Haircuts, while necessary, can be stressful events for you and your child. The unfamiliar sounds, sights, smells, and sensations of a hair-cutting experience can be overwhelming to any child, and especially those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many of the core challenges associated with ASD may be exacerbated during a haircut. Difficulties with communicating, reading the environmental and social cues of the situation, and responding to a task that is different from a usual routine can all cause stress and frustration. The inability to communicate needs or wants may lead to behaviors that interrupt or delay the hair-cutting process. A salon is a different environment from where your child may be comfortable and it may be difficult for your child to understand what he/she is meant to do in this new place. Furthermore, getting a haircut is not something that happens every day. It may come as a disruption in your child’s schedule and cause feelings of anxiety.
Considering the ways getting a haircut may cause distress for your child, use these tips for a successful visit:
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