Dr. Nancy L. Segal writes this article for Psychology Today, where she states there should be no twin placement policy at schools, especially as there are none imposed on non-twin students. Dr. Segal also shares the prevalence of her cases involving identical twins wrongly accused of cheating. The article also mentions the legislative issue of a senator whose assistant was his twin! I really enjoyed this article because it provides a clinical outside perspective of this issue.
The Wisconsin Twin Research Project complied this informative leaflet about twins. It features subjects such as: current research on twins, autism and twins, and the difference between identical and fraternal twins. This is a helpful little guide for teachers interested in following research trends on twins, because you can sign up to receive news and updates. I was interested to see the information about the prevalence of twins, one with autism and the other with PDD.
Gail Jacobs, a mother of twins, writes this guest about her twins’ experience in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Jacobs connects to her fellow parents of potentially separated twins, offering reassurance and encouraging good communication between parents and schools about the best interests of twins at the forefront of all conversations. I like this post because it illustrates each grade has a different experience and impact for the twins.
Aasma A. Khandekar contributes this chapter on Twins to the Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavior Pediatrics for Primary Care. Google Books has a direct link to the chapter, where there is a dedicated section to twins in the school setting. It addresses classroom separation anxiety, as well as other potential issues teachers can except in its early stages. I loved the idea of “visiting” the twin in another classroom.
CBS takes a step into this Lynbrook Kindergarten class, only to find 11 sets of twins—talk about seeing double! Teacher Jilian Marr mentioned her prime focus of treating twin students as individuals, and Principal Ellen Postman says she did her best to make charts and get students in the right place. I loved watching the interviews with the young twins!
Julie Blair of Education Week presents this revealing study on the tendency of principals to split up twins in Kindergarten. Blair references a report written out of California State University, which shows that 75% of elementary principals felt twin separation would be traumatic for students, but did it anyway. Blair shares other surprising statistics about school separation trauma as well. I really liked how in-depth the numbers were in this article.
This Prezi presentation designed by Kayleigh Elser gives a brief but multi-faceted overview of Separation Anxiety Disorder in Twins. This clinical psychological presentation also gives a look at disorders related to SAD that are common after childhood. I also liked Elser’s inclusion of research sources for further reading as well.
Christina Baglivi Tinglof writes this blog post about things she wants teachers to know before having her twins in their classes. What’s great about this ten-point memo is that its focus is on making each twin an individual in class. Having had twins in my class, I loved the third point, where it warns that some work produced by the twins may be eerily similar. This is a must-read for teachers with twins in their classes for the first time.