If you’re a parent of a child with autism, chances are you dread going to places like the hair salon. Your child may have issues sitting still, be afraid of the tools being used on them, or simply hate people being so close to them and doing things that are unfamiliar. We understand the dilemma. Most of us can’t just go our whole lives without a haircut, but getting a haircut can be hard for someone with autism.
So while nobody can give you a magical solution to make your kid sit still long enough to get a full haircut, we do have some special tips to help things go more smoothly at your next hair appointment. The dad in the video below is offering up his 5 best ideas for making things go a little more smoothly when you visit your hair stylist.
There are some really awesome tips in this video. One of my favorite parts is when he shows his daughter (who has an issue with auditory processing) a video of someone getting their hair cut to help communicate to her what was going to happen.
The best part is that none of these tips involve physical force, which can be tempting to resort to but tends to make the experience worse for everyone involved. Instead, they involve better methods of communication and a system of rewards. And that makes everyone happy!
Check out the video below to learn more tips (including a spectacular bonus 6th tip) from an autism dad for getting your child a haircut without all the struggle. Plus, see Abigail’s transition from long locks to a beautiful shorter style!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?