After having issues with getting her autistic son’s hair cut, Denine Davies heard of a barber named James Williams. She was a bit reluctant to take the boy since he was afraid of getting his hair cut after having a bad experience when he was 18 months old.
The mother and son visited James at Jim the Trim in Briton Ferry, Wales, UK. James tried to build some kind of relationship with the boy so that he could successfully cut his hair without any issues.
The autistic boy lay on the floor instead playing on his mother’s iPhone and James immediately jumped on the opportunity to get the boy’s hair cut. He laid down on the ground with the boy and started to cut away.
The mother spoke out:
‘People don’t realise how difficult it can be for a child with ASD and how much it means to parents like me and Jamie.
‘This was the first proper haircut he has had since he was 18 months old. Seeing Mason get stressed and upset is so traumatic so when James did this it meant the world.’
James the barber said:
‘I know how difficult it can be and my main concern was making sure Mason was happy and not upset.
‘So when I saw he was comfortable on the floor, I thought nothing of getting down on my belly and having a go.
‘It’s the oddest place I’ve ever cut someone’s hair, but if that is what works, that is fine with me.
‘Once I started doing it I looked up at Denine and Jamie and they were both speechless. They clearly couldn’t believe it and were so happy.
‘They have clearly gone through so much with him so to see him let me do it with no fuss clearly meant a lot.
‘I felt chuffed to have been able to help but didn’t think much more about it. But before I knew it, the pictures had gone viral and I had lots of other parents coming up and say “did I realise how much what I had done meant”.
‘There are lots of parents saying they will bring their children here now.’
What a legend. There really should be more people like this guy in the world.
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