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Chicago-Based Resources for Toddler/PreSchool/Older Child Adoption

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  • jeanmari
    Hello- My husband, daughter and I are awaiting a referral for a 24-36 month old from Ethiopia any time now and we were asked by our agency to fill out a list
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 9, 2011
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      Hello-

      My husband, daughter and I are awaiting a referral for a 24-36 month old from Ethiopia any time now and we were asked by our agency to fill out a list of potential post-adoption resources.

      Most of the resources were relatively easy to find, thanks to the help of some current adoptive parents. Though tracking down a specific name and number of someone who can assist with translation when they first come to the States (either Amharic or Sidama language) is something that I continue to work on. I'm currently trying to work through the ECAC on that one.

      Here are the adoption resource categories that our agency has asked us about. Any further recommendations for these providers is most welcome! We've been able to fill out our worksheet with the initial rec's, but want to consider all possibilities. I also thought it would be helpful to other PAP's to have this information available as well.

      Thanks so much all!

      jm

      _________________________________________

      -Early Intervention Resources
      -School Services Resources
      -International Clinic Resources
      -Pediatrician specializing in Intl Adoption
      -Dentist
      -Family/Child Therapist specializing in adoption issues
      -Interpreter(s)
    • Christine DeLoach
      My son was 30 months when he came home. I had an Ethiopian sitter the first month or so til he went to daycare/preschool. A friend of mine is a speech
      Message 2 of 3 , Mar 9, 2011
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        My son was 30 months when he came home.  I had an Ethiopian sitter the first month or so til he went to daycare/preschool. A friend of mine is a speech pathologist and she recommended the Baby Bumble Bee series to increase his language. She saw him, unofficially when he'd been home 2 days and said he'd be just fine with language if I followed the program she outlined with the videos and flashcards. We saw an international specialist when we first came home then went to a regular pediatrician for his vaccinations.  The regular pediatrician suggested he be seen for early intervention to be on the safe side, although the international specialist said it wasn't necessary. It turned out to be unnecessary for us. Having someone in the home to translate when he first came home really helped. Using the videos and flashcards from Baby Bumble Bee were the single biggest contributor to his language development. By the time he was seen by the early intervention people, 10 weeks after coming home, his language skills were already to the level of someone who was aged 30 months although he was 32 months at the time. And 30 - 36 months for the occupational things they test for. 

        Basically he was all caught up. His language, cognitive, and occupational skills continued to explode when he went to daycare. 

        Essentially you want to look for if your child has a firm grasp of his native language for the age they are. My son talked up a storm with the care takers in Ethiopia and when he returned home. I had no clue what he was saying but I could tell they did and they didn't have any trouble understanding what he was saying.
         
        Christine
        http://fanatic4life.blogspot.com/
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        From: jeanmari <owner@...>
        To: EAKC@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Wed, March 9, 2011 3:57:18 PM
        Subject: [EAKC] Chicago-Based Resources for Toddler/PreSchool/Older Child Adoption

         

        Hello-

        My husband, daughter and I are awaiting a referral for a 24-36 month old from Ethiopia any time now and we were asked by our agency to fill out a list of potential post-adoption resources.

        Most of the resources were relatively easy to find, thanks to the help of some current adoptive parents. Though tracking down a specific name and number of someone who can assist with translation when they first come to the States (either Amharic or Sidama language) is something that I continue to work on. I'm currently trying to work through the ECAC on that one.

        Here are the adoption resource categories that our agency has asked us about. Any further recommendations for these providers is most welcome! We've been able to fill out our worksheet with the initial rec's, but want to consider all possibilities. I also thought it would be helpful to other PAP's to have this information available as well.

        Thanks so much all!

        jm

        _________________________________________

        -Early Intervention Resources
        -School Services Resources
        -International Clinic Resources
        -Pediatrician specializing in Intl Adoption
        -Dentist
        -Family/Child Therapist specializing in adoption issues
        -Interpreter(s)


      • Trice Williams
        I live in IL like Christine, and my regular ped suggsted that we call early intervention.  She didn t think it was needed, but she thought it couldn t hurt. 
        Message 3 of 3 , Mar 10, 2011
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          I live in IL like Christine, and my regular ped suggsted that we call early intervention.  She didn't think it was needed, but she thought it couldn't hurt.  Plus, it's free.  My daughter was about 9 months when she came home, and I had her evaluated by early intervention about 3 weeks after we were home.  She was about 4 months behind on all of their test.  We started the Bumble Bee Tapes and flashcards.  She was tested again about 8 months later.  She jumped from being 4 months behind in all areas to about 8 months ahead.  She now talks up a storm and I can't even believe there was a time that I worried about her verbal skills. 
           
           
          --- On Wed, 3/9/11, Christine DeLoach <christine_deloach@...> wrote:

          From: Christine DeLoach <christine_deloach@...>
          Subject: Re: [EAKC] Chicago-Based Resources for Toddler/PreSchool/Older Child Adoption
          To: EAKC@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 10:49 PM

           
          My son was 30 months when he came home.  I had an Ethiopian sitter the first month or so til he went to daycare/preschool. A friend of mine is a speech pathologist and she recommended the Baby Bumble Bee series to increase his language. She saw him, unofficially when he'd been home 2 days and said he'd be just fine with language if I followed the program she outlined with the videos and flashcards. We saw an international specialist when we first came home then went to a regular pediatrician for his vaccinations.  The regular pediatrician suggested he be seen for early intervention to be on the safe side, although the international specialist said it wasn't necessary. It turned out to be unnecessary for us. Having someone in the home to translate when he first came home really helped. Using the videos and flashcards from Baby Bumble Bee were the single biggest contributor to his language development. By the time he was seen by the early intervention people, 10 weeks after coming home, his language skills were already to the level of someone who was aged 30 months although he was 32 months at the time. And 30 - 36 months for the occupational things they test for. 

          Basically he was all caught up. His language, cognitive, and occupational skills continued to explode when he went to daycare. 

          Essentially you want to look for if your child has a firm grasp of his native language for the age they are. My son talked up a storm with the care takers in Ethiopia and when he returned home. I had no clue what he was saying but I could tell they did and they didn't have any trouble understanding what he was saying.
           
          Christine
          http://fanatic4life.blogspot.com/
          Join my Linkedin network: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/176/774



          From: jeanmari <owner@...>
          To: EAKC@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Wed, March 9, 2011 3:57:18 PM
          Subject: [EAKC] Chicago-Based Resources for Toddler/PreSchool/Older Child Adoption

           
          Hello-

          My husband, daughter and I are awaiting a referral for a 24-36 month old from Ethiopia any time now and we were asked by our agency to fill out a list of potential post-adoption resources.

          Most of the resources were relatively easy to find, thanks to the help of some current adoptive parents. Though tracking down a specific name and number of someone who can assist with translation when they first come to the States (either Amharic or Sidama language) is something that I continue to work on. I'm currently trying to work through the ECAC on that one.

          Here are the adoption resource categories that our agency has asked us about. Any further recommendations for these providers is most welcome! We've been able to fill out our worksheet with the initial rec's, but want to consider all possibilities. I also thought it would be helpful to other PAP's to have this information available as well.

          Thanks so much all!

          jm

          _________________________________________

          -Early Intervention Resources
          -School Services Resources
          -International Clinic Resources
          -Pediatrician specializing in Intl Adoption
          -Dentist
          -Family/Child Therapist specializing in adoption issues
          -Interpreter(s)



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