Autism and Haircuts

Autism and Haircuts

autism and haircuts - waiting

Five years ago, Max used to freak out if anyone touched his head.

He hated it with a passion and would dodge any attempts at having his hair brushed (or washed), his teeth brushed, his face washed, a pat on the head, a kiss, even a hug had to be a certain distance from his face. That one was awkward! And heartbreaking to not be able to cuddle and kiss my little boy.

His aversions were huge.

It used to take two of us to hold him down while getting his hair cut.

Luckily we had a very understanding barber who was extremely patient!

Eventually the aversion to having his head touched left, after I put in a lot of work to help him enjoy the feeling of having his hair played with.

Five years later, I can take him into a barber’s like any other kid.

autism and haircuts - the cut

He’ll wait patiently.

He’ll climb up on the seat himself and let anyone come near him and do their work.

And afterwards he’ll be pretty pleased with himself!

autism and haircuts - nearly done

In fact, all in all?

The whole experience of going for a haircut is met with smiles now.

Night. And. Day.

I remember thinking my little guy would never be able to get his hair done in a barber shop when he was older. He would still have the aversion to having his head touched, and there was no way anyone would be able to get near him as he got bigger and stronger.

I was completely wrong!

If you’re in the first few years of an early diagnosis, don’t give up hope.

It’s amazing the difference five years can make.

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  1. Alison
    August 14, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    Aw, this is fab. His hair looks great, and it’s so cute seeing him sit on the barbers chair like that. My daughter is 4 and a half and the thought of taking her to a hairdressers just makes me laugh. No way would she sit still to let them cut her hair. Ah haha, no. We tend to just hack bits off when she’s not paying attention, which has resulting in some… interesting haircuts. Mostly I just let it grow.

    • August 14, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Alison, LOL I can just imagine it! grins
      Well he is nearly 8 now, so he’s able to sit still for a while. 😉
      Thank you for popping by to comment! <3

  2. Mrs TeePot
    August 15, 2015 / 9:49 am

    That’s fabulous! So pleased that things have changed so much, you are an amazing Mum!

    • August 16, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks lovely! It’s been a hard journey, but it’s amazing to see how far he’s come… how far we’ve all come. 🙂

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