I'm going to be honest - I broke down bawling in the middle of the hair salon and had to be comforted by the hairdresser (who was, in fact, the mother of a child on the spectrum herself, hence the reason we chose that salon). I know, as a nanny, people don't expect you to care that much about the children, which probably contributed to the hairdresser's surprise at my tears, but I love all the kids I work with dearly and to see them afraid or in pain - even if it's a great milestone in expressive language, it breaks my heart. Sometimes good things don't feel so good.
To read about the eventual successful haircut we had (which was not that day, I assure you), and what we did to make it successful, read about what we have dubbed "The Lego Trim" here:
To read about the other things I'd tried (this was written about what I'd done right before my salon breakdown), read this post:
For some background on the haircuts, for anyone who is interested, we had probably five different only semi-successful (or completely unsuccessful, in the case of the one I wrote about) haircuts before we found the recipe that worked for him. But now that we've figured it out, he is doing SO much better with haircuts and what was once a traumatic experience is now one he requests! (About a month ago he wanted to go see a movie and when I told him not today he said, "Maybe after haircut." He knows that's one of his rewards and he was actively seeking it out to get to what he wanted!) It's a story about the importance of not giving up until you find the formula that works best for the child involved.
How about you all - have you had any experiences like this?