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General recommendations for ordering/creating pre-adoption videotapes

Age group 1 - 5 years old

The quality of a video should be adequate: it should be in focus, include close-ups and short-distance pictures.
The length of the video should be not less than 5 minutes, optimally 7-12 minutes.
The date of taping should be recorded on tape to avoid the mistakes with the developmental/chronological age correlation.
Start with the date and place of recording, child's name, date of birth.
The setting should be familiar and comfortable for a child.
The caregivers working with a child during taping should be familiar to the child.
The age appropriate and familiar toys should be used during taping.
The video should preferably depict episodes, separated by several days or even weeks.
The caregivers should not over-stimulate the child; they should let the child react naturally.
            
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