The school year is
over, and all the children (and their parents!) are ready for a switch
to summer schedule. We asked Dr. Gindis if he has any recommendations,
related to this time of the year, for the parents of recently internationally
Well, it's certainly a great time
to enjoy any sports activities and outdoors, sleep a bit more and have
fun in the sun. But - there is always a "but!" Internationally
adopted older children who joined your family recently or children who
may have been adopted as early as toddlers but will go to school or
pre-school the first time next fall, are in a special situation.
First, let's look at those who arrived
recently. In most cases, these children are in the process of intense
cognitive and language remediation which will continue for several years.
School and family are the main framework for their remedial process,
and both are very important, creating necessary intensity for advancement.
Intensity is the key here. All children have a tendency to slide back
in the academic language progress during summer time, which is no surprise.
Internationally adopted children are even more prone to this slide,
but for most of them some form of a continuing effort to compensate
academically is desirable during the summer as well. If your child is
eligible for summer school or any extra-curriculum program, do not let
this opportunity for recovery consolidation pass by, go for it. For
those who were considering external remedial programs like the Lindermood-Bell
program, summer may be the best time to do it. Every remedial effort
will pay off later.
For parents whose internationally
adopted children will enter the school system in the fall, it is very
important to be alert and involved in everything education-related in
their children's life: it is not so rare for adopted children who did
not show any delays prior to school entrance to begin displaying some
signs of learning disabilities, which both parents and teachers tend
to discount initially as temporary adjustments to schooling. It's better
to be overly cautious than waste time when your help is needed.
Entering school is a memorable
moment for every child; it's up to us to make these memories positive.
Happy holiday to everyone!
What, and How You Should Teach Your Preschooler
of the most important things you can do for your child is to offer an
environment rich in learning opportunities. If you give your child the
opportunity to learn then he will learn -- it really is as simple as
Boris Gindis, Ph.D.
Home-Based Cognitive and Language Remediation Program for Internationally
SmartStart program is a useful tool for any family with young children.
It offers traditional family activities and games, which parents are
invited to make more meaningful and remedial for their children without
taking the fun out. These activities are not randomly picked; they are
selected to reflect what is currently known about best practices in
promoting cognitive and social development of young children.