Supporting Development in Internationally Adopted Children
Early Childhood
Provides an evidence-based, multi-faceted description of children adopted from abroad and examines their post-adoption developmental progress, while also providing intervention strategies for working with this population.
71912 978-1-59857-191-2
2012 264
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Thousands of children are adopted from outside the United States each year—and professionals must be ready to meet their complex needs and recognize when to refer them for assessments and services. This is the evidence-based resource professionals need to fully understand the development of children adopted from abroad, make appropriate recommendations and referrals, and choose interventions that ensure the best outcomes.

Professionals working with internationally adopted children will

  • recognize how the developmental milestones of internationally adopted children may differ from those of other children
  • increase their accuracy in referring internationally adopted children for further developmental assessments and services
  • understand the impact of specific issues associated with international adoption, including transitions in language and relationship development, health care, social interaction, and cultural values
  • discover effective intervention strategies for each developmental area
  • study the theoretical foundations for the development of internationally adopted children

Get in-depth, research-based chapters on 7 key aspects of development for children adopted from abroad—physical growth, health and motor development; social-emotional development; cognitive development; inhibitition, self-regulation, attention and memory development; hearing, speech and feeding development; prelinguistic, receptive and expressive language development; social communication development.

With the clear and helpful referral indicators in each chapter, it's much easier for professionals to make educated decisions about whether a child needs further assessment. And the diverse case studies and lists of key points make the book's critical takeaways easy to remember and implement.

A must-have for a wide range of professionals—including early interventionists, educators, SLPs, therapists, pediatricians, and social workers—this book is the key to appropriate services that ensure the best outcomes for children adopted from abroad.

About the Author
About the Contributors
Foreword Carol Westby, Ph.D
Foreword Femmie Juffer, Ph.D.

  1. Theoretical Foundations for the Development of Internationally Adopted Children
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

  2. Physical Growth, Health, and Motor Development
    Jennifer S. Ladage & Sarah Harris

  3. Social-Emotional and Relationship Development
    Samantha L. Wilson

  4. Cognitive Development
    Samantha L. Wilson

  5. Inhibition, Self-regulation, Attention, and Memory Development
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

  6. Hearing, Speech, and Feeding Development
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

  7. Prelinguistic, Receptive, and Expressive Language Development
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

  8. Social Communication Development
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

  9. Intervention Strategies
    Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich, Samantha L. Wilson, Sarah Harris, & Jennifer S. Ladage



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: PsycCRITIQUES (APA) - November 2, 2012
"...Highly recommended reading. The editor and her collaborators must be congratulated for this significant contribution. The updated and well-integrated review of the research data on internationally adopted children is one of the book's unquestionable assets. The practical contents relevant to the postadoption clinical practice with useful referral indicators, illustrated with case studies, is another strong point and no doubt the most innovative aspect of the book."
Patton Tabors, Author, One Child, Two Languages, Second Edition - September 19, 2011
"Anyone seeking guidance and suggestions for intervention with an internationally adopted child will find this volume an invaluable resource."
Mary Jo Noonan, Professor of Special Education, University of Hawaii; mother of two internationally adopted children - August 21, 2011
"An honest and empirical review of the development and status of children who were adopted internationally . . . [The authors] provide an objective look at the actual effects of institutionalization, the developmental needs of some of the children, and the amazing resilience found in most of the children!"
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