A West Virginian mom is thanking the hairdresser who went beyond her usual duties to comfort her autistic son.
Isaiah, 4, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last February. He has difficulty handling things like large crowds and loud noises and has a sensory sensitivity around his ears, according to his mother, Jennifer McCafferty.
So when Sport Clips hair stylist, Kaylen Barker, went out of her way to show particular tenderness toward the boy, she made all the difference.
Barker, 28, has been a hairdresser for almost 10 years. In listening to her customer’s needs, she found space on the floor of the salon where Isaiah could relax while his hair was being trimmed.
On Dec 29. Jennifer shared a heartwarming photo to Facebook of her son, happy and calm, while having his hair done in a cozy corner of the Charleston salon.
“This woman, Kaylen, … did more for my heart than she will probably ever realize,” McCafferty wrote. “Haircuts with Isaiah are no small feat. He hates having anything near his ears, the sound of clippers sends him in to a tailspin.”
“I was ready to give up, but she wasn’t,” she said.
Barker was even able to coax Isaiah back into the salon chair to finish off the haircut.
It’s no wonder McCafferty’s Facebook post received nearly 100,000 likes. The comments section is filled with encouraging responses from fellow parents of kids with autism.
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