For people with autism, sitting in a char to have a haircut can be a painful and uncomfortable experience because of the sensory challenges associated with the condition.
Evan O’Dwyer is a regular customer of The Baldy Barber in Blackpool, Cork. The 16-year-old has severe autism and is non-verbal.
He’s been visiting the shop with his mother Deirdre for 14 years but she explained that “getting a haircut is tough”.
Speaking to the The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s Red FM, she said: “Evan for the last 14 years has gone to the same place. I just found that there was something about [Donncha]. He’s so laidback. He’s so good.”
But Deirdre said that bringing her son to the barbershop is a two-person job and it all depends on Evan’s mood.
Yesterday, at the last minute, she decided to bring him in alone.
But as soon as he sat in the chair, Evan decided that …