Barber Goes Extra Mile For Boy With Autism, Cuts Hair in the...

Barber Goes Extra Mile For Boy With Autism, Cuts Hair in the Car

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When this 16-year-old boy started having anxiety in the middle of a haircut, his mom figured he would be walking away with half a head of hair – that is, until the barber went the extra mile for her son.

Evan O’Dwyer has nonverbal autism and sensory disorders, making it very difficult for him to process sounds and commotion. His mother Deirdre usually resorts to clipping his nails and moisturizing his skin while he is asleep.

So when she first took her son Dylan to get his hair cut by Donncha O’Connell at the Baldy Barber in Blackpool, Ireland 21 years ago, she saw how good he was with kids – and Deirdre has been taking her sons to the barber ever since.

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Evan usually feels at ease around Donncha, but when he went in to get a haircut on Monday, he was strangely agitated. Every time Donncha attempted to use his clippers, Evan would jump out of his chair in anxiety.

In an effort to calm her son down, Deirdre took him back to his “safe place” – also known as her minivan.

Though it would have seemed that the haircut was over, Donncha offered to finish the trim inside the car. With the help of Evan’s brother, the two were able to finish the cut in the back seat of the van.

“It’s great when you have a brilliant barber and who totally understand autism and who will go to any lengths to make your child feel comfortable,” wrote Deirdre. “Fair play Donncha always making Evan feel at ease”

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(Photo by Deirdre O’Dwyer)

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