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GOING TO SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME

The summer break is now officially half over and In a few short weeks school, the trek to school will begin. 

This is the first of three articles about school and your special needs child.  The two other articles will be on our website shortly:

  • Returning to school after the summer holidays
  • Homeschooling

In this article  let’s look at how to prepare your child for going to school (or preschool) for the very first time.

 

Entering school is a major event, no doubt about it.  An adjustment, a cause for excitement, and also the potential for anxiety for the student, the entire family.

But there are things than can smooth the transition. Here’s a few:

  • TALK, READ, CHAT:  Honest and open conversation about the first day is really helpful.  Lay out the entire day….when to wake up, the route you will take, what will happen during the day, end of day pick up.  Find books about the first day of school and read them together.  This is a time to be very supportive and positive.
  • SHOP TOGETHER: It can be a lot of fun to get that new lunchbox, backpack, or a new outfit or two.  Put your purchases aside and use only when school starts. That will make them super special.
  • PLAN AND TRY HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES: Very important for everyone, and particularly if your child is a picky eater. Is your child used to a hot lunch?  If you want to take warm items during the colder months, will your child have help with things like soups.  Planning ahead can avoid snack and lunch time disappointments….and melt downs.
  • THE SCHOOL SLEEP SCHEDULE: Ideally your child should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep every night. Figure out what time you want to get up for school and work backwards.  Start an hour before that to turn off screens and get into calming routines. But do it gradually if you can.  The sleep routine may be the single most important task we have for getting ready for school! 
  • PLAN, PLAN, AND THEN PLAN SOME MORE. Organization is the key to a successful transition.  Lay out clothes the night before.  Maybe make some casseroles for quick and easy dinners that first week. Think about pick up plans if your child is having a really bad day.

Before school commences and early on, the more time you can spend in your child’s new school, with their teacher and special needs aides, the easier will be the transition. School can be very rewarding, offering great educational and socializing opportunities. 

PERFECT DAY SPECIAL NEEDS STORE has products that can help your child ease the anxiety of going to school:  http://www.perfectdaystore.com/category_1/Fidgets-and-Hand-and-Wrist-Strengtheners.htm

And many educational games and toys:  http://www.perfectdaystore.com/category_11/Educational-Products-and-Games.htm

And very soon, our Handwriting Tool Kit.

 

 

 

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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

 

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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.  

Dab!!

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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.