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Newsletter #86 for Internationally Adopting Parents
April 10, 2008
PAL Center Inc.

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Q. There has been a ton of work done on language delays, how those delays
affect speaking, reading, etc., however, there is little or no information that I can find about addressing the actual delay in the language acquisition of my adopted 12 years ago daughter.

A. You are correct in respect to a limited number of methodologies to work with language learning issues that can be successful. But there are a few, which target a very narrow range of disabilities in children and give good results in some cases (if the disability is identified correctly) and have no effect in other cases (presumably when the disability has a different etiology). 12 years after the adoption, it won't really make a difference in treatment of language delay to try to find out how the fact of language loss and replacement with a new one in early childhood effected the problem: the problem is here now and it needs to be addressed. At this point I would recommend to concentrate on the clinical picture of your daughter's disability (have a professional analyze the performed assessments outcomes or, possibly, do some separate specific new tests which were missed or misinterpreted) and try to match the findings with the most appropriate methodology that exists for children with such affliction in general (adopted internationally or not).

B. Gindis Ph.D.

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What About Food?

Internationally adopted children come from the countries where they were used to different food and eating habits. Parents should be careful with what their children eat, especially during the initial adjustment period, introducing new and healthy food and reinforcing healthy habits consistently and thoughtfully like you would with other patterns of behavior.

Chris Robertson
Produce: the roots of good health
Even if we roll our eyes when we hear it, "Eat your veggies" is a maxim that we'd be well advised to heed. Our mothers and grandmothers instinctively knew that fresh fruit and vegetables were good for us, and science has reinforced the value of fresh produce in keeping our bodies in peak condition. Nevertheless, we often skimp on eating root vegetables, either because they seem boring or we don't know how to best prepare them.

Maya Sharma
How to relieve hemorrhoids
Eating the right kind of food and following good eating habits will speed up the healing of your hemorrhoids. If you have a diet that is hard to digest and moves slowly through your colon, then, expect to have constipation which will encourage formation of hemorrhoids or prevent the their healing.

Keeping up a diet with hungry kids around!
If you are a mom at home on a diet, you will probably relate to a frequent situation in the life of a mom! Many of my clients with children are able to keep to a healthy eating plan through most circumstances except two. It all starts to go astray when the kids come home from school, or when they are preparing school lunches.

Michael South
Eucalyptus: an essential oil favorite
Eucalyptus has a predominately stimulating effect on the nervous system and therefore should assist those suffering from depression and lethargy. Known as a ‘stimulating’ expectorant due to its invigorating action on the mucus membranes, it is widely considered an effective remedy for respiratory ills. Additionally Eucalyptus is used to relieve muscular aches and pains, in particular those of a ‘cold’ nature such as rheumatic pains.

Robert Baird
Herbalism-herbal remedies
Since children have a higher metabolic rate, and good underlying energy in most cases, herbs which stimulate the circulation are generally to be avoided. Herbal teas are one of the most suitable forms of treatment.

Chester Ku-Lea
Set your kids up for cooking success
Gone are the days where all families eat at the dinner table, children grow up cooking alongside their parents and one generation shares family recipes with the next. Life seems to be more hectic than ever and kids don’t often get the chance to develop good cooking habits, which affect their health in the long run. And for some, bad eating results in obesity and other poor health conditions.

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