Services for Special Needs Children
When The Hairy Elephant opened in 2003, we quickly saw the need to support parents of children with special needs. Our salon environment is welcoming and we never want a parent to feel self-conscience about their child and their haircut experience. We understand that it can be very scary to some children and our staff works hard to make these children feel comfortable.
Children with Autism have become a special area of focus for us. Special training for our staff, as well as information about what would be helpful to make a routine haircut easier for these children, was provided by local Autism groups.
Besides training, we work hard on the atmosphere. We even search out special tools of the trade. We utilize the quietest clippers and trimmers available professionally, and most stations have novelty cars for kids to sit on while getting a haircut. Adult styling chairs are also available for bigger kids or a child that is more comfortable sitting on a parent’s lap. Each station has a TV/DVD/VCR so children can watch one of our many movies or bring a favorite from home. We also have weighted lap pads and continue to look into other equipment to help make the haircut experience better.
Lastly, we encourage parents to request the same stylist each visit, as this allows the stylist and the child to get to know each other. We’ve learned that when a child consistently sees the same stylist, they come to know what to expect and, ultimately, the haircut experience becomes more comfortable, if not enjoyable.