What to expect when getting your autistic child’s haircut Mary December 26, 2014 Stories Haircuts at an early age, consisted of sensory issues that comes with autism. Don’t touch my hands, back, feet, by all means please don’t touch my head. Haircuts were a total nightmare and I learned that a sheet can be used for so much more than linen on the bed. Justin’s barber and I had to wrap him in a sheet, sit him in my lap and hold him as he got a haircut. Shun allowed Justin and I to come over when there was no one there and no one coming soon after. This was because he would have to regroup after wrestling with Justin to cut his hair. Justin had a special day and special time with this very special barber; whom would get all down on the floor if need be to get Justin’s haircut. After discovering one day that Shun had this cologne on his arm, a cologne that Justin seemed loved to smell. This would help keep Justin’s mind preoccupied with the smell and made it easier for Shun to cut his hair. These were some of the creative ways we used to get the haircut done for that hour. Did I say hour? Actually it literally took two and a half hours to cut Justin’s hair. I would always think, that before long the sheet holding will be a thing of the past. We went from holding Justin in a sheet to now sitting in the chair like a big boy. I thank God everyday that the sheet holding is certainly a thing of the past.