Natick, MA (PressExposure) June 15, 2009 -- Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of childrenâs hair salons in the U.S., is very proud to announce a partnership with the non-profit organization Autism Speaks. This partnership has produced the publication of a nine-page âHaircutting Training Guideâ booklet as well as a âTips For Successful Haircutsâ video, which gives both parents as well as Snip-its stylists tips on how to give autistic children a wonderful haircutting experience. A digital version of the âHaircutting Training Guideâ booklet and a copy of the video are currently featured on the âFamily Services-Community Connectionsâ page of the Autismspeaks.org Web site.
âWe are very proud that we can work in conjunction with a great non-profit charity like Autism Speaks,â says Christine Mudd, director of franchise development for Snip-its. âWe hope that our booklet and video can help families give children with autism a better experience in the salon.â
The âHaircutting Training Guideâ is an easy to read, nine page booklet which was created by Snip-its in conjunction with Autism Speaks and Melmark New England. The booklet outlines tips for both stylists and parents on how to best make haircuts a easy and stress free experience for children suffering from autism and gives stylists tips on how to speak and interact with these children while giving a haircut. The booklet also features a large section of tips for parents on how to alert management and stylists to your childâs individual needs pre-haircut and how to make their child comfortable throughout their haircutting experience.
The âHair Cutting Tips for Children with Autismâ video puts the tips outlined in the âHaircutting Training Guideâ booklet into an easy to follow video format. At Snip-its we take pride in giving children the best haircut, and the best experience possible. While a haircut involving a child with autism might be a bit more challenging, by following a few simple steps, we can assure both the child and the parent that they will experience a quick and enjoyable haircutting experience.
Autism is a complex neurological disorder that typically lasts throughout a personâs lifetime and effects 1 in 150 individuals. This makes autism more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. Autism knows no racial, ethnic or social lines and affects four times as many boys as it does girls. It impairs a personâs ability to communicate and relate to others and is associated with rigid routines and repetitive behavior. Symptoms can range from very mild to severe and while steps can be taken to make a autistic child more comfortable in society, no known cure is available at this time.