Angel Among Us is a cut above the rest!

PESOTUM, Ill. (WCIA) -- When you have a child with special needs, everyday errands and outings can be a struggle of monumental proportions. Sometimes, you just can't get them done.

One Angel Among us is making sure an area mom gets the help she needs in the most creative and loving way.

This is part of the Baird family. Mom, Heather, 7-year old Joseph, and 4-year old John. Dad works nights, so Heather is on her own during the week.

"It’s pretty difficult," said Baird.

That’s because both boys have been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder. They hear and they feel and they see everything and it overwhelms them.

Walmart is a big problem. Restaurants are a huge deal. Every noise, every light, anything that touches them can trigger a meltdown. Especially in young John.

"For him to get on the bus, every morning is a nightmare. He’s usually screaming his head off and all the while he’s kicking and screaming. That’s how I start my day."

But Lorrie Eckstein makes sure at least one task isn’t a struggle for the family. Eckstein owns Absolute Style, in Tolono. She’s cut Heather’s hair for years and then came the boys.

Joseph’s haircuts didn’t used to be this easy. Sometimes his were outside. Sometimes they took more than one day. Eckstein even bought quieter clippers to get the job done.

But right now, a new tool isn’t enough for John.

Eckstein said, "We do what we have to do."

When a comb can feel okay one day and like needles the next, it can be a challenge.

Baird said, "He loves her desk chair and he was laying upside down and was cutting his hair upside down because that’s where he was comfortable."

"We’ve gone in the office and I’ve told him the office is our quiet space so we only whisper in there and that helps," said Eckstein.

"She’s almost cut her finger off cutting their hair and she doesn’t get upset," remembered Baird. "She stays calm and she’s constantly talking to them."

Eckstein doesn’t think anything of it.

"This is what friends do. Friends step up. They help one another. They do what needs to be done."

Today, that meant a team effort.

Baird said, "To love our boys like her own, it’s just, I can’t put into words how amazing she is."

"It’s easy because I care about them so much," responded Eckstein.

This hairstylist doesn’t have special education training. She's just a mom who understands.

"I feel like her kids are a gift to me."

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