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Barber gets on the ground to give trauma-free trim to child with autism

James Williams spent months working with young Mason to give him a trim without trauma.
/ Source: TODAY

Little Mason was in bad need of a haircut.

But the child, who was recently diagnosed with autism, was unwilling to be touched on certain parts of his head by a barber.

Fortunately, his parents, Jamie Lewis and Denine Davis, were recommended to possibly the most patient and determined barber around: James Williams of West Glamorgan, Wales, who spent months — yes, months — working with Mason to give him a trauma-free trim.

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On Wednesday, Williams uploaded a Facebook post describing his inspiring experience working with Mason.

Over the last few months, he had been seeking different ways to cut Mason's hair, as Mason “wouldn't allow me to go near one of his ears.”

"He would run away if he wasn't up to it," Williams wrote.

Photos with the post showed one of Williams’ brilliant solutions: He is literally on the floor with the child.

Mason is pretty much just doing his own thing, scrolling through a smartphone and seemingly at ease while Williams gently clips away.

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As it turns out, the post, which has been shared nearly 900 times and accrued over 4,000 likes, marked the end of a very special journey.

Williams finally finished cutting little Mason's hair.

"Today I finally achieved it where we both layed [sic] on the floor in silence & he allowed me to cut away & give him his first proper haircut," Williams wrote.

And it was documenting his own achievement as a barber, that Williams was most interested in sharing when he posted the news to Facebook.

"When I posted the photos, I just wanted to show an achievement," the 26-year-old barber told via Skype chat.

"The experience was amazing, and after I [lay] on the floor to cut [Mason's] hair, I just had to post it to humor myself. I just couldn't believe I was cutting hair in that position," said Williams.

While Williams is deservedly impressed with his creative approach with Mason, he suggests that to an extent, working with this child was no different than working with other children, and that Mason is a great kid.

"Mason is a happy child," said Williams. "When he comes to my shop, he plays on his phone which seems to calm him and take his mind off everything else."

Williams is humble when it comes to his work with Mason, suggesting that many barbers would do the same.

"There are so many other barber/stylists that know how to work with ASD," noted Williams. "They deserve the credit as much as me. I'm just thrilled to have put my village on the map and to [have reached] so many family's heart."

Williams is also quick to add that Mason himself deserves a round of applause.

"Mason is the superstar for [taking] such a great step [by] having his first proper haircut," said Williams.