech and language difficulties, this child also presented with a speech disorder. To protect this child and family identity the name has been changed. Was was Jack like as a baby?
When you are raising your child to speak more than one language, it is important to know how to go about it. I am PRO bilingualism and I know that many families have their success stories. It is important to be aware of the things have worked to be successful, so here are a step by step guide, which I
Headline News: Rising number of anxious polyglots Phil Thomason is a father of three children, the eldest of which was diagnosed with selective mutism in 2007 after 5 years silence in the school setting. Following the advice available his child has since overcome the disorder, and Phil has since dedicated a lot of his spare time to the SMIRA cause online
The Different Types of bilingualism There are two ways children become bilingual: Simultaneous and Successive. Simultaneous language acquisition is when a child is exposed to 2 languages from birth in natural situations. This often happens when both parents speak two languages to a child or each parent speaks a different language to the child (or caregivers). These children tend to
Define your goals for your children’s language skills What is your expectation about how well your bilingual kids should be able to speak the language? There is a big difference in whether you would want them to be able to communicate in everyday situations or whether your goal is for them to be able to read and write and also