They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Take a look at this picture. Elizabeth drew it not as a child but when she was 20. It depicts her sitting by herself on a step while other children on the school grounds connect in small groups. This is the face of loneliness, abandonment, judgment, isolation. The caption on the picture is “Why won’t anybody play with me?”
Neural deficits make for “difference” – invisible difference but difference that is seen by those who want to see it. This can be bullying but, sadly, it is normal human behaviour too – the survival of the fittest. Children become adults and, as adults, we still choose who we want in our social circles and it may not include those who don’t quite “fit”!