Laleo Therapy, LLC

The mission of Laleo Therapy is to support existing clinicians and organizations with direct and indirect services regarding bilingualism.

En Laleo las vidas, la cultura, y las comunidades negras se valoran y se defienden #blacklivesmatter #lasvidasnegrasimportan

#blacklivesmatter #lasvidasnegrasimportan

Las vidas negras son dignas de respeto, paz, y justicia/Black lives are worthy of respect, peace, and justice.

Remember this picture from a year ago? Swipe to see today 💙

#bilingualbaby #bilingualmom #bilingualfamily #bilingualkids #bilingualkidsrock #bilingualtoddler #mamabilingüe #bilingual #bilinguismo

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A previous colleague of mine is sharing spanish read alouds! Go check it out or send it forward to someone who might!


Una social story interesante para los que la querían usar con los chiquis.

Historia Coronavirus para niños.

Let’s see if this works ...

I’ll never get tired of staring this fact! Even at the cost of sounding like a broken record 🙃

Pulling up old posts. No need to repackage information that stands the test of time (I googled that idiom because #bilingual 💁🏻‍♀️)

Pulling up old posts. No need to repackage information that stands the test of time (I googled that idiom because #bilingual 💁🏻‍♀️)

I frequently see parents and educators express fear or disdain over Codeswitching. Almost always, it’s because they see it as “broken bilingualism”, “insufficient bilingualism”, “confused bilingualism”, etc.

The reality is that studies show Codeswitching is natural and rule-governed. It’s is not a careless use of languages.

Is it okay to hope and strive to be able to communicate in one language ONLY in order to be able to communicate with monolingual speakers without communication breaking down? Sure! That can be a goal and hope...but it doesn’t make Codeswitching atypical, abnormal, confusing, or broken language.

Think of Codeswitching as a “third language option”. There are communities and families who solely speak this way! It’s part of their identity.

This a concept I come across frequently. I see it as the root of a lot of fear, guilt, and disappointment.

I want to challenge it. I want us to push ourselves toward expanding our definition of “being bilingual”.

More in my stories.

Reminder that this is a personal and professional opinion based on theories and experiences. Since it’s an opinion, some will disagree and that is okay!

👋🏻 Hi! Just over here ruffling some feathers. Perfect timing because we’re celebrating a day commemorating a person who ruffled lots of feathers for the good of others.

Here’s the thing - this post is my PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL opinion. Linguistic purists and some educators will argue against it and I have a lovely counter argument that I just typed up and deleted because #toolong!

Same ol’ fact because there are still thousands of people who need to hear it! Double tap and/or share to spread the word!

We have been in “Tantrum management bootcamp” the last few months.

I’ve been learning a lot as an “emotion-filled mom” of an “emotion-filled girl”!

We made her a “calm down basket” to help her learn how to work through those BIG emotions. These are some of the tools in the basket. I absolutely love every single one of them.

After some trial and error, do you know her go-to tool is in a moment of disregulation? Water! When cued to use tools she always asks for a drink of water. I’m so glad I thought of adding a snack and a drink to her toolbox! Ps. the “calm down basket” has been chucked across the room multiple times in the process of learning. So don’t be fooled into thinking this has been a smooth and magical implementation 😉

#bilingualtoddler #bilingualmom #bilingualfamily #toddlerlife #toddlertantrums

I’m NOT a child psychology expert! These are just the 5 things I’ve realized are helping us walk through a season of strong emotions that lead to tantrums.

1) Identify triggers. Study your child! I started writing down the times we had “epic” meltdowns and what might’ve happened before it. I started seeing a pattern which is helping me understand what makes my child arrive to a moment of utter disregulation. For us trigger #1 is hunger and trigger #2 is overstimulation/tiredness.

2) Set them up for success. Once you know the triggers try to help them not get to the point where they are unable to remain calm. So for us, I am diligent about carrying and offering a snack. Do you get hangry?! Well guess what?! Your toddler can too! I haven’t mastered the second trigger but at least I know that on days she goes to school, she comes home extra tired and extra prone to meltdowns.

