Center for Developmental Adoption Medicine
1400 Old York Road, Suite D
Abington, PA 19001
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Why include us in your child’s care?
We bring together the most current thinking, research, and assessment strategies to reassure you, the parent, that you have done all that is possible to give your child the best start in his or her life.

How do we complement the services provided by your child’s pediatrician?
Following a comprehensive medical evaluation from your child’s pediatrician, we will address issues associated with social/emotional, cognitive, language and motor skills. Concerns regarding transitional issues of adjustment, attachment, feeding, and sleeping are also addressed. For older children, we offer therapeutic services, psychological evaluations, and strategies for behavioral intervention.

Our strengths lie in both our multidisciplinary approach as well as our ability to coordinate all of the information and services that are available to you and your child. The medical evaluation provided by your child’s pediatrician sets the foundation on which we can build an integrated assessment and, if need be, a treatment plan. Something as simple as following a growth curve to the more complex issues of a developmental profile from which all skills and learning emerge, can be managed and guided by our team. language.

What pre-adoption services do you provide?
Before adoption and for the prospective parent(s), we offer advice to guide your observations and assist in formulating the questions that you should be asking. Whether your child was born in the United States or abroad, we will help to make the unknown known.

When should we schedule our initial developmental evaluation?
After adoption and following the medical evaluation, we recommend an initial visit within the first couple of months of your child’s arrival.

How does follow-up work?
A later follow-up visit is advised in order to track developmental progress, determine any needs for intervention services, and address ongoing adjustment. Subsequent visits will be offered based on specific needs and predicted developmental markers.

What post-adoption services are provided for infants and toddlers?
Assessing development is essential when determining the needs of an adopted child. Studies repeatedly show that while most adopted children arrive at their new home with some evidence of delay, appropriate assessment and remediation can facilitate remarkable gains in development and can reduce the possibility of school failures, behavioral problems, and years of frustration for both the child and parent(s). Intervening early provides remedial opportunities during the critical periods of a child’s brain development. Our initial developmental profile and follow-up services will help you
choose the best course for your child in order to achieve their full developmental potential.

The comprehensive evaluation offers essential information for the parent(s) in order to identify their child’s strengths and competencies as well as their weaknesses. Parent(s) are involved in the assessment process and continue as the most powerful change agent in the child’s natural environment. Our services will provide you with the expertise that can help now and in the future.

What post-adoption services are provided for older or school age children?
At this time, a psychoeducational evaluation includes an assessment of a child’s intellectual strengths, immaturities, academic skill acquisition, and learning styles. When necessary, intervention strategies and tailored treatment plans will be offered. Specific concerns regarding learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, PDD, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, and social and emotional issues will be addressed as needed.

We will continue to work with you and your child and will consult with your child’s school and other professionals.

Our goal is to provide an individualized and coordinated service that permits you, the parent, to feel “in control” of your child’s present and future developmental progress.