Guidelines for preparing a adoption video.
A video recording of a child can be a useful tool for evaluating the developmental milestones of a child and to determine if there are any facial characteristics that may be associated with any syndromes or genetic defects.
Unfortunately a video recording can not be be considered a replacement for a general physical examination, but for some parents that is all we have to go on.
The date of the recording needs to be documented.
- The setting should be familiar to the child.
- The child should know the persons filming.
- The environment should be as free from distractions.
- Well lit area.
- Close-up shot of the face, including different angles and various facial expressions.
- The remaining video should about a three foot distance.
- The video should show the child both dressed and partially undressed.
- Spontaneous movement of the arms, legs and trunk should be documented.
- Age appropriate skills should be evoked with the help of assistants. (ex: gross motor, fine motor, adaptive skills such as dressing, undressing and eating and playing)
- Developmental progress can be evaluated with serial video recordings at different ages of development.
- Engage the child in verbal interactions as well as play.