By: Sarah Pope, MS, BCBA, Assistant Vice President of Staff Development
A trip to the hair salon for adults typically includes a relaxing hair wash, an opportunity to catch up on the latest magazines and the wonderful feeling of a fresh, new haircut. However, it is not uncommon for children to be afraid of a haircut and it can be even more traumatic for a child with autism. There is a lot of activity in a hair salon that can be bothersome like the sounds of scissors clicking, hair dryers running, the buzzing of clippers or water in the eyes. Any of these things can increase a child’s hesitation to get a haircut, and can even cause episodes of tantrum type behavior.
To help ensure a stress-free trip to the salon, below are five tips to help your child tolerate getting a haircut.
If these tips are unsuccessful and your child continues to resist a haircut, discuss this with your child’s ABA therapy team. They will understand your child’s particular triggers and can suggest ideas that are customized for your child’s individual needs.
As of January 2, 2020, all Early Autism Project clinics have officially been transitioned to ChanceLight Autism Services clinics. This page will be replaced with the ChanceLight Autism Services website in February 2020.
Please visit our new website here: autismservices.chancelight.com.