The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 88

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DECEMBER 2013
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT
returns from an out-of-town experience.
For example, the day after returning
from summer camp may not be the best
day to schedule an evaluation. Instead,
have your child wait a day and rest prior
to the evaluation.
5.
Make sure your child is well-fed
and hydrated.
A good breakfast and
plenty to drink prior to the evaluation are
important. Ask the evaluator if your child
can bring along a snack and beverage, as
well. Some children benefit greatly from
having a break time to get a snack.
After the Evaluation
The feedback session is one of the
most important aspects of the evaluation.
It provides you an opportunity not only
to hear the results, but ask questions.
Ask any question that you may have, and
bring something to take notes.
If it makes you more comfortable, ask
another family member to be present
to make sure you understand all of the
information that is given to you.
Depending on his or her age, there
may be a feedback session for your
child, as well. By the time children are
in middle school, they are often curious
regarding their performance.
They may also benefit from hearing
that they are capable students, but simply
require accommodations, different study
strategies or certain interventions to help
them be as successful as possible.
You will also receive a written report,
and should read through it several times
If it makes you more comfortable, ask another family
member to be present to make sure you understand
all of the information that is given to you.
Continued from p. 84
From the
FSJ
Education Supplement June 2011
Promoting Your Child’s Emotional Health
BY REBECCA GRAPPO
D
espite the spread of globalization and the sharp
increase in the size of the American expatriate
population around the world, a clear understanding of the
emotional and psychological demands and implications of
an internationally mobile lifestyle—for children, in particu-
lar—is still at a premium.
And, at one time or another, most Foreign Service par-
ents ask themselves the same questions: What am I doing
to my kid? Is this globally nomadic lifestyle a good thing
or a bad thing?
There are no right or wrong answers to these ques-
tions; but there are ways to protect and promote the
emotional well-being and resilience of internationally
mobile children.
This is excerpted from the article by the same title by
Rebecca Grappo, an FS spouse and certified educational
planner. The complete article can be accessed online at
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