So I took Nathan to get a haircut today: I know you are thinking, big deal, right? But it's been years since I have taken him in because he tends to freak out. I cut his hair myself it but it's not perfect at all. He moves and complains and I've left the poor little guy with bald spots before when he turns at the wrong moment with the trimmer in my hand. He doesn't like the noise the clippers make and he hates the hair pieces that get on him. All in all, he HATES having his hair cut.
So yesterday I prepped him that I would be taking him in to get his hair cut. He was not pleased. He argued. He complained. He begged.
Today, I reminded him I was taking him in and he said, "Please, you just do it. I think you do a good job."
But I told him with a wedding coming up I wanted his hair to look really good.
My intentions were to take him this morning but I spent all morning clearing out the kids room, cleaning up, rearranging. (Nesting?)
After lunch I took them to the park and dropped them off with Chris while I returned a DVD to the library but Chris found obscene writings and drawings on the park so I hurried back to the pick them up and we went to a different park.
I had intended to take him to get his hair done afterwards but it got too late so we came back, had a rest and a snack.
We went to a thrift store for a look around and then the moment of truth. He was anxious as we went to Great Clips. We walked in and the girl at the front desk said it would only be a minute and a woman came and said, "I can take you now."
Sometimes I hesitate to tell people, "Nathan, has Aspergers." I want them to just treat him like any other five year old.
So I bumbled through a crazy, disjointed explanation of, "He's nervous and he might move around a lot. He doesn't like the sound of the clippers and he can get agitated."
She said, "I am sure he will do fine. I'll take it slow."
"If you can just tell him what you are going to do first it will help."
Her reply, "My son is Autistic and hates having his hair cut so I know how to handle this."
"He has Aspergers!"
"That's what my son has," she replied with a smile.
And she was perfect! Walked him through the whole thing and took her time and talked with him and she was wonderful!!! And Nathan got a really nice hair cut.
Right person. Right time. Orchestrated steps.....
And Nathan tore his clothes off as soon as he got into the house so he could have a shower to get the bits of hair off. :)