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Newsletter #120 for Internationally Adopting Parents
November 12, 2009 PAL Center Inc.


BGCenter Opens its
West Coast Office -
the BGCenter-West!

Dr. B. Gindis
will travel between offices and
provide services in both Centers

opens in cooperation with
Leaps and Bounds
Pediatric Therapy Center

at 1760 E Pecos Rd.
Gilbert, AZ 85296

Please call the main number at
for the advanced scheduling
in both locations

Conferences and Workshops

Sunday, November 22, 2009
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The 29th Annual APC
Adoption Conference

Dr. Gindis presents:

Psychological Assessment of Internationally Adopted Children

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder in International Adoptees

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Autistic Child

Institutional autism is understood as a learned behavior produced by an institutional environment such as an orphanage. Some autistic-like behaviors may be adaptive in an institution, but become mal-adaptive after the child's adoption into a family. A differential diagnosis between autism as a medical condition and learned autistic-like post-institutional behaviors is to be made.

A conclusion is drawn that institutional autism is merely a description of certain patterns of post-institutionalized behavior that may appear similar to what is observed in children with autism. Abrupt native language attrition, typical for the majority of international adoptees, could contribute to autistic-like behavior.

Given the fact that the core features of autism are delayed or impaired language skills and communication, professionals widely advise families to only speak and teach one language to their autistic child, namely the official language of the country they live in. Bilingual families are therefore faced with the traumatic decision of deciding which language they should raise their autistic child in.

Internationally adopted children with autistic features are in a especially difficult situation: they may become nonverbal, forgetting the native language and not being able to learn the new one at an age appropriate level.

Dr. B. Gindis
Institutional Autism In Children Adopted Internationally:
Myth Or Reality?

Nicole Beurkens
Nonverbal Communication: What’s it all about?

Internet Digest
Molnar-Szakacs, PhD (ADVANCE Newsletter)
Emotion in the Autistic Brain

Hilda Pressman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S (ADVANCE Newsletter)
NJ Law Mandates Autism Treatment Coverage
New classes will open soon at the BGCenter Online School

Online class PC1
The first year home: What to expect and how to respond

Dr. Patty Cogen, the author of the book
Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child--from your first hours together through the teen years.

Online class SJM1
Adopting a Child From Birth
to Three Years Old

Jean Roe Mauro, LCSW and Sara-Jane Hardman, the authors
of the book

If I love my kid enough

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