Going to the hairdressers can be a very distressing experience for autistic children due to sensory issues such as a sensitivity to noise and touch.
In this article Jim the Trim, a hairdresser from Wales whose barbershop was awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism-Friendly Award, gives us his Top 5 Tips on how hairdressers can make autistic children more comfortable during a haircut.
Top 5 Tips
- Take your time to get to know the person and for them to get to know you. You may have to be very gradual and just allow the person to come in and watch at first, then the next time sit in the chair etc. Build it up slowly.
- Book appointments when the shop is quieter – I open on a Sunday for autistic children and their parents. Book out an hour appointment for the session so there is plenty of time for the…
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