A local program trains barbers on how to interact with autistic children. Here are additional local resources for families dealing with autism.
6:31 PM EDT April 14, 2017
11:37 AM EDT May 4, 2017
A regular haircut requires special care for children with autism.
Mother Shante Harris launched a barber training program, so her autistic son could get successful trims. The program comes from her non-profit organization, Facing Autism with Children Everywhere, F.A.C.E.
"Ty is just absolutely amazing," Harris said. "He's been our Godsend, really."
Davis explains the barber training was critical to his success.
"The training helps a lot," said Davis. "So it gives you a whole intel and detailed lesson on what things to look out for, what things that you should do, what things to help you alleviate, and to calm a kid down."
Tashawn Pierre, the owner of Friendly Faces Barber Shop and Salon, understood mother Shante Harris' needs for her son. Being a parent herself, Pierre gave the green light to hold the special training sessions.
"It was important for me as a business that we do that for families," Pierre said. "I mean just to look at the relief on the mom's face, like 'Oh, I can get a haircut!' I mean something so basic to most people."
Below are a few local area resources for children with autism.