International Adoption Info

Newsletter #84 for Internationally Adopting Parents
March 13, 2008
PAL Center Inc.


Dr. Gindis presents

    Q. How is SmartStart
    different from the Bright Start methodology?
    A. The difference between SmartStart and Bright Start is primarily in the fact that for the SmartStart you do not really need to be trained - the introduction of the first unit and brief explanations in the rest of the units are sufficient: these are every day, natural for a family life activities, which parents need to fill in with more cognitive content vs. what they would do and say without any programming.
    Bright Start is developed for the same age children, but less family oriented and requires a mediator training in this methodology implementation.

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Niels Peter Rygaard
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