International Adoption Articles
We all know that internationally adopted children may
often need an intense remedial work at school to compensate for their
difficult start in life and catch up with their peers academically.
A lot can and should be done at home, and it does not need to be another
classroom session. The activities can be fun and emotionally and cognitively
rich at the same time.
Here is a new article of Deanna Mascle, who speaks
about the ways to make your child more interested in developing this
vitally necessary skill of reading.
8 specific ways you can make your child a reader!
We published articles on what else you (and your babysitter)
can do with your child at home. See the recent articles of Dr. Boris
Activities to Promote Healthy Development
important task in the first weeks and months of adoption is to strengthen
attachment with your internationally adopted child. Playing and taking
care of the childs basic needs (feeding, bathing, etc.) will constitute
your major occupation at this time. Without being intrusive, try to
have as much physical contact with the child as possible using shared
SmartStart: Home-Based Cognitive and Language Remediation Program for
Internationally Adopted Children
The parents of internationally
adopted children specifically need to work on their child's cognitive
language and, possibly, missed learning skills, normally acquired by
the child's peers in this country without special training. The activities
are selected to promote cognitive development in 7 areas (one unit -
one area), and are not just a mere collection of typical for the age
activities. The value of these sets of activities is in giving you the
understanding and the examples of why and how mediation (explanation
to the child) is done.