When William came to Woodview in 2012 one of his challenges was not being able to tolerate a hair cut- something the family wanted him to be able to accomplish. The mere presence of hair buzzers was a struggle, making William anxious, and agitated.
For a month his team worked closely with him and his family to increase his tolerance step by step; they taught William to use strategies to regulate his emotions and be able to cope in tough situations.
William moved from being able to remain calm with the buzzers on the table in front of him, to sitting in a chair with them touching his head lightly. It was a victory when the team turned on the buzzer for the first time and William was able to remain calm.
The next phase, once a skill is mastered in Woodview’s structured setting, is to be able to manage at home and in the community – this can be a challenge but William was a Super Star! Here’s a note from his Mom after his hair cut at home.
I thought you’d like to know that my husband cut William’s hair today and it was the best haircut session ever! He did wail a little bit but he never got as upset as he used to get. It ended up being a very positive experience for all!
– William’s Mom