How does your child handle haircuts?

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How does your child handle haircuts?
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Wed, 07-24-2013 - 3:17pm

A mom of an autistic child had an awful experience with a salon when the owner got angry at her child getting upset: 

Ashley Bays took her toddler into M Spa Salon in Portage, Michigan, for a simple haircut but left with a "severe tongue lashing," according to a witness whose Facebook post about the event went viral.

Customer Vanessa Hunt wrote about her outrage at watching salon owner Michelle Mott allegedly dress down Bays and 2 ½-year-old Grayson because the child cried during his haircut.

"At the conclusion of this woman's tantrum to the mother the mother said through tears, 'I'm so sorry, he's autistic,'" Hunt wrote in a post that has been shared more than 35,000 times. Attorneys for the salon said in a statement to mlive.com that Mott reacted reasonably to safety concerns caused by the boy's behavior.

Many toddlers cry during a visit to the hair salon, but the experience can be particularly challenging for individuals with the sensory sensitivities that are common in autism. I know, because my son is one of them.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/30/living/autism-in-public-spaces-salon

What is your reaction to the story?  How do you prepare your child for haircuts?  

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Registered: 01-09-2003
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 9:13am

Let me tell you about Hair Cuts...

Yup lots of "drama" involved.  When he was younger it was crying, not he tries to out reason me.

My cousin's husband is a barber, I took Nathan there for early hair cuts, Pete is wonder full with kids so in the end it was OK.  Then he got a little older & realized that Grandpa had a brush cut and you didn't have to "wash it" (sensory so washing hair / getting head wet was a challange) he had Grandma (with out my knowledge) give him a grandpa cut (brush cut)  Once I got her out of our lives I had to deal with hair cuts.  He keep saying I coud do it then wouldn't let me.  I took him to the store & we got the same trimmers that grandma used.  He keep putting it off, I hadn't thougth about it but the kids switched schools to they used the "make up spring pictures" for all their pic of Nathan, since he was "graduating" from Elem School his picture has some pretty wild hair.  He won the local raido contest to be the ball boy at the Globetrotters game, so right before the game he let me cut his hair "so he would look good at the game".  one cut down, now we need to have it cut again, he keeps saying I can't cut it because "I'm not trained"  Well remember Pete the Barber??? He is trained, I was finally able to outsmart his reasoning!  He then claimed that "no one but Grandma ever cut his hair" little did he know that Pete use to cut his hair (too little to remember) so he coudn't reason his way out.  While he sat in the chairs waiting, several people ahead of us, he was beyond nervous. Since Pete's daughter is in his class, he taked to him & Nathan relaxed & it wasn't so bad.  He might let me take him back again.