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Premature Multiples – A Perspective from Psychologist Dr. Fiona Desira

Fiona Desira of Child Early Intervention Medical Centre From the very beginning of your journey, being the parent of twins is amazing and challenging in equal measure, especially if your twins were premature. You’ve recovered from the (wonderful) shock of being told you are carrying twins, you’ve got through pregnancy, dealt with the trauma of your babies being born pre-term, and you’ve survived the anxiety of the NICU. You are home. Babies are home. And so life begins in earnest. Being a...

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Sensory Processing – The Lesser-Known Area of Children’s Occupational Therapy Explained!

A Morning With Kids First Medical Centre Sensory processing is the ability to process inputs from the environment. When everything is working fine, the brain is like a set of super-traffic lights at a busy junction: multiple inputs (vehicles and pedestrians) are seen and regulated and the traffic flows. For someone experiencing sensory processing difficulties, the traffic lights malfunction a bit. And traffic may be delayed or break down into gridlock. In children, sensory processing difficulties can be experienced in many...

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A View From – The Palm, by Vanessa

I moved to an apartment on The Palm just before my twins were born in 2015. It is not somewhere that I ever thought I would live in Dubai, but my husband kindly pointed out that it was no longer going to be only about me. Sometimes he is right as I feel very lucky to live here. In the early days, it was a huge blessing to be able to step out of my front door and walk around...

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Interview – Amy Vogelaar of Love Parenting UAE

Amy Vogelaar co-founded Love Parenting UAE in 2013 with Jasmine Collins. This year, Amy won the Time Out Dubai annual prize for Pre and Post-Natal Care. “It was a complete surprise!” she tells me at an interview she kindly agreed to give for TwinsPlus Arabia. It’s only the fourth year this category has been included, and in other years it has gone to non-profit support groups. “I certainly didn’t expect to be winners – just being nominated is a huge...

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Interviews With The Experts – Alexandra Sullivan of Little Angels, Love Through Loss

Alexandra Sullivan - Alex - has just been awarded the 2018 Time Out Kids Dubai award for Outstanding Contribution. She took some time to talk to me about her incredible journey. Alex is one of those people who managed to take a shattering event - the in-utero death of her twin boys at 26 weeks in 2011 - and turn it into something wonderful that helps heal the hearts of hundreds of mothers. That is her UAE support group Little...

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Healthy Halloween Tips!

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year but can soon be ruined by sugar-crazed kids and overindulged parents. Being mindful of the processed candy intake does not need to ruin all your spooky fun. My twins are now five, and when they were younger it was acceptable to hide blueberries in plastic eggs, but now they are a bit older I feel it is crucial that they learn how to deal with the real world sugar temptations....

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Alexandra – Double Bereavement, Elliot and Emmet

Alexandra is mummy to lovely four year old Hayley and six year old Amadeus born in Dubai, but her multiples birth story is about her angel twins, Elliot and Emmet. ‘Angel babies’ is the name often given to babies who don’t make it through pregnancy or who die at, or shortly after birth, and Elliot and Emmet were stillborn in April 2011. It’s never easy to read about death, and the death of babies in particular. Alex has turned her...

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