- Jul 12, 2012
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I run an agency that provides in home care for people with disabilities and in my professional opinion, I believe that what he is doing is an attention-seeking behavior. It is very common for people with developmental disabilities to obsess over something, create a behavior that "brings them close to the person, object, etc" and attention, then they crave some sort of "souveneir" to represent that obsession. To make this clear, I will use a person as the object of obsession. WARNING: ADULT LANGUAGE: Say for instance someone with a disability has an obsession with one of their caregivers. They will start showing behaviors that will get attention from that caregiver, whether it is negative or positive attention. Next, they will try to confide in the caregiver and make the caregiver feel as if they are the only person that can calm the individual down. Finally, the individual will ask for a picture, hoodie, pencil, or whatever from the caregiver and they will treasure it, and in some cases, even masturbate with or onto the object. I know this sounds strange, but it is the reality of some disabilities, especially in those with dual-diagnoses (mental retardation and other mental illness.) Many behaviors are of a sexual nature, in my opinion and experience. The goal is to obtain something puppetry related from REAL puppeteers to fulfill their fantasy of wanting to be a puppeteer.