For most of us, getting a haircut is a pretty normal everyday occurrence. From the shampooing and light head massage to the snipping of unwanted dead ends, the experience can actually be somewhat therapeutic.
But for a kid with autism, a trip to the barber can feel like a full-blown nightmare. Those dainty cutting shears might as well be a lawnmower plowing through your head.
Their space feels violated, their senses are overstimulated and the end result is often that of an atrociously uneven haircut along with a traumatized child.
But one barber is on a mission to change all of that.
James Williams went viral about a year ago when he was captured going the extra mile to cut one little boy’s hair. Mason was diagnosed with autism a few months prior, and his parents were really having a difficult time finding a barber who could get him comfortable enough to sit still long enough for a haircut.
After multiple failed attempts, James went to new lengths when he decided to lay down with the boy on the floor in order to finally set those clippers into action.
Millions were inspired by the barber’s compassionate act of service for a terrified child.
“I’m just glad [I’ve] been a part of the journey to put a smile on [their] faces,” James wrote. “Thank you for allowing me to help you guys. #barberlove.”
He has since founded the Autism Barbers Assemble, a team that puts on special events across the United Kingdom.
Just two days ago, James took the Internet by storm once again with a viral video of him giving another autistic child a haircut.
A little boy named Ethan has nonverbal autism and constantly struggles to remain still long enough for anyone to cut his hair. But with a little creativity, a few bites of chocolate, and a WHOLE lot of love and patience, James got the job done:
Supporting Those With Autism“My name is James Williams, founder of autism barbers assemble; a team doing special events across U.K. to help kids with autism get haircuts with fellow barbers. Ethan has autism and is non verbal, this is his second visit at my barbershop. This is one example that can be used. A great way to help a child get through the cut.”
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A Love What Matters Original Video
Submitted by James Williams
Posted by Love What Matters on Monday, January 9, 2017
The video was viewed over 1 million times in the first 24 hours and has reached 2.5 million views in just two days.
James is totally overwhelmed with joy by the support and encouragement he’s receiving from strangers around the world.
What an amazing display of true servanthood, to literally lay at the feet of a child in order to meet him where he is most comfortable. Now this is some #BarberLove worth sharing. ❤️️