International Adoption Info

Newsletter #73 for Internationally Adopting Parents
October 11, 2007
PAL Center Inc.



Group Therapy at BGCenter

Self-Regulation & Social Skills


Children (7-12 years old) with difficulties in:

  • Establishing and maintaining interpersonal connections
  • 'Reading' behavioral cues and non-verbal communications and exercising social judgment
  • Recognizing and regulating their impulses and needs
  • Controlling inappropriate behaviors (lying, stealing)
  • Anger management

The group therapy cycle is 10 sessions: 8 weekly sessions with the children and 2 monthly sessions with the parents.

Maintenance and "booster" meetings are available on monthly basis thereafter.

Group therapy sessions are ongoing. Space is limited to 4-5 children per group. Screening process is conducted to ensure the members of each group have compatible profiles of strengths and weakness.

The sessions include role-playing, applied interpersonal problem solving, training in reading non-verbal behaviors, learning self-management/ self-regulation techniques along with appropriate social and interpersonal negotiation techniques (aggressive communication vs. assertive communication).

The main goal of the group therapy is to provide children with compensatory and coping strategies that make undesirable behaviors unnecessary and ineffective in meeting their needs. Each child will receive individualized intervention and feedback, and the parents will be provided with feedback and "take home" tools and ideas.


Saturday 1:30-2:20
Ida Jeltova, Ph.D.
Phone (201) 757-0600
BGCenter, 150 Execute Airport Park, Suite 152
Nanuet, NY 10954


$1120 per cycle (10 sessions)

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An Alcohol-Related Neuro-developmental Disorder (ARND) - is a well-known and well-researched affliction. The extreme degree of this disorder is commonly known as FAS - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The specificity of FAS in post-institutional children adopted internationally from Eastern Europe (mostly from the republics of former Soviet Union), is much less researched and less known and is the subject of this article. It is based on my own clinical experience working with international adoptees (IA) since 1992 at the BGCenter (Nanuet, NY). In the database of our center there are over 80 clinical cases of adopted children diagnosed with a different degree of ARND, who went through a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment between 2000 and 2007. Over 20% of these children were repeatedly evaluated over the years to monitor the dynamic of their development; they constitute the so-called longitudinal cases. My observations and commentary are based on these data.

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