Mayor of Rotherham joins in autism-friendly hairdressing session

AN AFTERNOON of low-stress hairdressing attracted grateful parents — including the Mayor of Rotherham.

The Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley joined others at Twisted Scissors for the autism friendly session on Sunday.

The High Street hairdresser offers monthly autism-friendly days for parents with affected children, run by salon owner Georgia Bell and colleague Claire Cant.

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Georgia said: “Children have longer slots for haircuts and we eliminate all sounds and smells from the salon.

“There are toys, sweets and a relaxed atmosphere — this has happened since last May and has proved a huge success.”

Around 20 children are seen each month at the special sessions, which are currently oversubscribed.

Georgia said: “To see how some of our kids have come on since providing the service has proven invaluable to us.

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“Just by continued sessions and building trust, children who originally wouldn’t entertain a haircut now have minimal issues.”

She added: “It’s been great to go on this journey with both children and parents.

“From the feedback we have received both verbally and on our Facebook page, parents feel this is a vital service for their children.”

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