3) Pick your battles! This is a hard one for me. The other day we needed to get to church on time for the Christmas Eve service. She was having a harder day and wasn’t interested in wearing the outfit I had picked out for her. I tried every tip and trick to convince her but wasn’t having success. I could’ve chosen to force her into the outfit which would’ve led to an epic meltdown or I could’ve chosen to set down my pride and let her go in whatever informal outfit she had on. Some of you might’ve picked the battle! That’s the beauty of individualizing our parenting choices! Trust me! There are battles I probably pick that you may not and that’s okay.

4) Teach and coach using calming strategies. See my next post.

5) Sometimes life happens and #1-4 don’t work. This is something I’m REALLY working on for myself as a mom. Embracing the BIG emotions. Staying calm. Not matching the intensity with my own anger or frustration. Staying hopeful that this stage will improve. Remembering the meltdowns aren’t an indication that I’m failing as a mom.

If you’re parenting in a season similar to mine, I hope you find this helpful.

#toddlerlife #toddlermom #toddleremotions #toddlertantrums #bilingualtoddler #bilingualmom

Bilingual facts and myths in Japanese.

The amazing Misako Suzuki from Suzuki Speech Room reached out to us and offered to translate the Bilingual Myths Vs. Facts Infographic into Japanese! This is so exciting, we hope others see this and find it useful as well.

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday season! I will be signing off from posting on my feed to focus my time and energy on being present. I might post stories if they come up organically but don’t expect to see much action on this account for about the next month 💚❤️💚❤️

Polyglot Parenting

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Hi, all! It's me, Ilana. 👋 I've been a bit quieter on Facebook lately because I've been working on something behind the scenes that I'm *extremely* excited to finally be able to announce! I've been leading in-person workshops on How to Raise Bilingual Children 🌎🌍🌏 for a few years, and I'm thrilled to announce that the online version of this course has now launched!! This course is jam-packed with tons of tips, strategies, and useful information about raising bilingual/multilingual kids for parents of young children, and it answers the most common questions that parents have. Check it out on Teachable and sit back, relax, and enjoy this workshop from the comfort of home! ☕💻

Phonology nerds 🤓 Let’s have some fun! After Thanksgiving, I will randomly pick a participant and send them a small gift!

Why might a Spanish Speaker say “Thanksgiving” this way?

In the comments, write the # corresponding to the “deviation” (not calling an ‘error’ intentionally) and then write the explanation. For example: “1) The “th” sound becomes an “s” because...”

Let’s see what you guys come up with!

Sensory boxes are in my top 3 favorite play-based learning materials! Anyone else?! 🙋🏻‍♀️

I normally have a seasonal base and then add whatever manipulative I see fit for the learning experience.

This is my “Fall season” base! Fall decor is about to go on sale at craft and party stores, you can go buy them and store them up for next year!

“...But they’re so messy!” you might say. Sure, they can be messy, but this is how I see LOVE exploring by playing freely. That can sometimes lead to intentional or unintentional “messes”. It’s how they DISCOVER. It’s how they make learning THEIR OWN. I’ve noticed that when I hesitate with this concept it’s often because of my own adult fears or needs. If I making a “mess” is really not an option (i.e., we’re in the child’s home and the mom has an expensive rug, we have a tight timeline and we can’t clean-up, etc.), I gauge the child’s ability to play with some self-control (keep materials in the box as much as possible). If I know the child can’t, either age or needs, then I don’t use the box in that context.

How do YOU say tantrum in Spanish? I say “Pataleta.”

@elisadltg is an incredible teacher who is constantly providing her students’ parents resources in Spanish, their native language. She translated this visual and sent it over to them. We tried to find the original author to give credit but weren’t successful.

I’m posting it because in my house we have officially entered a new intensity with tantrums. I shared about it on my personal account and @tatianalawson, @laurenjack_ ,and a few others gave me some amazing tips to help my daughter learn to manage her beautiful and strong emotions. Emotions aren’t bad, we just need to help our children learn how to process them and channel them for good!

I’ve decided the most effective strategy for her is connecting emotionally with some of these phrases. I’ve also decided to build her a sensory box with a couple of choices she can grab to help her calm down. We’ll see how it goes! I’m very hopeful.

