"Shoot! Shoot!" Hu Xiaohua outside the court reminded his son Qianqian loudly.

Seeing the ball passed, Qianqian stood there without moving, raised his foot to shoot, and the ball slowly rolled to the right side of the goal.

  This is the first cross-regional autistic youth football match. Each of these special teams has only 5 players. There are ordinary children and autistic children. The ordinary children fight and pass the ball, and the autistic children shoot and keep the goal. .

  Autism is also known as autism, and people are used to calling children with autism "children of the stars", so football teams with autistic patients are also called "stars" football teams.

  12-year-old Qianqian is also a child with autism.

In order to help Qianqian recover better, Hu Xiaohua and other parents of autistic children established the Hefei Chunyu Parents Support Center for the Mentally Disabled ("Chunyu" for short) in 2016.

At present, there are football teams, basketball teams, mountaineering teams, cycling teams, tennis teams, and badminton teams in "Spring Rain", and courses such as painting, African drums, and ukulele are also offered.

  The whistle blows and the game ends.

For a ball game, the performance of Qianqian and his friends was not satisfactory-in the end, the Hefei team lost to the Macau team with a big score of 1:6.

But for Hu Xiaohua, after scoring the team's only goal, Qianqian turned her head and smiled, which was enough to heal her and support her to go on.

The following is Hu Xiaohua's self-narration:

  Children cry together at first soccer practice

  My son Qianqian has been afraid of people since he was a child.

When someone passed by a stroller, Qianqian would turn red when he saw it.

We taught him to speak, but no one could understand the sentences he spoke, and later he spoke less and less.

In 2014, when he was nearly 4 years old, I took him to the hospital, and the doctor said he was severely autistic.

  Back then I didn't even know what autism was.

But I know my son is different from other children, he can't control himself, and he lacks the ability to communicate with the outside world.

After despair, we finally accepted this reality and took him to a rehabilitation institution for language and physical training.

  The life of autistic children is between home and rehabilitation institutions.

I know that children need all kinds of entertainment, but outside institutions are not willing to accept them to study, and finally I decided to organize it myself.

  In 2016, I founded "Spring Rain" with 4 other parents.

Parents teach their children their specialties. For example, my major is oil painting, so I teach children painting.

  "Spring Rain" has attracted more and more parents.

We now have football teams, basketball teams, mountaineering teams, cycling teams, tennis teams, and badminton teams. We also offer courses such as painting, African drums, and ukulele.

So far, "Spring Rain" has helped more than 700 children and their families.

The children here range from 4 years old to 27 years old.

  The football team was fundraised by me and the parents of 7 other children with autism in 2017, and now there are 40 children in the team.

  We went to the school to invite physical education teachers. Most of the physical education teachers worried that they were not special teachers and could not teach autistic children well.

I told them: "It's okay, let's try first."

  In February 2017, we started our first training at Hefei University of Technology.

As I expected, the children cried together.

When children with autism are exposed to new environments, they will have strong resistance.

The open lawn made the children feel at a loss, crying and running. We were almost like cats and mice, chasing them all over the playground.

  Children don't know what football is, let alone shooting and dribbling.

The coach needs to issue a "shoot" command from the front, and the volunteers hold the child's legs and kick the ball towards the goal.

In the process of repeated rewards, children can slowly understand what "shooting" means.

The coaches also learned some techniques for communicating with children with autism.

For example, your speech should be short and clear, and a sentence should not exceed four words. If you need to gesture, you must do it in front of your child.

They are very enthusiastic, almost doing charity.

We scraped together some class fees, but it was far from what they paid.

The coaching staff has grown and there are now 18 football and basketball coaches on the team.

We train every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.

  Hefei University of Technology has given us a lot of support. They have designated a specific area for us on the playground for training.

He often invites children with autism to be caddies in intramural football games.

  It took us half a year to make the children no longer fear the football field.

After practicing for a year, an 8-year-old boy in the team can already play football matches with ordinary kindergarten children.

  I feel proud when I see the child smiling back

  During the training, we learned that children with autism can also hold football matches.

The format of the game is a group of 5 players, with 3 special players and 2 fusion players.

Fusion players refer to regular kids, because kids with autism can't complete the game alone.

  Fusion players and special players train together, and the fight is all done by fusion players, but they cannot shoot or keep the goal, they can only pass the ball to autistic children, and the autistic children will complete the shooting.

I admire the patience of the Fusion players. They have to hold back when the ball is under their feet. I can feel the regret of their missed shots, but they are all trying to help children with autism.

  Children with autism are dull to family, friendship, and honor.

But after rehabilitation training, some children can recognize and express their feelings.

Sometimes at the end of training, autistic children may take the initiative to hug fusion players or hand them water, which requires them to cross a considerable psychological barrier.

  Qianqian likes the jersey of the Argentine national team very much, not because of the team's record, but because he naturally likes blue and vertical stripes.

Later, Qianqian grew tall and strong, and the jersey was stretched tightly on his body. Every time he practiced, he chose to wear this set again and again.

  In May last year, a non-profit organization held the first "Heart Set Sail" Autistic Youth Football Invitational Tournament in Fuzhou.

More than 100 autistic teenagers from 8 teams from Macau, Hefei, Wenzhou, Ningde, Fuzhou and other places participated.

  During the competition, the temperature in Fuzhou was as high as 38 degrees Celsius, and Qianqian's face was burned, but he persisted.

I shouted "Qianqian is great!" from the sidelines of the court. I could see the sweat in his eyes, and he could hardly keep his eyes open, but he was able to turn around and smile at us.

It was a really proud moment.

  With our efforts, Qianqian also found his hobby.

Qianqian likes the action of hitting, which is usually very distressing, but he likes our African drum class very much.

One day he said to me: "Mom, this is too simple." So I took him outside to find a drum teacher.

  At the end of one class, the teacher told me that among all his students, he was the most energetic kid playing drums.

He likes the song "Reverse War" sung by Zhang Jie the most, and he can beat the drum set to dub along with the singing.

  Qianqian can be regarded as a child who has recovered well from autism.

We made connections and let him study in a general school since he was a child, and now he has read the first grade of junior high school.

When he first entered elementary school and junior high school, he was very apprehensive in the new environment. We received no less than ten complaints from parents and dismissal from the school.

I often go to accompany him to read, and tell him that when he really can't understand, he can copy down what the teacher said, and he can't disturb others' study.

With the familiarity with the class, he can gradually control himself.

  For children with autism, it is not enough to teach at home alone, and let him practice.

I trained him to take public transportation and order food when he was very young. I hope to take him to the cinema, library, basketball court, and experience the bigger world.

  Beijing News reporter Guo Yimeng and intern Miao Yuxin (Source: Beijing News)