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Bilingual Family Consultancy

Taking new clients for any language combination

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"The consultancy was effective - my child now speaks pure Finnish language. Mixed sentenses appear very rarely and he notices them himself and self-corrects by switching to Finnish or asking me how to say it in Finnish."

This impact was achieved in six weeks from a baseline where the 4-year-old child had stopped speaking Finnish after starting early years education. 

Consultancy available globally in English, Finnish and Italian. 

Bilingual Family Consultancy

"Soile developed a customized consulting programme for me, presenting a relevant theoretical framework in a practical way and providing powerful strategies that I could put in action right away with my bilingual child. She gave me motivation by pointing out what is going well already and what I can do differently. I will definitely continue to work with her in the future. I highly recommend you to get in touch with her for valuable knowledge, theories and strategies on bilingualism."  (Feedback from a family client in Canada)

 

Soile is taking new Bilingual Family Consultancy clients for 2020 - book your free assessment! 

 

Bilingual Family Consultancy

Families with any language combination can use our Bilingual Family Consultancy.

Soile works in English, Finnish and Italian. 

All consultancies begin with a family questionnaire.

Soile will give you a free assessment of your current situation as well as a proposal for a possible consultancy.

Only then you decide whether or not you would like to start a consultancy. 

To book your FREE ASSESSMENT email soile ( at ) bilingualpotential.org 

Bilingual Speech Activation

Most of Soile's clients seek help to get their children to speak the parent's language. If your child won't speak your language, it is important to seek help swiftly. This is not a phase. It is a sign that your child's bilingual development is sliding towards the language being lost.

Things will not get better by doing more of the same. A change in parenting strategy is needed. Some new knowledge and skills are needed.

THE GOOD NEWS:

This problem can be resolved usually in less than 90 days. Yes, really: your child can start speaking your language in less than 90 days. In less than 6 months your child can have conversations in your language effortlessly. 

Bilingual Speech Activation can be used for example when:

  • 1-year-old child is saying words only in one language.
  • 2-year-old child says words in two languages, but forms sentences only in one language. 
  • When a 2-4-year-old child stops speaking a language they have previously spoken. 
  • When a child of any age prefers to respond to the parent in the "wrong" language.
  • When a child asks the parent to stop speaking the parent's native language. 

 

Complex cases

Private one-to-one consultancy the best way to work on complex cases.

Situations where parents have sought this kind of consultancy have included:

  • Multilingual family issues such as prioritising languages when there are too many. 
  • Resolving social isolation of a family member when the family does not have a shared language.
  • Bilingual child with social and communication problems.
  • Bilingual child with additional learning needs.
  • Bilingual child missing early language development milestones.
  • Bilingual child having language delay in both languages. 
  • Crisis in expat family at any stage of an international move. 
  • Schooling in a language that is completely new to the child.

​​Complex consultancies can also be about happy topics, for example:

  • Multiliteracy for child with 2 or 3 native-like languages.
  • Activating the minority language of a younger sibling of a child with two native-like languages. 

Private family consultancies always include many additional question at the planning stage.

During the consultancy there is always data collection and analysis of authentic family interaction data throughout the process. 

Sometimes these types of consultancies require assessments from another professional, such as peadiatrician, neurologist, speech patologist or developmental psychologist. 

 

For more information, just ask by writing to soile ( at ) bilingualpotential.org