On one high school classroom of the attached middle school of Sichuan Conservatory of Music, 55-year-old Pang Zhihua stands out in a group of children, at her side, her 16-year-old son Bao Han is raising his hands to try to answer questions. For Pang Zhihua, it is of great significance whenever Bao Han actively raises hands, he is a child from the stars: he was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old. After the diagnosis, Pang Zhihua quitted her job and has been taken care of his son.
Bao Han entered primary school at 6 years old. Pang Zhihua was once a secondary school teacher, and she tried to apply for a post in the school. However, the vacant position of the school was only cleaner. "I can do whatever work so long as I can stay with my son." Pang Zhihua took the job without any hesitation. Because of weak ability of understanding, Bao Han could not keep up with the study at third grade. To this end, Pang Zhihua applied to accompany his son in the classroom, and tried to explain the key knowledge to his son after class. “Sometimes, I taught him the knowledge for one time, two time and even three times……” from primary to high school, the "deskmate mother" insisted 7 years.
Pang Zhihua is happy to find her son has musical talent. When he was a child, when musical sound came,Bao Han would not help to play the beat. So, Pang Zhihua sent his son to study piano and accordion, and she also accompanied her son during the study: Pang Zhihua learned first, and then wrote down the song and teach her son at home. Bao Han has high comprehension for music, and he has passed piano exam level 10 at 11 years old, and passed accordion exam level 8 in less than two years. Sometimes, Pang Zhihua is so tired and doze against the wall when she accompanied her son at the music lessons.
Bao Han likes to play with his mother even if he has been a high school student.
Children with autism would have cognitive impairments, and Bao Han has no concept of money, so Pang Zhihua started to teach her son to recognize money, buy things and do book keeping from first grade.
Pang Zhihua rents a 70 square meters hut near Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Bao Han sleeps with his father and Pang Zhihua sleeps on a sofa bed in the balcony.