When someone has autism, the smallest gestures of kindness and comfort can make a huge difference.
Evan O’Dwyer, 16, has severe autism, that leaves him non-verbal and extremely sensitive in terms of sensory input.
‘He doesn’t like anyone touching him or invading his space,’ his mum, Deirdre, tells metro.co.uk.
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‘I have to shave him, brush his teeth, moisturise his skin, and cut his nails while he is asleep.’
On Monday Evan was due to get a haircut from his regular barber, Donncha O’Connell, who works at the Baldy Barber in Blackpool, Ireland.
Evan’s been going to Donncha for years, after Deirdre met the barber 21 years ago, when he started cutting her older son, Dylan’s, hair.
‘He was so good with children I just stayed with him,’ she says.
Being familiar with Donncha helps Evan to get his haircut – something that is incredibly difficult for him. But …
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