Alex got a big boy hair cut!!!

United States
December 22, 2008 8:02am CST
My 4 year old Alex has Autism and if many of you know sensory is a big issue. and Haircuts are out of the question. well i talked to Alex about getting a hair cut. he refussed and then finally gave in. he did pretty darn good until we got near his ears! i had to pin him down like a wresler!! Has this ever happened to you if so any suggestions for next time?
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
24 Dec 08
OooOOooh the haircuts.... LOL! My little guy who is about to turn 3 & is also Autistic has sensory issues as well. I actually have to fight just to get his hair washed. He loves his baths, but when it comes to water on his head or his head touched at all, oohh my, we have a huge problem. I can't do it alone, I have to have my husband help. It's such a work out. And then after the bathtime, I can't even brush his hair unless daddy is holding his hands down. Haircuts are not as extreme as washing the hair, I find that odd, but he does let the hair people cut his hair, we usually just do it really fast... I can't really do a hair style, we have to just keep it short, like a buzz do to his sensory problems, but we get it done. We usually let him play his hand held v.smile or give him a sucker... sometimes a book.... we do it fast to aviod conflict... lol... I know what your going through & I am still trying myself to find ways to help us with haircuts & when we have to wash his hair... All I can sugest right now is... keep the hair short.... :)
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Forgot to ask... Do you have a place that does haircuts for Autistic kids only in your area? We have one here that works well for Autistic kids... They are really good with children with Autism & sensory problems. Check around in your area..
@irishidid (8712)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I never had problems getting my autistic daughter's hair cut. It was my perfectly normal, bouncing off the walls son. He was a handful except for that time I was sleeping and he chopped off the front to the scalp. Sister helped with the back. They used my kitchen shears. I find a good electric hair clipper the best option for a quick and easy cut. Less stress and it's over fast.
• United States
22 Feb 09
i wonder it its diffrent for girls because its not so close to the scalp and they cant feel it as mutch with the longer hair and stuch
29 Aug 09
My son has ASD and generally doesnt have a problem with haircuts. He usually sits pretty still and is quite good. But the last couple of times he has beenquite squirmy and restless and I think he has developed a sensitivity to the noise and feel of the clippers. Has anyone else experienced this, new sensitivities developing in their autistic child? BTW, Kaylexful, I found the reward thing works. My son gets a lollipop after each haircut, which makes it a little (not a lot) easier!
• United States
22 Feb 09
if you keep rewarding him every time he gets a hair cut and see if the air one him bothers him and try to fix it that may help
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
26 Dec 08
My 11 year old son has Autism. Haircuts were very traumatic for him when he was younger and he still doesn't care for them now. But when he was younger and he was in dire need of a haircut I would wait until after he would fall asleep to cut his hair. It wasn't easy since he was laying down, but I'd snip a little here, a little there. He would squirm from the sound of the scissors snipping and sometimes he would wake up, but when that would happen I would stop immediately and hide the scissors from his view. Once my husband was able to cut our son's hair when our son was about 4 years old. Apparently my husband used a push mower to keep our son distracted and sitting in one place. My husband would push the mower back and forth a few times, snip a few locks of hair in between, then push the mower again. My husband did that until he got our son's hair completely cut. A year or so ago I figured out why my son hated haircuts so much. He doesn't like the cut hair falling and landing on his shoulders and back. It irritates him and makes him itch. Which I can understand as I know how it feels. So now I try my best not to let that happen. I have since gained his trust and he lets me cut his hair. Though the last time I cut it, some of the cut hair ended up on him and I had to brush it off him and give him a different shirt.