THE chance to chat to each other at school is a bit of a novelty for twins Daniel and Dennis Xu — though they will be in separate classes so it doesn't prove too much of a distraction.
Daniel, who was diagnosed with hearing loss at age two, graduated from the Garfield Barwick School at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in December, and will join his brother in year 3 at Darcy Road Public School today.
The twins' mother, Lydia Chen, said Daniel had spent every Monday during term 4 last year at the school to help with the transition to mainstream education, and was well prepared for the occasion by the speech support given by staff at Garfield Barwick School.
The school's program aims to help students with the transition to a mainstream school by year 6.
"They're both very excited," she said.
"The fact that Daniel now feels really confident and happy makes me feel really confident and happy too."
Daniel said his favourite subject was art and he was looking forward to games in the playground with his brother, including tips and running games like stuck in the mud.
"It's a bit bigger than my old school," he said.
Daniel's former teacher, Socorro Amos, agreed.
"When students like Daniel go into a mainstream school they face much larger and noisier classrooms," she said.
"By slowly integrating into the school, Daniel learned strategies to deal with that."