Ella often got stuck on odd things, phrases or mannerisms that she repeated over and over. Once she got stuck on this phrase, "I would like to lick and eat your pecks." Where that came from no one will ever know, but it stayed for 6 months. At one point she changed it to, "I would like to lick and eat his personals." It was a nightmare to take her to the store!
Regardless, we were determined to keep using Choice Theory. We believe she has the same 5 needs as everyone else, and that all her behaviors have a purpose. Working with the language of Choice Theory, clarification of the Needs with her, a good psychiatrist who was willing to listen to us and work with us, and lots of outside help, we helped Ella make sense of her world.
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