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Doctor insights on: Do Children In Bilingual Families Start Talking Later Than Other Kids

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When should I talk to my child about sex?

When should I talk to my child about sex?

When they are ready: When they start to ask questions, it's time to answer them. One technique is to answer exactly what they ask, but don't elaborate. On the other hand, tell the truth. If they are asking very specific questions, you need to answer them very specifically or they will ask somebody else when you are not around. Saying you are not old enough to ask that is just going to make them even more curious. ...Read more

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Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Do children in bilingual families start talking later than other kids?

Yes: The bulilding blocks of multilingual children are consistency and exposure. A tv show in another language will not teach the baby nearly as much as a parent exploring the language and the world attached to it with the baby. Babies are keen listeners and can make out and pick up different sounds. We as adults "tune out" sounds that are linguistically of no use to us. ...Read more

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How must I talk to my child about a tragedy in the family?

How must I talk to my child about a tragedy in the family?

Developmental stage: The developmental stage of a kid is the primary guide.Any kid over 2 has a basic understanding of things like death but between 2 & 7-8 they process info very simply. Short informative statements are better than "discussions".Expect them to come back repeatedly with ? & answer in few words.For ~8-14 basic discussions are generally worthwhile , >14 may handle things like most adults. ...Read more

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People talk to my grown children but not to me. Why is that? I want a voice in what happens to me.

People talk to my grown children but not to me. Why is that? I want a voice in what happens to me.

I agree with you: If you are alert and mentally competent, you should be the first person a doctor should talk to; however, if you become mentally incompetent to make a decision and have signed document to designate some else to make decision for you when you are unable to do so, then the designated person should be the one to act on you behalf. ...Read more

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How do we talk to the children about hd?

How do we talk to the children about hd?

Get help: Huntington's disease, correct? This is too difficult for you as a family to undertake alone. It is especially difficult if any child has been brought into the world with the knowledge that he/she may/will be affected also. Get help from your genetic counselor -- that's what they do best. Answer questions truthfully at an age-appropriate level. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for autistic children to begin talking?

Highly variable: Some children are only minimally delayed, others never learn to talk. Autism is a highly variable disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible for children who grow up without human contact to learn how to talk?

Probably not: There seems to be a critical period for language development in the first few years of life. Without immersion in human speech, children will not learn to talk themselves. ...Read more

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How do you displine ADHD children? And to approach them to talk to them to solve a problem? When they are in the wrong......

How do you displine ADHD children? And to approach them to talk to them to solve a problem?  When they are in the wrong......

Adhd: Are limits, provide structure, be consistent, be gentle but firm, build on their strengths instead of magnifying weaknesses. ...Read more

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