2.15.2013

Autism, compulsions and avant-garde haircuts

Sophie lounging post-haircut

I have noticed my past several posts were rather um, verbose, so this won't be so long. That's the plan anyway.

One of Sophie's more disturbing behaviours is pulling out her hair. She yanks out a strand, then runs it along her tongue. It has gotten a bit better since we started using the chewing necklaces, but she has managed to create a pretty hefty bald spot on the left side of her hair (the light side, I suspect that hair is weaker and easier to pull out). I have to admit we had a hard time with this. I guess this went beyond quirky and into self-harming in our minds. One of the scariest autism traits.

Sophie's self-induced bald spot

 

So we have decided to give her a fashionable, shaved-on-one-side haircut. It's a blessing of sorts that these kind of haircuts are in fashion now and she might look deliberately punky, as opposed to very weird :)

Watching Thomas, not bothered by haircut

 

She tolerated the haircut well, she can tolerate a lot with Thomas on the IPad and a bowl of blueberries in front of her. Her daddy buzzed her with an electric razor on the side and trimmed up the rest for a shapely bob.

It turned out well. Hopefully now her hair can grow back stronger. She seems to have dropped that habit anyway in favour of chewing everything in sight and digging in her diaper. She is a bundle of compulsions, moves from one to the other. I do wonder what's next sometimes... But for tonight I am happy Sophie has a funky, cute haircut instead of an awkward fuzzy bald spot. I will worry about compulsive behaviours some other time.

She knows she's fab

 

4 comments:

  1. awww she is sooo cute
    I love what you did with the haircut
    cool

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  2. That is adorable! I feel you on the "what's next"-ing...

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  3. What a great cut, on a beautiful kid. Just noticed that I never noticed your comment on my blog, so I followed it over here. I think your husband may have done a better job than I did, actually. And I'm impressed she sat through the whole thing, without (as far as I can tell) any bribes? Anyway, good job!

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