The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.
Chapter Five: Nicole and Brooke: Homeschooled Fraternal Twins
Nicole and Brooke: Homeschooled Fraternal Twins
Primary and Secondary Issues
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Nicole and Brooke are nine-year-old fraternal twins, but right from the start they were different. Brooke was born first and weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Her father says that she was “pink, alert, and crying. She was ready and on the go. She looked like the Gerber baby.” Due to complications, Nicole was born 10 minutes later. She weighed a little less than 5 pounds, was limp and not breathing. She had an initial Apgar score of 2. If the birth had been a vaginal delivery, [Page 44]their mother said, “Nicole would have come ...