In January, stylists and managers at Cookie Cutters received training on techniques to ensure that children with special needs have a satisfying haircutting experience. The salon is one of the first local businesses to partner with the Autism Society of Texas to implement sensory-friendly accommodations.
One product of the partnership is a “social book,” which is a picture book that helps children understand the haircut process. The book serves to help prepare the child for the experience so they will know what to expect. The salon will also have lap blankets available to help soothe children during the haircut process and a treasure chest holding stress balls and toys. Other adjustments include playing classical music and adjusting the lighting.
“The most important thing is truly understanding the needs of all children,” says salon owner Don Avena. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Autism Society of Texas for many years to come.”
“The Autism Society of Texas was thrilled to train the Cookie Cutters team about autism, inclusion and sensory friendly environments,” says Suzanne Potts, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Texas. “We applaud their staff for being so thoughtful of the needs of those with autism and other disabilities.”
Photo courtesy of Cookie Cutters.