Children with autism frequently suffer from sensory overload--becoming overwhelmed at sights, sounds, and physical sensations. So it would make sense that a haircut can turn into an excruciating experience, as it was for Mason, a British schoolboy who'd recently been diagnosed with the condition.
Not if you have a barber like James Williams, though. Williams had been recommended to Mason's parents but spent months trying to get close enough to trim the boy's hair. He experimented with different methods, but Mason "wouldn't allow me to go near one of his ears. He would run away at times if he wasn't up to it," the British barber wrote on his Facebook page.
After a number of attempts, Williams hit upon a genius idea and got down to Mason's level.
Posted by James Williams on Tuesday, November 3, 2015
In silence, both lay on the floor: Mason engrossed with a cell phone, Williams snipping away. "I gave him a proper haircut," the barber wrote. He added that he loved making Mason's mom and dad happy--and to give the extra attention to Mason in order to build friendship and trust.
"What gave the finishing touch: I asked for a high 5, and he hugged me," he wrote. "True barber love!!"
We're sending that love right back!