Newsletter #38 for Internationally Adopting Parents
November 5, 2006
PAL Center Inc.

In this issue

Group Consultations
Announcement of a group consultation service at BGCenter

The format of a group consultation:

Focused on a specific post-adoption issue, a small group of 3-8 families (parents, no children) gathers at the BGCenter on the date and time, scheduled for the group of your choice led by one or several moderators.

A moderator is a professional (child psychologist, therapist, pediatrician, school administrator or lawyer) specializing in the related services to adoptive families and/or children.

Every consultation includes:

  • Introduction
  • The moderator's presentation on the specified issue
  • Case presentation by each family with group discussion and the moderator's recommendations
  • Concluding remarks by the moderator: action plan for dealing with the problem in question

The length of a consultation session is 3 hours.

The list of subjects offered for discussion and consultation, prices, schedules, and moderators will be announced.

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

This week we have received so many new articles
that it's practically impossible to fit them all into a Newsletter.
Here we publish only several of them.
You can find the rest of the articles going to the Directory at
We will make every effort to present the rest of the new articles
in the next issues of the Newsletter.
From the Editor
Martha Osborne
Infertility Shock
Finding out you are infertile is a painful ordeal. Knowing the options and stages of acceptance can help a couple form new plans and find support.

Martha Osborne
Adoption: Second Choice or Just Another Choice?

The new American family formed by adoption is not always made up of the traditional infertile couple. Today singles, couples, older parents are all considering adoption as a way to expand a family and share their parenting skills and love with children.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Out of Control and Pseudomature Teens
Don't let their good arguments fool you... They haven't a clue!

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Attention Divided by Divorce
The effects of divorce on children can mimick ADD - here's how...
Speech Pathologist's Corner

Signs of Possible Language Disorders

  1. Inattentiveness when you give instructions.
  2. Difficulty with sequencing of operations during play or manual activities; or performing everyday household activities.
  3. Frequent inability to express thoughts, to a degree inconsistent with assessed, demonstrated, or assumed potential.
  4. Difficulty in getting ideas across to children in a work or play group, when other children express dissatisfaction with the child's communication style.
  5. "Clowning" behavior in situations where disruption masks inability to perform or to pay attention.
  6. Extreme forgetfulness, even in situations of obvious importance to the child-particularly in situations that occur on a regular basis.
  7. Lack of communication with you or with peers, which can often be misinterpreted as natural reticence or quietness. Be aware of this especially when a limited English proficiency can mask it. Since communication disorders may occur in people of all nationalities and races, teachers need to be particularly aware of when reticence/quietness is normal, caused by inability to speak passable school English, or a mask for a possible communication disorder. In these cases, it is wise to consult with the school.
  8. Coping behaviors, where the child has established a set of nonverbal signals to substitute for oral language.
  9. Lack of progress in school on instructional assessments, particularly in the areas of sequencing, recalling details, and general comprehension.
  10. Withdrawal or exclusion from group activities requiring discussion, cooperation, planning or dependence on members carrying out a task.
  11. Self-expressed frustration with school tasks or even with the ability to learn. The set of behaviors labeled as "poor self-concept" often gives a clue that a communication disorder might be involved.
  12. Disjointed conversational style, to a degree unusual for the age and developmental level.
  13. Compiled by Natalia Likhtik
    Licensed Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist


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