Jani Schofield with her best friend, Becca
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To create some normalcy in her life, Susan and Michael try to send Jani to public school, where she has a one-on-one teacher in a special education classroom. Susan says she doesn't play with the other children at school. Instead, she chooses to play with her imaginary animals, as well as the class lizard, Spikes.

Jani does have one real-life friend who can understand her illness. Becca, a 9-year-old with paranoid schizophrenia, was once Jani's roommate in the psychiatric ward. Now, the girls are best friends.

Watch Becca and Jani compare their diseases during a playdate. Watch
FROM: Exclusive: The 7-Year-Old Schizophrenic
Published on October 06, 2009

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