A haircut that has the potential to change a child’s life forever is as much about style as it it is about style.
But what is it, exactly?
How does one go about shaping their child’s hair into a unique hairstyle?
And how can they make it seem natural and naturalistic?
For this article, I wanted to examine a hairstyle popular among autistic kids that has been widely adopted by the media as a way of teaching them self-expression.
This hairstyle, called a hair cut, is the subject of a new documentary titled “The Autism Kids,” by PBS Newshour series The Autistic Eye.
It’s been described as a “child’s haircut” by the autism community, but that description can be misleading.
What I wanted, and hope to achieve, in the new documentary is to make a new perspective on the hairstyle and the challenges of making it.
Here are some things I found important:Autistic children are not a homogeneous group of people.
Autistic kids are not homogeneous in their style preferences.
Autism is not a “disease.”
Autism can be cured.
Autistics don’t have to conform to what we would call “norms.”
Autistic people have more of a range of personal expression than those of us who are not diagnosed with autism.
Autists are often referred to as “curious” or “fearless” because of their curiosity and independence.
Autistically-diagnosed children, like their parents, have more freedom than those who have not been diagnosed.
Autisms are generally not seen as lazy or lacking in creativity.
They are often viewed as less socially awkward than non-autistic peers.
They have more self-esteem than those with other disabilities.
Autist parents, who often struggle to connect with their autistic children, have less control over their autistic child.
Auties are generally viewed as more expressive than nonautistic parents.
It is the autistic parents who are seen as “in control.”
What I learned from the documentary:It is not possible to make the haircut look natural, and it is not necessary for autistic children to have a haircut that they like.
But it is important to make it appear that way to children who might otherwise be hesitant about styling their hair.
Autical children are seen to be curious, creative, and fearless, and this makes it easier for parents to connect to them.