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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

THE CHRISTMAS WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER

 

Every family has a special Holiday memory. Some are hilarious, others are heart-breaking, and others just make you want to sigh.  The stories run the spectrum, if you will permit the pun. Perhaps they will give you pause this season to reflect, remember, and realize the wonderful uniqueness of our experience. A special thanks to all the parents who contributed their stories.

“Every year for 10 years M. would camp out in the hallway with his pillow, blanket and fan (he has slept with a humming fan next to his head all his life) to await the arrival of Santa (maybe catch a glimpse) and we had to traverse this blockade without waking him. It was a two-person job - a team effort - just to get the packages from point A (bedroom closet) to point B (under the tree.) M. never knew, never awoke even once and it kept the magic of Christmas alive, and the illusion of presents just suddenly appearing under the tree safe for another season”

“There was the year of my divorce where I had nothing to give my children, no money to buy gifts and no tree decorated and blinking. Just days before Christmas friends and family got together and delivered a small decorated tree, supplied gifts for my children and took us into their home for a holiday feast. Just days before I had been caught crying by my son. He responded by crawling into my lap, putting his hand on my face and said "momma" for the very first time. It turned out to be one of the best Christmases ever for me.”

“J. asked for a wide variety of items over the years: building blocks and Lego kits, Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Jurassic Park vehicles, Toy Story action figures, Thomas the Train VCR tapes and train accessories, space shuttle models, airplane models, a Big Wheel, a bike, Home Alone tapes and art supplies, books, clothes (as a teenager he became aware of his appearance and actually wanted clothes!), and sports paraphernalia from the local University. Take a look at that list again - nothing in it says autism . . . nothing.”

“ Church plays and concerts were met with tantrums and meltdowns – he hated the loudness of the music and although fascinated by the plays, did not wish to partake as one of the shepherds. Instead, our son crawled under the pews or walked the periphery or explored any region of the church he could get away with. And I would miss our other children who were in the play. I would wager that most parents at one time or another miss their other children's stuff too. Autism doesn't cause the problems - childhood does.”

“One year, we bought O. what he really likes for Christmas (ice pops, a sleeping bag and bubble wrap to name but a few) not the latest ‘must-have’ toys. He loved it!” 

“And while visiting Santa was traumatic as a small child, he finally did grow a desire to talk to the big guy in the red suit and it evolved almost overnight into a must-do ritual. Did it really matter that he was now 10 - 12 years old and twice the height of the other children in line? Did it matter that he would only stand next to Santa and talk, not sit on his lap? It never fazed Santa, it never fazed C.  and it never fazed us.”

“As a toddler, B. wasn't much interested in the Holiday television specials. But that soon changed. By the time B. was nearly four, he had become enamored of the specials—one of which even occasioned a true breakthrough. That Christmas, I was disconsolate. Then, one night, while I was watching the Grinch, B.—who couldn't sustain a conversation, who hated being touched—reached out to hold my hand at the climactic line: "Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp." This was the first time B. had reached out to me on his own, not to mention the first time it was clear he understood what he was watching. His hand retracted almost as soon as it was offered, but the impression had been made and my eyes filled with grateful tears.”

“M. reminds us daily that it is love that matters most - not the gifts or twinkling lights or Christmas songs but the deep desire to give the gifts, wanting to display the lights and to sing the songs that makes it all so magical. Autism does not prevent the desire and it does not prevent the love from being felt. Autism is just the surface. What is inside each of us is what matters, autistic or not. For my husband and me, M. makes Christmas, Christmas.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays!

 

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 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.

  

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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.  

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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.