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Q: Shall I use books, tapes, videos, etc. to prevent my daughter from losing her native language?
 

A: There is one specific problem I would like you to be sensitive to. Please be sure that these activities (Russian songs, chats, games, etc.) are really a pleasurable experience for your child. The native language in post-institutionalized children may be associated with bitter feelings of pain, discomfort and anxiety. Very often these are unconscious feelings resulting from deprivation, hunger, abuse that these children had experienced in their early years. Unfortunately, this is a more common situation than is usually understood, at least in my clinical experience.

 

 

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