Bilingualism in International Adoptees:
A strong desire of
adoptive parents to keep the culture and language of their internationally
adopted child is well meant and easily understood. And often parents
are ready to go a long way to make it happen. But what about the child?
Are they all able to learn a new language, to keep learning an old one,
to compensate for the detrimental past, to fit into the unknown before
family life, to make new friends, to learn how to belong to their entirely
new environment... Miracles happen, and our children are very resilient,
but do not rush to "ruffle some feathers as
a trendsetter": what is good for one child may be not appropriate
Most Common Raising a Bilingual Child Myths
she speak English? Oh, I see -- both Swedish and English. Doesnt
that get awfully confusing? Swedish, you said -- when will she use that?
Get used to hearing these kinds of things. Youll get opinions
from the barrister at Starbucks, your mother-in-law, even your neighbors
and strangers on the street. Remember, being a trendsetter always ruffles
some feathers, and the best way to deal with unsolicited advice (other
than running for the door) is to know the facts yourself.
ADVANCE Newsletter from 10/19/07
It was found that the
children with language impairments often were only able to retell one
key piece of information related to the story, a very surprising result
as research on children without language impairments shows children
as young as three-years-old can comprehend and retell basic scripts.
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
and cons of keeping the native language of the adopted child
adoption is on your mind, you should think through your strategies on
native language issues of your future child well in advance. Indeed,
the preservation of the first language is a "hot" topic for
many adoptive parents who often have to choose between their hopes and
dreams and the reality of parenting a traumatized post-institutional
child. The article points out at some aspects of development of your
internationally adopted child, which you should consider deciding on
the childs native language preservation.