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Newsletter #163 for Internationally Adopting Parents
October 30, 2013
PAL Center Inc.

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Boris Gindis, Ph.D

In the series of articles Dr. Gindis explains what happens with the language of adoptees from foreign countries when they arrive to the US and begin their life in American families. Dr. Gindis explains why language metamorphosis in internationally adopted children are often the reason for so many school issues, specific to these children only and what parents need to know to help their children to overcome these problems.

What should adoptive parents know about their children’s language-based school difficulties?

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Part 2.

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Language switch in international adoptees

Birth language replacement in older internationally adopted children is closely connected with an intense cultural adjustment. There is a cultural gap there to bridge and it takes years to overcome. The replacement process, no matter how fast they forget the native language and appear to be monolingual, is one of many continuous stressors to contend with for children relocated from impoverished and trauma producing environments. We see the psychological consequences of this process: immature behavior, accumulation of cognitive delays, inability to quickly grasp social queues that produce difficulties with socialization and peer interactions, lack of confidence and motivation to overcome difficulties, and an explosive behavior as a result. Language related issues should be of primary concern for adoptive families and schools alike.

Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP
What parents need to know about speech-language assessment of older internationally adopted children
The article discusses language development of older IA children. It explains the difference between communicative and cognitive language competencies, offers pre-adoption recommendations, addresses pre-assessment preparations, and provides recommendations on best speech-language assessment practices for post-institutionalized children adopted at older ages.

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Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Abrupt native language loss in international adoptees
Dr. Gindis looks at a psychological phenomenon, specific almost exclusively to international adoptees - an abrupt native language loss after the adoption, and evaluates its consequences for the child's family life and schooling

Tatyana Elleseff MA CCC-SLP
Stimulating Language Abilities of Internationally Adopted Children: Fun with Ready-Made Fall and Halloween Bingo
The article explains how to incorporate ready made thematic bingo games (Fall and Halloween) to stimulate the speech and language abilities of internationally adopted preschool and school aged children. It provides ideas for parents and professionals on how to target specific skills such as rhyming, articulation, vocabulary expansion, problem solving, etc through educational activities that stimulate interest, increase task participation as well as facilitate concept retention.


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