International Adoption Info

Newsletter #50 for Internationally Adopting Parents
March 1, 2007
PAL Center Inc.

In This Issue

Adoption training courses are convenient and
most affordable way
to quickly access professional advice on the issues you
need to address.

Check out the course library,
use an opportunity to speak to the instructors

How to request a bilingual evaluation for
your school age child

A bilingual psycho-educational evaluation of a child on arrival is difficult to overestimate. It can help avoid a lot of future problems for the child and the family. You can rule out learning disability in the native language (or confirm it) and measure the actual developmental and educational status of your child before the native language disappeared and the process of learning of the new language can interfere. Your child may become eligible for the additional (special education services) from the very beginning without waiting for years when the problems escalate and the child is acknowledged as having problems and can at last be tested in the English language.

You receive this newsletter as a former client or correspondent of
the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment & Remediation, or a former student
of the BGCenter Online School,
or a user of the International Adoption Articles Directory.


Latest Articles
from the

International Adoption Articles Directory

Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Notes on ADHD in internationally adopted children
ADHD in post-orphanage children is a matter of great practical significance and is an emotionally charged issue for adoptive parents. I have to point out that the core of ADHD - impulsivity, restlessness, and inattentiveness - may be symptoms of many other disorders, or just one of the characteristics of post-orphanage behavior, or social adjustment.

Marina Neiman
How to find age appropriate toys for children
Fond memories of childhood usually bring to mind a favorite toy. A cuddly doll, colorful crayons, or a special wagon are all childhood favorites. Toys bring a great deal of joy to children, but they also can be valuable learning tools. Exploring, pretending, and sharing are just a few of the important skills children develop while they play. Toys don't have to be expensive. Cardboard boxes in the backyard and measuring cups in the bathtub are favorite standards. But parents who do wish to purchase toys may find it helpful to know what toys to choose and which to avoid for children of different ages.

Mitamins Team
Vitamins for better sight
In underdeveloped countries, inadequate nutrition is the main cause of blindness. Vitamins are antioxidants that keep our body including our eyes healthy. Vitamins A, C, and E have all been shown to be important in eye health There is increasing evidence that many fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and fish contains components which are important for eye health.

Dave Owen
Your children should learn vegetable gardening
If you can create a sense of nature, patience, and an appreciation of work they’ve done themselves in your children, you will have accomplished something great. This will have provided them one of the longest lasting gifts you could give them. One way to accomplish this is to encourage them to learn vegetable gardening. All that is needed is a small patch of earth, some seeds, and water. Some other things that may be added along the way will be wonder, laughter, and dirty faces. All of this will be mixed together to provide a very memorable project and experience.

Summer Hosting Preparation Time
Is Here Again

  • Subscribe to the lists where you can find information on summer hosting. is one of the places to look for a group you are
    interested in joining

  • Find out the agency that manages hosting of orphanage children from abroad in
    your area

  • Get prepared for the experience!
    The online course
    Hosting Orphans From Abroad helps potential adoptive parents prepare for the hosting experience with older children from foreign orphanages and have a lot of “How?” and “Why?” questions answered. The instructors go into every detail of your encounter with a post-institutionalized older child in your own home, explaining what to expect and how to manage this unique opportunity

  • Alleviate your concerns coming for an In-office psychological consultation
    about your hosted child's developmental status


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