Dr. Boris Gindis Focuses on Unique Learning & Social Needs of Internationally Adopted Children


Internationally adopted children often have unique academic struggles. Unfortunately, many schools are not prepared to address the a-typical needs of these kids. Therefore, adoptive parents often must become their child’s best advocates in school. It becomes up to the parents to educate themselves, to the best extent that they can, on the needs of their child and the programs available to assist them. Dr. Boris Gindis will educate adoptive parents and prospective adoptive parents on identifying the issues and strategies to get your children what they need to achieve their academic potential.

Dr. Gindis will be presenting a session entitled “Identifying and Addressing the Unique Learning and Social Needs of Internationally Adopted Children in School” at the Crossroads of America Adoption Conference this September. This session focuses on the unique learning and social needs of internationally adopted children in school. The participants will learn about the most common causes of school difficulties in international adoptees, the necessity of early assessment and identification of their educational needs, the strategies for obtaining proper placement, remedial services, and accommodations, the basics of monitoring of academic progress and social/emotional functioning children in school. The session will address issues not only facing school aged internationally adopted children, but also pre-school aged kids.

In addition, Dr. Gindis will also be conducting short individual consultations throughout the Conference for interested attendees with specific questions. The topics of the individual consultations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attachment Disorder: are we trying to fit square pegs into the round holes?
  • Why should you look for an International Adoption specialist for an assessment of your child?
  • Developmental trauma disorder in internationally adopted children.
  • Pros and cons of keeping the native language of an internationally adopted school-age child.
  • Post-institutional behavior: what to do about it?
  • Cumulative Cognitive Deficit in international adoptees: its origin, indicators, and means of remediation.
  • Abrupt native language loss and its role in the development of internationally adopted child.

Dr. Gindis’ focuses his professional practice as a Psychologist on internationally adopted post-institutionalized children. In his practice and research he examines the impact of children who are outside of the social/cultural mainstream taking into account that these children may have been underserved, mistreated and abused during their early years.

Dr.Gindis received a doctorate in developmental psychology at the Moscow Academic Research Institute and furthered his studies with post-doctoral training in New York. He is also a nationally certified bilingual school psychologist (English/Russian). He is the Chief Psycologist for the Center for Cognitive-Developmental Assessment and Remediation located in Nanuet, New York. Dr. Gindis is the author of over 40 scientific articles and book chapters and has been a keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Dr. Gindis is truly an expert in his field, and we look forward to learning from him.

To register for the conference and have a chance to listen to this session, reserve your seat now!

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