new
sale
faqs
blog
twitter
facebook

 

WHY ROUTINE IS IMPORTANT, AND WHAT IT CAN TEACH US.

Perhaps, in your life B.C. (Before Children) you led a life wonderfully free of routine. You might have loved the gig economy, working odd hours that fit harmoniously with your biorhythms.  Or your grocery shopping was based on what you felt like eating that day, was fresh, or was on sale.

And then that life comes to a screeching halt.

Because you now a parent of a child on the spectrum, and he/she is at their best with a routine.

It’s a fact. Routines play an important role in the lives of people with autism. The everyday world as experience by neurotypicals, with its flashing lights, loud sounds and frenzied movement of crowds can be overwhelming to people with autism.

And people with autism are naturally drawn to routines.  In fact, because they are rewarding, they are motivated to repeat them.

Writing in Autism Speaks, Matthew, a father of two,  recounts about the day he and his son were late for school. The occasion was gift-wrapped for a meltdown, but because of a well-established routine this happened:

 

Everyday we do the same thing, and in doing the same thing we lay down patterns of expectations that make the world feel comfortable and manageable. Of course, because this morning we were running late I could feel myself getting stressed and a bit frantic, but I quickly decided to just go with the flow. And do you know what? Liam’s routine made me feel better. We said hello to the fish, we went into the gym, we put our things away, and we walked back to the classroom. Ahhh. To top it all off, I got to watch Liam march proudly into his classroom, wave to his teacher, and sit in his seat ready for circle time.

I still have so much to learn from this kid.

So do we all.

 

*****************************

 

 

 

SOCIAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND AUTISM

One of the challenges many children and adults on the spectrum face is learning how to act in the wide variety of social encounters.  We all face these on a daily basis, and within our children, the want to engage is often there, but such an experience can be utterly overwhelming.

We are all social beings.  We desire (and need) to be part of a community, even if such a desire remains unexpressed.  How can we help our children become more engaged with their world? One answer is to develop and enhance social skills.

Autism Speaks defines social skills as ‘the rules, customs, and abilities that guide our interactions with other people and the world around us. In general, people tend to “pick up” social skills in the same way they learn language skills: naturally and easily. Over time they build a social “map” of how to in act in situations and with others.’

People with autism can have a harder time picking up and learning these social cues.

The development of social skills for people with autism can involve:

  • Direct or explicit instruction and "teachable moments" with practice in realistic settings
  • Focus on timing and attention
  • Support for enhancing communication and sensory integration
  • Learning behaviors that predict important social outcomes like friendship and happiness
  • A way to build up cognitive and language skills

As there are a myriad of social encounters in many difficult locations, we can look to the following specialists to be a participant in the development of social skills:

  • occupational therapists
  • behavioral therapists
  • school psychologists
  • general education teachers
  • health and PE teachers 
  • many other direct care staff

Many of these skills can be taught within the context of a social skills group. Inquire if you think a group might be the right setting for you.

 

You can learn more about Perfect Day’s products for  social skills development by clicking on this link.

http://www.perfectdaystore.com/category_60/Social-Skills-Development.htm

 

.............................................................................................

 

WE HAVE ADDED A NEW CATEGORY IN OUR CATALOG

"THE BARGAIN BIN" 

YOU CAN FIND IT BY PRESSING HERE

SAVE UP TO 60% and more

This is the place to find:

Clearance Items

Items with small flaws

Demo items

Discontinued goods

And.....

"Ooops, we bought too many"

Please note that most sales are final, and item may be returned only in cases of a defect that has not been identified.  All returns must follow our standard return policies

 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 ABOUT PERFECT DAY

Our goal is simple: to give parents of special needs children a local site where they can purchase tools, clothing, games and toys that will assist and aid their children on their life's journey.

We primarily serve the Greater Victoria, Southern Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland, but of course we welcome interest from far and wide.

So please enjoy our selection of goods and perhaps you will find something that will turn any day into The Perfect Day.

  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  

FREE DELIVERY IN THE GREATER VICTORIA AREA

If ever you've ordered from Perfect Day, you know we will be able to deliver most orders within 48 hours unless we need to order elements of your purchase.  It is an efficient and trust worthy system.  

Deliveries to Sooke and Central and North Saanich may incur a delivery charge.

What's our fastest delivery time?  2 hours.  

Dab!!

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

AUTISM FUNDING FORMS

Need to order products under the BC Autism Funding Branch?

We can help with the paperwork and payments.  

By working with us, you can instruct the Branch to pay Perfect Day directly.  

You won't have to pay and wait for reimbursement.  We'll do the waiting for you.

In order for us to get started, we need a copy of the approval letter from the Branch as well as a copy of the form that was filled out by your Behavioural Consultant or other recognized health care professional.  It's called a Justification for Equipment/Supplies (also known as the JFE) , and you can find a blank copy of it here.

Once we get those two documents, we in turn fill out a form called the Request To Pay (or RTP), and then attach our quote.  We send the form and quote back to you via email. All you have to do is sign and date the form, and send it in to the Branch.  If you wish, you can send it back to us and we'll get it to the Branch, whatever you find easier.

Once  we receive approval of our quote, we deliver the order to you. And that's it!

We act in the strictest confidence.  We've worked with numerous families this way and all have been very pleased with the process.

Call (250.216.2445) or email us if you have any questions.