#36 for Internationally Adopting Parents
October 22, 2006
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Extension at BGCenter
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In this issue of the Newsletter we introduce a new member of the Bilingual
Extension group at BGCenter
Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP, Diplomate, American Board
of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Professor
of Neurology, New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldberg is
a neuropsychologist, scientist, author, and educator, internationally
renowned for his clinical work, research and writings.
At the same time we are happy to announce that a new service
is now available
at the BGCenter for children, exhibiting symptoms of significant cognitive
impairments (ex.: memory, comprehension, attention, language), behavioral
problems and executive deficit, and/or emotional disturbance. The service
includes both neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessments,
conducted as separate but coordinated evaluations, and provides a detailed
analysis of the neurological impairment in question as well as remedial
programming and school-related educational recommendations for the child.
A team of two most experienced in their respective domains professionals
Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg (neuropsychology) and Dr. Boris Gindis (developmental
and educational psychology) will combine their efforts to work with
you and your child to determine the roots of the impairment and to develop
the best remedial program for the child at school and outside of it.
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assessment, or psycho-educational assessment, or two in one?
There are cases when a psychological, or educational,
or psycho-educational, or neuropsychological assessments and even their
abbreviated version (like psycho-educational screening) are perfectly
sufficient to reach the goal: help the child to do his/her best in their
new American family and society at large. But there are "difficult
cases," when brain-based problems underlie the behavior and performance
of a child, and only a team work of highly specialized professionals
coordinating their efforts according to a predefined plan can help.
In the article below Dr. Boris Gindis
explains the difference between neuropsychological or psycho-educational
assessments of an internationally adopted child and helps you understand
which professional you should look for.
Boris Gindis Ph. D.
does my child need: neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessment?
Questions and Answers
We've adopted a little girl who matches your description of institutional
autism - she can do all the new things we've taught her, but hasn't
got the basics from that first year in the orphanage. We're about
to get matched with a second girl - but will having a sister have
a good or bad effect on our four-year-old? Should we go ahead?
I will leave the reference to the institutional autism out of discussion
at this point: it's a separate issue and, if you have reasons to believe
that your child demonstrates some patterns of autistic behavior, you
should go to a professional without delays.
Now, the subject
of matching children through adoption.
First of all, adopting
the next child you should consider change in the dynamics of your family.
You have only one child until now, and she certainly is used to being
the center of attention. Are you prepared to the inevitable split of
attention and diminished individual time with the first child and the
effects it will have on everyone?
The other important thing
is the age of the second child: it's natural for the new member to be
the youngest and less experienced and independent, receive support and
direction from the older sibling and grow into this dynamic. It's not
natural to be an older sibling but less experienced and adjusted, with
weaker, initially at least, English language and social skills (I assume
that you adopt the second child internationally too). So, are you, your
family and the children you are matching, up to this additional challenge
on top of other adoption issues and challenges? You are the only one
who can answer this question.
Boris Gindis Ph. D.
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