Children having their haircuts while being entertained with toys. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Smiles were seen across the faces of some 30 children with autism and sensory processing disorder at a recent haircutting event jointly organised by FasTracKids and Angeline Beauty and Salon.

The complimentary activity was aimed at sharing knowledge with the parents on how to make their children be comfortable during a haircut and how to attend to their sensory issues.

Not only the children were happy, but parents were also pleased and relieved with the professional barbers as such activity can be traumatic and painful to some children with special needs.

A 7-month-old child having her first haircut at the salon. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
A parent posing for a photo with his daughter after her haircut. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“This is the first time for our centre to do a free haircut session for kids with autism and sensory processing disorder. Why some may not enjoy hair cutting is due to the tools used by the hairdressers. Overseas, cutters used do not produce any sound so kids are not afraid,” said FasTracKids Enrichment Centre Executive Director Caroline Ang.

The centre which opened last January in Gadong provides a platform for children with special needs to develop lifelong learning skills through its innovative, technology-based curriculum, encouraging children to learn naturally.

A 26-year-old mother whose daughter is with autism said that she was glad to find out about the free haircut event.

A mother assisting a hairdresser to distract her son during the haircutting session. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“When I came across the advert on social media, I knew that I must try it with my daughter and to my surprise, she did not cry throughout the haircutting session. I am impressed with the hairdressers as they know how to handle the children,” said the mother of four-year-old Nur Najmina Khayla.

Angeline Beauty and Salon now has hair professionals who are trained to accommodate children with special needs.

The children also get to enjoy different activities and free consultation for parents on understanding autism better as well as on what the centre has to offer.

To know more about the FasTracKids Enrichment Centre, visit them at No 7, Bangunan Hasbullah 1, Jalan Gadong or contact them at 2450459 / 8770933.

Fastrackids Executive Director Caroline Ang (2nd L) speaking with a parent at the haircutting session. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
A child being entertained with toys before, during and after their haircuts. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

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