A 6-year-old child with autism was seen getting his hair trimmed by a barber dedicated to making the process joyful in a poignant video uploaded on Instagram.
In the video, Jackson is seen standing up while Ree goes back and forth with him, cutting his hair expertly. The 6-year-old, who dislikes loud noises and having his hair touched, seemed up to the task, keeping up with Ree.
Listeners can also hear Ree reason and soothe Jackson throughout his haircut in the video.
Jackson’s mother, LaQuista Erinna, captioned the video, expressing her gratitude to the barber.
“@expozdcutz (put some respect on her name) has been a blessing to my family. When your kid is on the spectrum, people don’t want to be bothered,” she said. “She’s always been so patient and kind to Jack-Jack. Yesterday was an epic meltdown. I usually have to do some coaching to get him in the chair. He will put on his headphones, and we power through. Yesterday he forgot his headphones, and it went downhill fast.”
“He refused to sit in the chair and just lost it. Ree noticed his Super Mario bro hoodie (he’s low-key obsessed) and told him that he needed to save Mario by making sure no hair gets on him. She cut his hair while he moved and ran around the shop. His smile at the end was priceless,” she continued.
Erinna also started a GoFundMe page to support Ree’s work with special needs children.
“I was so moved by the patience and care provided to my son, and I decided to record. I had no idea that the video would go viral or so many parents of kids on the spectrum would reach out to me to share their story. Our barber, Ree, has been a blessing to our family since we moved back to GA. Getting haircuts can be scary and even traumatizing for someone with ASD. She nurtured this relationship and gained his trust. Haircuts are still scary for Jack-Jack, but we try to make it as comfortable as possible, and we NEVER force him to get a cut,” Erinna said in a comment under the video shared on YouTube.