On this month’s edition of Backstage Pass, Kristin interviews Dr. Gary Feldman, who is an M.D., Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, and Sleep Specialist specializing in international adoption.

Kristin and Dr. Feldman talk about how to view and interpret behavioral developmental issues you may see in your children, strategies for dealing with, and resources for helping foster and adoptive children to develop to their full potential. What aspects should parents look into and what interventions are available? What should adoptive parents look for in a pediatrician?  What are some of the evaluations that parents can and should request?  What resources are available and what behavioral and developmental issues should parents look for?

In inter-country adopted children, many times the parents need to help educate their physician by bringing things to the attention of the provider.  Parents must be pro-active.  Dr. Feldman recommends waiting for at least two weeks after arriving home and then gives some recommendations for tests, lab works, and evaluations that should be done.  Speech and language evaluations, as well as developmental assessments are also important.

Dr. Feldman also talks about initial schooling and care plans once children arrive home, and what to do with older children and getting them the help educationally that they might need.

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Dr. Gary Feldman has been the Medical Director of the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach since 2004. In addition to overseeing the entire center, he directs four programs housed within the Stramski Center. Dr. Feldman received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Cape Town and practiced Pediatrics in South Africa for 5 years before immigrating to the United States and completing a fellowship in Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received numerous awards acknowledging his distinctions in behavioral pediatrics and sleep medicine, and is a sought-after speaker on these topics as well as international adoption.

If you loved this Backstage Pass, check out all of our past episodes here.  If you loved Dr. Feldman, you can hear another of his interviews about Navigating Medicines.  Also, join the conversation  in our forums about behavioral developmental issues you are seeing or learning about with your kids.