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Barber Goes Extra Mile To Conquer Autistic Boy’s Fear Of Haircuts
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Barber Goes Extra Mile To Conquer Autistic Boy’s Fear Of Haircuts

Mason, a young boy recently diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder in the UK, was terrified of haircuts and would often run away whenever his barber, James Williams, would try to cut his hair. By taking things down to Mason’s level, however, not only was Williams able to give him a haircut, but he got a thank-you hug from Mason as well!

“We both layed on the floor in silence & he allowed me to cut away & give him his first proper haircut, again achieving something in a job I love,” Williams wrote on Facebook. We hope Mason is thrilled with his new fresh ‘do, too!

More info: Facebook (h/t: themighty)

Mason was terrified of haircuts and would run away whenever his barber tried to cut his hair

His barber, James Williams, decided to take things down to Mason’s level

“We both layed on the floor in silence & he allowed me to cut away & give him his first proper haircut, again achieving something in a job I love”

Image credits: James Williams

Image credits: Jamie Lewis

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KatieO'Brien
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6 years ago

There was an article not too long ago about a woman who had an autistic child and tried to bring him in to get his haircut. The minute he got in the chair she started screaming. One of the customers a few chairs down got up and got in the mothers face saying something along the lines of " how dare you bring that thing in here while adults are trying get a relaxing haircut. Next time just cut his hair at home so we don't have to listen to that". At which point the poor mother grabbed her son and ran out of the building. The stylist grabbed some scissors and a comb and ran after the mother. They sat in the parking lot on the ground and finished the boys haircut. The nasty woman was told to leave and never come back.

SmileyRie
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6 years ago

Can't believe people would say things like that. Lucky they're in the minority & the salon made sure there were consequences for her

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JanetHannam
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6 years ago

My son with autism when young, I had to cut his hair. I discovered that pulling him towards the side of the bed. I could cut his hair while he slept and the cuttings fell to paper on the floor. He slept soundly, never noticing, never squirming, and never having to go through angst. He is high functioning Aspergers now, drives, 2 jobs, University. He takes himself for hair cuts now.

AliciaStaley-Best
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6 years ago

Aww, he's a cutie. I admire the barber's willingness to accommodate :D and you got through to this boy! He gave you a hug! That is an AMAZING thing, treasure that hug forever :D

AliciaStaley-Best
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6 years ago

Sorry, not 'this boy' but Mason!

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KatieO'Brien
Community Member
6 years ago

There was an article not too long ago about a woman who had an autistic child and tried to bring him in to get his haircut. The minute he got in the chair she started screaming. One of the customers a few chairs down got up and got in the mothers face saying something along the lines of " how dare you bring that thing in here while adults are trying get a relaxing haircut. Next time just cut his hair at home so we don't have to listen to that". At which point the poor mother grabbed her son and ran out of the building. The stylist grabbed some scissors and a comb and ran after the mother. They sat in the parking lot on the ground and finished the boys haircut. The nasty woman was told to leave and never come back.

SmileyRie
Community Member
6 years ago

Can't believe people would say things like that. Lucky they're in the minority & the salon made sure there were consequences for her

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JanetHannam
Community Member
6 years ago

My son with autism when young, I had to cut his hair. I discovered that pulling him towards the side of the bed. I could cut his hair while he slept and the cuttings fell to paper on the floor. He slept soundly, never noticing, never squirming, and never having to go through angst. He is high functioning Aspergers now, drives, 2 jobs, University. He takes himself for hair cuts now.

AliciaStaley-Best
Community Member
6 years ago

Aww, he's a cutie. I admire the barber's willingness to accommodate :D and you got through to this boy! He gave you a hug! That is an AMAZING thing, treasure that hug forever :D

AliciaStaley-Best
Community Member
6 years ago

Sorry, not 'this boy' but Mason!

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