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is 15 years old and is placed in the 8th grade. Her most significant
problems are coming from Math. She is suffering from Post Traumatic
Stress. She will result to cheating from time to time. I truly believe
that the lack of accommodations in the past has left her with a
less than solid academic foundation. This is a student who could
be absolutely lost once she enters the high school next year. What
accommodations would be appropriate to begin the process of preparation
for the next level?
described a somewhat typical story of an older internationally adopted
child, who was neglected educationally in her own country and who
apparently did not receive enough remedial support on arrival. Both
of these factors, especially if combined, can lead to the Cumulative
Cognitive Deficit (CCD) in a child. It appears that your child needed
and still needs an intensive remedial effort. She should be placed
with her peers in all non-academic subjects (to prevent the intensification
of her emotional issues) and offered remedial classes/help in every
academic subject, especially in math. The appropriate educational
testing should show you how far back in the curriculum she needs
to go. She has to acquire and reinforce the basics, and experience
some success to be willing to go further and work harder. The intensity
of the efforts is the key, as she apparently missed a lot of time
(it takes time to develop CCD), and the negative attitudes toward
cognitive activities settled in. But the longer is the delay and
the weaker is the intensity of the efforts, the less successful
may be the remediation.
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Gindis, Ph. D.
adopted post-institutionalized students
in an ESL class
Historically, ESL was designed for students from new immigrant
families. At present, ESL is a mandatory, federally funded program for
every non-English speaking child who enters the public school system.
The teaching methodology of ESL programs is for children from families
where another language is spoken. Moreover, the acceptance into the
program assumes this premise. However, from the time of adoption internationally
adopted children live in monolingual (English only) families, not in
the families where "other-than-English" language is used.
Indeed, we have a unique and paradoxical situation when students, who
are legally eligible for ESL, have the English language as their home
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
and managing the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult intimate
Relationships are best when wholesome and respectful.
Childhood sexual abuse can harm people as children and then gain when
as adults they seek intimate expression. However, problems can be overcome...
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for the Trip to Bring the Child Home
parent medicine chest or what medicines to bring with you on your adoption
trip, in case your child gets sick.
Gordina, MD, FAAP
As with the other aspects of an adoption,
there is a great deal of controversy around the question of what medications
to bring with you on your trip. There are elaborate packages of antibiotics
and other prescription medications that are marketed to adoptive families.
The major question is what to treat? with what to treat? and actually
to treat or not to treat at all?
back with you:
and reliability of records in Russian orphanages
by Alla Gordina, MD, FAAP
During the process of adoption
from the Former Soviet Unions (FSU), families are forced to ascertain
the health and developmental status of their potential child based on
medical reports provided by orphanages, evaluation by the in-country
medical professionals (when available), and on the familys personal
experience during the visit(s) with the child in the orphanage. Proper
use of the documents, typically present in any orphanage file, can make
the process of adoption more informed and somewhat less stressful. Besides
the medical and educational value of such documents, there is a potential
present and future sentimental value of this paperwork to the adoptive
family and adopted child.
educational information you need to bring back from Russia
Boris Gindis Ph.D.
While in Russia, try to obtain educational
information, important for your child's proper academic placement in
the USA. It is a well-known fact that actual academic performance (even
in an other country, foreign language, and different curriculum) is
the best future academic functioning predictor. This happens because
of a transfer of knowledge, academic skills, and work habits from one
language to another, from one educational system to another. It is important
to know your child's actual academic status in Russian school ...