⚠️ Okay, okay...I want to say a few things:
1️⃣The statement is true. Autism + Bilingualism can coexists. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
2️⃣ However, it’s not as simple as that statement makes it sound. Autism is complex. Bilingualism is complex. Autism + Bilingualism? Not impossible, not detrimental, but complex.
3️⃣ Go read the FREE article for yourself! “Bilingualism in children with developmental disorders: A narrative review” by Elizabeth Kay-raining Bird (link in my profile)

✔️Summary: Don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done, but seek the support of a speech and language specialist (cough, SLP, cough) who knows about Autism AND bilingual language development 🦄

#bilingualbaby #bebebilingue #bebebilingüe #laleobaby

Do you feel this sensation?

I don’t always...but I often do. I visualize myself forcefully putting my foot down on the language I’m trying not to speak. And often if I’m not putting down enough force, that language sneaks into my speech and pops up causing me to mispronounce something or only recall the word in the language I’m not speaking.

Blanco-Elorrieta, E., Emmorey, K., & Pylkkänen, L. (2018). Language switching decomposed through MEG and evidence from bimodal bilinguals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(39), 9708-9713.

PERFECT Christmas gift to a child or yourself (if you’re an educator)! @holaamigobox

Watch my LIVE today to learn more about this incredible #bilingual product.

Don’t forget to use the code Laleo10 when you checkout! You get a discount AND you support Laleo!

Toddlers don’t magically start speaking overnight!

Did you know that from the moment they’re born they start working on the “roots” or foundational skills that eventually lead to speech and language? Those are called prelinguistic or pre-language skills.

My high school teacher told me it wasn’t good to highlight whole sentences or paragraphs. I still struggle with that skill because #soapbox #louderforthepeopleintheback #passionateeducator so I gave it a try and failed once again.

Seriously though - THIS is why no one should ever encourage a family to stop using their home language for the sake of progress in the other. THIS is why bilingual education should be accessible to all. I’ll keep dreaming 😉

Unpopular opinion: Don’t hold your child to the expectation to be smack in the middle of this continuum.

Most fluent adults don’t ever even anchor down at that point either.

I’m all for hoping and working toward having our children fluctuate between the points somewhere near the middle of the continuum. HOWEVER, that requires significant dedication and resources.

I often hear from #bilingualfamilies who feel discouraged in their journey of raising up #bilingualchildren . I always deliver this unpopular opinion: assess your current access to bilingual exposure and resources, then set a REALISTIC expectation of where you child might hover over on this continuum.

A child does not have to be fluent and dominant in BOTH languages to be bilingual! #bilingualism is a spectrum!

Resource: This CD/soundtrack is a MUST if you’re a Spanish/English mom or educator working with young kiddos.

@123conandres makes learning the letters of the alphabet incredibly fun for the child and the adult.

The songs and tunes have a Latin flavor and are extremely catchy because they use alliteration and phonemic awareness tasks to help the child pick up on the letter and their sounds.

My family absolutely loves it and have gotten in the habit of listening to the songs while driving around town!

This is not sponsored at all. I just feel strongly about it!

Timeline Photos

Did you know @entredospodcast has a pretty awesome episode on this topic featuring yours truly and @key_therapy ?!

It’s an awesome episode for both moms and SLPs!

Swipe to see some of the topics we covered and go download it!

Link in my profile!

hello, Wonderful

How neat!

UNICORN SCISSOR CUTTING ACTIVITY 🦄🌈 Great for fine motor skills!
Get the template:

The Bilingual Extension Institute - LEADERSproject

Sharing because it’s my soapbox! Everyone who interacts with bilingual language development - professional or parent - should read this.

This is the original source for those interested in diving deeper:

I figure people who read the posts at the bilingual extension institute page already know this research, but here is a nice interview to share with those who may not.

Estas citas describen el “timeline” de desarrollo del lenguaje durante los primeros dos años 💙👶🏽💗

Source: Berko, J., Bernstein, N. (2010). Desarrollo del lenguaje. Pearson Educación. Madrid.

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