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Twins and Multiples

What does being a multiple mean?

One child in 36 is now a twin or higher multiple and this section introduces some of the basic information that educational professionals need to know to best help multiples and their families. Telling if multiples are identical or not is an obvious one, but the fact that non-identical twins are more often born to older mothers or as a result of assisted reproduction may potentially change the family dynamics in ways of which professionals need to be aware. Unfortunately multiple pregnancies are higher risk and some of the issues around premature delivery and other complications are introduced.

The personal, social and emotional impact of being a multiple is an important part of this section. In particular the following issued are explored:

Pat Preedy's model is presented in this section as a way of analysing the unique multiple birth relationship. Are the multiples 'closely coupled', 'extreme individuals' or 'mature dependents' and how may this impact them at home and at school?