Twins - School Placement

Spring is the time to be planning the school placement of your twins or triplets for next fall. Here are some ideas to keep in mind while you talk the decision over with your family and school staff.

There is often confusion made between the physical separation of twins and their development of individual identity and independence. This confusion promotes the placement of twins in separate classrooms as the "best" way to encourage the individuation process for all twins.

In reality each set of twins and triplets have their own unique dynamics and developmental time tables. Placement in separate classrooms does not fit the needs of all twins any more than does placement together. What is true for all multiples is that their classroom placement has an important effect on their relationship and their lives. In order for these effects to be positive, their placement needs to be evaluated every year so that it can be adjusted as necessary to meet the changing needs of the children.

It is extremely important that parents and school staff consider the real needs of the children each year and do their best to place them in ways that support their relationship and their individual development.

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