Here are four little people that my wife and I help to look after every week. They come to us from their homes or straight from school to give their hard-pressed parents, mostly single mums, a much needed break. We are put in touch and supported by our local Children's Services. They are variously diagnosed as having neurological and/or autistic spectrum disorders.
One of the differences between these and so-called normal kids is that it's harder to take them or their development for granted. They are always surprising us. Getting to know them calls for a bit more patience and effort, but, believe me, they're worth it. Aren't we all?