Newsletter #6 for Internationally Adopting Parents
February 19, 2006
PAL Center Inc.

In this issue

Adoption training courses are convenient and most affordable way
to quickly access a psychological consultation on the issues you
need to address.
Check out the course library,
use the opportunity to speak to the instructors

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Attachment Institute of
New England Presents


Building a Community of Support: Meeting the Challenge for Adoptive Families

  • Dr. Aaron & Louise Lazare
    UMass Medical School Chancellor and adoptive parents of 8 children
  • Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
    Specialist in Cognitive Development
  • Adam Pertman
    Author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America

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Latest Articles
from the

International Adoption Articles Directory

Harriet White McCarthy

Artificial Twinning
"Artificial Twinning" is a term used in domestic adoptions to describe the process of adopting two children at the same time who are less that nine months apart in age and biologically unrelated. Most domestic adoption and social welfare agencies prohibit the practice because it is so stressful to adopting parents and counter productive for the children. The only way to complete the adoption of "artificial twins" successfully is to work without official approval.

Survey of Children Adopted From Eastern Europe - The Need for Special School Services
The current research involves collecting data from the parents of post-institutionalized children for the purpose of determining the specific resources these children will need during their years in school. While many Eastern European adoptees may glide smoothly through the educational system without needing any additional help, it's clear from data collected at ongoing support networks that a great many of them will need some kind of assistance over and above ESL services during their school careers.

Sensory Integration Disorder in Children Adopted from Eastern Europe
Sensory Integration Disorder is a condition in which incoming sensation and information are processed abnormally and perceived to be other than they actually are or are intentioned. A child may feel pain when very light touch is applied; another may feel nothing unless the pressure is very deep or significant. One child may see all things around him as a threat while another has dangerously little fear of injury. Sensory malfunction can exist in the realm of taste, sight, hearing, touch, or movement. In some cases, an individual's life will be significantly impacted. Since so many newly adopted children from Eastern Europe may have this condition, an evaluation is often indicated.

Occupational Therapy Needs Explored
An evaluation for sensory issues is as important as an evaluation for developmental issues in newly arrived children, and I have always recommended a scheduled appointment with a Developmental Pediatrician be made as soon as possible. An additional evaluation by an occupational therapist trained in sensory issues is well worth the modest price and a little more of your time.

From our database:
Can Parenting Be Just a Little Bit Easier?

Tantrums Getting the Better of You?
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

What’s So Terrible About Being Two?
Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Early Toilet Training Grandmother Style
Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP

Transitioning Your Baby To Sleep
Jimmy Byars

When, What, and How You Should Teach Your Preschooler
Deanna Mascle


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