When it comes to children, haircuts are notoriously difficult. A child's first haircut is usually accompanied by tears, and who can blame them? What child wouldn't be terrified of a stranger holding sharp objects close to their head? After their first one, though, most kids understand that everything will be okay and have no problem returning for one in the future. Unfortunately for some children, the first haircut is so traumatizing that it prevents them from going anywhere near a barber for a long time.
Mason, a young boy diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, was one of these children. For years, Mason's parents couldn't get him to set foot in a barbershop no matter how hard they tried. All of this changed, however, when Mason met a barber named James who did everything in his power to make him as comfortable as possible. Check out the pictures of their interaction below to learn more about this unique story.
When Mason was 18-months-old, a stylist accidentally touched his ear with a clipper. This was the beginning of his fear of haircuts.
A couple years later, Mason's autism diagnosis helped his fear of haircuts make more sense. The combination of sound and the barber touching his hair might cause Mason to experience a sensory overload.
Mason's parents couldn't let their son grow his hair out forever, so eventually they'd have to find a solution. There was a barber in the area with a reputation for being good with children, including those who were autistic. Mason's parents scheduled an appointment with James Williams, or "Jim the Trim" as he's known by, to finally get his hair cut.
While James was ready to help, it took Mason several months to become comfortable enough around James to trust him cutting his hair. When it appeared Mason was finally ready, James came up with a way to make him feel as safe as possible. James let Mason lay on the floor and play games on an iPhone while he sat down next to him and cut his hair.
"We both layed on the floor in silence & he allowed me to cut away & give him his first proper haircut ..." said James.
Seeing this man take the time to care for their son meant the world to Mason's parents. James' patience and understanding helped him overcome a huge hurdle in his life.
Their story is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Remember that everyone around you has unique needs, and it doesn't take much effort to make others feel comfortable and loved.
Via: Faith Tap