Based on reading and also personal experiences, I know that some of the most difficult things for autistic children are haircut and brushing teeth. These are signs of sensory issues (a normal condition for special children).
Recently, I am PROUD to say that Abil has gotten his head shaved for the third time in his lifetime. All these while, we've been cutting his hair with scissors. Cutting his hair is chaotic + hectic. You need to be creative, patient and fast.
It is not easy putting on the shaver on Abil. We first tried using shavers on him about 2-3 years ago but he simply would not come near us as he could not stand the sound of the shaver. We tried several times and we failed.
A few months back, when he saw Zarif shaved his head, he showed signs that he wanted the same. Still, he was quite afraid and we only shaved the front part of his head. He could not tolerate the sound, also the sensation of the shaver.
The first two attempts was a 'haircut disaster'. Nonetheless, Abil showed tremendous improvement in his third attempt. I was amazed by his effort. God knows how difficult it is for him and he tried hard. My hubby did the shaving job. It is still a pretty demanding task especially shaving his hair around his ears and neck. But, it is a brilliant progress and i like it!!! Good job Abil!