A kindhearted barber in Mentor, Ohio, gave a 7-year-old boy with autism a haircut outside to make him feel more comfortable.
Ashley Juby said when her son Brycen Juby was 2.5 years old, he was diagnosed with autism and apraxia of speech and was nonverbal until he was 5, TODAY Parents reported.
As a toddler, Brycen was able to get his haircut at “kiddie salons.” But the experience became too traumatizing for him when he grew older, so his parents opted to cut his hair at home.
However, Brycen, now 7, started to tolerate the haircuts without crying, and Ashley Juby and her husband, Joe Juby, thought it might be time to try a barber again before his first school picture day. This was especially important because this is Brycen’s first year at public school.
So, Ashley reached out to Marky Fresh Barbershop asking if they could get her son a haircut after the shop was closed, hoping he would be more comfortable when the shop was less busy.
Marco Conti, co-owner of Marky Fresh Barbershop in Mentor, Ohio, did not hesitate to accommodate their request.
Conti set up a time to give Brycen his haircut on Oct. 12.
When Brycen and his father arrived, the boy “became very emotional with the whole situation, Conti said. “I could tell he felt more comfortable outside so I was like right off the cuff, ‘What if we cut your hair outside? Would you feel more comfortable?’ He agreed. I just wanted to make him feel safe and comfortable.”
“It’s pretty fantastic. I found if you reach out, there are good people that are willing to help you,” Ashley said.
Ashley hopes people take away from her son’s dapper new hairdo, she added, “You never know someone else’s story. … If you see a little kid and he’s super upset, just be kind, be patient, be compassionate, and maybe ask if they need help. A little can go a long way.”
“Be compassionate to one another,” Conti agreed and said. “Even the smallest act of kindness can mean the world to someone.”