Haircuts are difficult for many young children. Adding sensory sensitivities to the equation can make haircut appointments even harder. This is why we want to talk about haircuts for autistic children and what can be done to make appointments easier.
This article is a continuation of the topics from the last two weeks (Dental Visit Tips for Children with Autism | Doctor Visit Tips for Children with Autism). These are important topics, as getting your child comfortable with important social situations, while difficult, is necessary.
Finding an Autism-Friendly Hair Stylist
There aren’t many comprehensive autism-friendly hairstylists or salon lists available on the internet. This doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to searching for a great place to get a haircut, however.
Some beauty professionals list autism-friendly on their websites. This makes using search engines to find them very easy. Use search terms like ‘autism haircut near me’ or ‘autism-friendly hair stylist’ to start your search.
If you are comfortable with addressing the sensory sensitivities your child has that may arise during a haircut appointment, be sure to ask about or make requests beforehand.
- No electric clippers, blowdryers, water, shampoo, etc.
- Any specific touching or holding of the hair
- Scheduling an appointment at a less busy time
Talking to your child’s therapist before a haircut may also be a big help in jogging your memory for things that may help.
Preparing for a Professional Haircut
Before an appointment with the hairdresser, there are a few steps you can take to ease your child into feeling more comfortable about the appointment.
- Take a few trips to the salon before the appointment to acquaint your child with the environment
- Practice with brushes and combs while your child is seated at home
- Make sure to note any sensory issues that could arise: noise from electric clippers and blow dryers, hair touching, using water, etc
- Make sure your child has toys or objects they can have during the haircut
ABA Therapy from IABA Consultants
If you have questions regarding autism treatment, education, or plans to use ABA therapy, we are here for you! Our goal is to make sure no family is turned away due to financial constraints. Our therapy team would love to talk to you. Find the location closest to you and give us a call. We’re here for you.