#110 for Internationally Adopting Parents
May 14, 2009
PAL Center Inc.
International Adoption Articles Directory
Speech and Language
of International Adoptees
Speech and language
problems continue to be important issues for the internationally adopted
children and their parents years after the adoption. They should be
addressed early on, as a lack of progress may directly affect the child's
educational success, emotional well being and behavior. Articles below
from the specialists in speech/language and cognitive development remediation
point out again and again at the necessity of special efforts and methods
of working on your child's cognitive language development.
Elleseff MA CCC-SLP
Strategies for Improving the Language Abilities of Your Adopted School-Age
This article describes fun and functional
ways of improving your adopted school age child's language abilities
via popular games the whole family can enjoy. It also describes the
hierarchy of language acquisition skills as well as offers some ideas
and suggestions for successful implementation of strategies to increase
your child's abilities and promote maximum learning success.
Signs of Speech and Language Delay in Young Internationally Adopted
This article was inspired by a telephone consultation with a prospective
parent concerned about a 3 year old child from South America, who she
was considering for adoption. A pediatrician evaluated the child and
gave him a clean bill of health but was doubtful about his
speech: the child was not talking at all and instead pointed at things
as a means of expressing himself. The child had a hearing test which
came back fine.
Carol S. Lidz Psy.D.
courses or CD
SmartStart Program: Helping Your Internationally Adopted Child Develop
a Foundation for Learning
school tells us that our son's difficulties in school are because he
is translating from Russian to English. He is 8 and had no formal schooling.
He came in 2006 and started 3rd grade. Speaks no Russian. Does he do
school is completely, completely wrong! Your son has no language to
translate from - his Russian was gone within the first several months
of adoption, and the English language is his only language, which is
typical for the children adopted into American family speaking English
only. This happens even when the children have a well developed native
language by the time of adoption; it happens even faster when the children
come with significant language delays.
If your son struggles with English after 3 years of living in the US,
he definitely has issues which are not related to the new language acquisition
only. Were your school professionals knowledgeable of the specifics
of language learning process by international adoptees, they would do
an assessment of your child in the Russian language on arrival and provided
the child with the necessary services and support from the start. They
did not do it apparently and thus lost 3 years when he could have been
helped, and it would have been much easier for him to catch up.
Your son needs a psycho-educational assessment ASAP to be eligible for
all remedial services at school.
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