Preparing for haircuts?

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Preparing for haircuts?
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 3:19pm

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?