Some thoughts on medical, psychological
and specialized assessments
developmental evaluation of an internationally adopted child: is it
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
psycho-educational and speech and language assessments of a school age
child are the exception rather than the rule. Too often, school districts
assume a "wait-and-see" attitude, rejecting request for such
an evaluation and suggesting "to wait until the child learns more
English." In many cases, however, parents cannot afford losing
any time without proper assessment and remediation of an internationally
does my child need: neuropsychological or psycho-educational assessment?
When choosing an evaluation for your internationally
adopted child, you basically are making a choice between the three brunches
of contemporary psychological services: clinical-, school-, and neuro-psychology.
It is assumed that all three types of psychological services are provided
by doctorate level (having either Ph.D. or Psy. D. titles after their
names) licensed child psychologists.
is OT and what are general OT needs of the internationally adopted child?
Mary-Margaret Windsor, ScD, OTR/L
who have experienced physical and social deprivation or trauma often
exhibit delays and disruptions in their performance of normal life tasks
and activities (occupations). In addition, the circumstances of institutionalization
often force the child to develop atypical adaptive responses and behaviors
(i.e., gaze aversion, fear, and lack of attachment with adults; attention
getting through aggression; antagonism or withdrawal when relating to
to choose a pediatrician for your child