As any parent is well aware, young children can sometimes be a handful.
Luckily, there are plenty of amazing people out there who are great with children. And when it particularly comes to autistic children, there is a whole other layer that goes into communicating with them and understanding them.
Like this young autistic boy who was aided by a special service dog, autistic children just sometimes need a little extra love and attention.
And when I saw what one incredible barber did to calm a young child, I was completely floored…
Mason is a young boy living with his family in the United Kingdom. He also was recently diagnosed with autism. The extra attention Mason requires has made some of the “simpler” things in life — like getting a haircut — much more difficult.
Luckily, there are some great folks like Mason’s barber, James Williams, who are willing to go that extra mile to make a difference.
Scroll through to see why James and Mason’s story has gone absolutely viral.
What do you think of what James did for Mason? Let us know in the comments.
Young Mason is a very special boy who happens to have been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. As a result of his disorder, Mason occasionally has trouble sitting still for things like getting a haircut. In fact, whenever Mason would go to see his barber, James Williams, he would try to run away.
James writes on Facebook, 'Over [the] last few months, I have been attempting to find different ways to cut Mason's hair. He wouldn't allow me to go near one of his ears. He would run away [at] times if he wasn't up to it.'
But James decided to do whatever was necessary to make Mason comfortable for his haircut. He writes, 'Today I finally achieved it, where we both laid on the floor in silence.'
'He allowed me to cut away and give him his first proper haircut, again achieving something in a job I love, making both parents happy.'
James kept Mason distracted while he lay with him and gave him a spectacular haircut. James was able to break through to him 'by giving extra attention to Mason; by building a friendship and trust with Mason and myself.'
Not only did James make a connection with Mason, but his story and his photos have gone absolutely viral. The extra care he was willing to pay to Mason has proved inspirational to parents around the world.
James writes, '[When] I gave the finishing touch, I asked for a high-five. He hugged me. True barber love!'
James's willingness to go above and beyond to make a connection with this amazing and unique child proves that there truly are wonderful people in the world.
What do you think of what James did to connect with Mason? Do you have any incredible children like Mason in your life? Let us know in the comments.
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