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eeping up with three chil-
dren, an ever-busy therapy
practice and ongoing lec-
tures hardly leaves Janice
Tracht enough time for anything
else. Or so it would seem.
For the last 13 years, Ms. Tra-
cht has kept detailed notes and
observations on the many fami-
lies and children who've sought
her counsel at her social-work
practice. While it may appear Ms.
Tracht doesn't have a spare

minute, she's managed to find the
time to author a book, Re-Nur-

turing: Parenting Your Child As
You Re-Parent Your Child With-
in, published a year ago by Mills

& Sanderson.
"The purpose of the book is to
get the reader to understand and
empathize about what the child's
experience is," she says. "Under-
standing what a child needs
serves as an internal anchor (for
a parent)."


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required to read with an Ameri-
can accent," Dr. Naz-Mian said.
Another added benefit of the
classes is the improvement in
confidence and self-esteem that
the participants usually experi-
ence as a result of improved com-
munication skills.
Dr. Anna Fraymovich, a pe-
diatrician who moved to Detroit
from St. Petersburg eight years
ago, had 15 years' experience
practicing pediatric medicine in
Russia. Despite passing her
medical exams in the United
States, she failed her English
proficiency test, which prevent-
ed her from practicing medicine
She took language classes and
enrolled in Dr. Merson's accent-
reduction program.
"I'm a pediatrician. Commu-
nication is essential to me. If I
couldn't talk, I couldn't work," Dr.
Fraymovich said.
Now part of a thriving pedi-
atric practice with two Macomb
County offices, Dr. Fraymovich
says the accent-reduction class
was a stepping stone in her adap-
tation to her new country.
"I felt much more comfortable
with myself after taking the
class. I had more confidence in
my ability to share ideas and
take care of my patients."

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tempting to do is remove an
unwanted barrier to successful
communication. We work on
phraseology, intonation and pro-
Most of the courses — offered
through both Sinai and William
Beaumont Hospital as well as pri-
vate groups like Accent Reduction
— are about 13 weeks in length.
Although the instructors keep the
in-class time to one hour, all em-
phasize the need to practice.
Because the classes are kept
small for more individualized at-
tention, they are held anywhere
from the hospital to the work-
place to a private home.
Generally speaking, the class-
es are effective in reducing an ac-
cent by 50 percent, although it
depends on a client's willingness
to continue the course work out-
side of the classroom.
"That's a significant improve-
ment for a math professor pre-
senting a lesson or a doctor
making rounds," Ms. Fairbroth-
er said.
Dr. Naz-Mian said one aspect
of the class she took through
Sinai's Speech and Audiology De-
partment helped her to learn
American slang, something not
usually taught in ESL classes.
"We were also given para-

graphs of literature that we were

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