Emotional Impact

Barriers have social and emotional impact on parents that is reflected in their approach to their children and their school, their role as a parent, and their purpose to their families.

Emotional barriers are often difficult to manage on a day-to-day basis because common issues—such as depression, chemical dependence, or feeding children on a timely, routine schedule—become too much for parents of ELL children. These factors lead to unhappy and often unhealthy attachments. Behavioral issues and poor school performance lead to poor academics.

From my experiences, there is one key point about our ELLs that I have learned. Many times, ELL children stay at the homes of their grandparents after school. They watch novelas all night long and see the behaviors of adults talking appallingly to each other on these TV shows. Then they come to school and emulate that behavior and language with other children. Mothers need to intervene once this behavior is explained.

For more about ELL success, refer to my book, ¡Andamio! Engaging Hispanic Families for ELL Success Using Brain-Based Learning.