The Perfect Child - Chapters 22 - 26 Summary & Analysis

Lucinda Berry
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In Chapter 22, narrated by Christopher, Dr. Chandler told Christopher and Hannah at their next session that she believed Janie’s behaviors were motivated by attention, whether that attention was positive or negative. She advised them to ignore Janie’s bad behavior, a suggestion that seemed to result in fewer tantrums. Christopher hated the way that Dr. Chandler had labeled Janie as having selective mutism. Dr. Chandler said they needed to tackle the issue by telling Janie she had to say goodnight to Hannah. If Janie would not say goodnight to Hannah, they were not to say goodnight to her. Christopher thought it sounded mean and childish but Dr. Chandler said it would teach Janie that Christopher and Hannah were a team. Dr. Chandler said that Janie was trying to drive a wedge in the relationship between Hannah and Christopher. When Christopher denied that...

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