Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children
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General Information and Resources
on Language Development in International Adoption:
Language development guidelines for children adopted
internationally broken out by ages (0-12 months; 13-18 months;
19-24 months; and 25-30 months)
- MLJ Adoptions has a great article about language loss and learning in children adopted internationally.
Development In Internationally Adopted Children" is a 2004
article that discusses the stuggled that adopted children from
China face in language development.
The Center for Adoption Medicine has a great
list of resources related to language development in adoptive
to do if you suspect your child is not acquiring language fast
enough or has a language delay.
"Language Outcomes of Internationally Adopted
School-Aged Children", published in the 2009 International
Adoption Project Newsletter, is a preliminary report on the
findings about language development, and about hearing loss issues
with children adopted internationally.
Language Development in Internationally Adopted
Children is a good website. The site is sponsored by Towson
University and provides information on how language develops in
internationally adopted kids, the impact of institutional life on
language development, questions parents can ask, and what you can
do to help language development.
Language and Memory Project This is an ongoing
study by the Minnesota International Adoption Project. In the fall
of 2007 they reported preliminary findings that age of adoption
and duration of time spent in institutional care (e.g. orphanage
care) impact an internationally adopted children’s language
skills during the school-age years.
Harvard University Study of Language Development in
Internationally Adopted Children Harvard is studying the
language development of kids adopted internationally and has
published two reports that are available online.
The Boston Globe summarized some fascinating research
on language acquisition in internationally adopted kids in an
article titled "Adoptees offer clues on skills of language
development". Harvard researchers have been studying language
acquisition of internationally adopted kids. They have found that
these adopted children learn English in the same sequence as
babies: starting with single words and progressing to word
combination and complex grammar. The believe that it is the nature
of language itself that dictates how it is learned and by observing
the patterns of how children adopted from abroad acquire English,
they can develop new and better ways to teach language. Feb.
Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A
Parent's Complete Guide to Language Development by
Drs. Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson. A guide to how children acquire
language from birth to age five. This would be a general
informational book and is not intended as a guide for language
delayed kids, but can help you understand "normal" language
First Signs is a fabulous first-stop website if
you have concerns that your child is not developing normally. First
Signs is dedicated to educating parents and professionals about the
early warning signs of autism and related developmental and
behavioral disorders, as well as learning disabilities. This site
covers early warning signs, screenings, and treatment. As a bonus
they also have a nifty page on understanding your insurance
coverage. Great site!
The Parents Guide to Speech and Language
Problems by Debbie Feit. This is a good starting place to
understand language disorders and what you can do. She lists
resources as well.
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