Mom Struggles Calming Autistic Son During Haircut, Until Barber’s Act Immediately Goes Viral
Noelle Talmon 10/11/2017
Not everyone has the experience or patience to deal with special needs children, but there are some individuals who know exactly how to handle kids who require a little bit of extra care. Fauve has a six year old son named Wyatt who has autism. The little boy is hyposensitive and hypersensitive, which means he is over-sensitive to certain things and under-sensitive to others. This can make daily tasks very difficult.
When Fauve found a man who was comfortable dealing with kids like her son, she was extremely grateful. Fauve was so happy with how much he helped her child, she posted a photo of the pair that went viral.
According to Fauve, Wyatt often doesn't feel any pain, but he struggles immensely when someone attempts to cut his hair. It's not uncommon for hairstylists to cringe when they get Wyatt as a customer because he is so difficult to handle. Then there's Franz Jacob. He is a barber in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, about 372 miles from Montreal, who has made a trip to the barber shop much less intimidating for Wyatt. Fauve told CBC Radio-Canada:
"He welcomes him like his best friend. To see that he accepts these differences is just fantastic."
Franz has several customers with autism. He schedules their appointments at the end of the day so he can take his time with them. He also locks the door to the shop and keeps the place quiet. He wants to make sure these individuals are comfortable in an environment that makes them nervous.
The manner in which Jacob cuts Wyatt's hair may seem a bit unconventional. The barber explained:
''I understood that with Wyatt I have to follow him around the salon with my tools to finish the cut.''
This sometimes involves laying down on the floor with Wyatt and literally cutting his hair while they are on the carpet together. It's something Jacob says happens every time Wyatt comes in for a haircut. And while it may be unusual, it doesn't bother Jacob because he is very flexible when it comes to getting the job done.
Jacob started cutting hair when he was just 12 years old, and being a barber is a big part of who he is -- as is helping others. He spends more than an hour with each one of his special needs customers, who are entertained and distracted by the shop's atmosphere, which is decorated with interesting memorabilia.
Fauve posted a photo of Jacob on the ground with her son to raise awareness. She explained:
''Maybe it will open people's eyes that there are other ways to approach differences.''