Lots of fun and events this month with Victoria Autism.
August 2019 Newsletter
Check out some Autism related events this month right here in Victoria, click below for more info and to register.

1) Rotary Victoria Harbourside is holding a Sensory Sensitive Screens of SuperPower Dogs on Sat, August 24th at 9AM. Register HERE.
2) VSCA Autism Parents BBQ Night Out at Rutledge Park on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30pm.
3) AutismBC BI Basic Training Workshop at University of Victoria. Two Day, Sat, Sept 7th and Sun, Sept 8th. Click for more details.
4) VSCA Autism Teen Go-Kart Event for ages 13+ teens! Sunday, Sept 8th at 1PM at Western Speedway
5) VSCA Autism Family Annual Heritage Acres Events on Saturday, Sept 14th at Heritage Acres.

Read below for even more details for this month. Please check our facebook page and/or website to register early or to get up to date information!

It’s August, and in a few short weeks, and one of three things will occur:
* Your child's first time at school,
* Your child will be returning to school, or
* Your child will be home schooled.
All three situations are different and each pose unique challenges. But they also have many things in common.

Click here to see jump down to Consumer Corner below to read more.
Did you know there are many opportunities for you to give back to your Autism community. We need volunteers to help be a pair of eyes for events and clean up to ensure the events go smooth and safe. If you can't commit to only 2 hours a month, just let us know as we have some single events that only would require a few hours over the whole year!

Email us at to find out more.
The Fringe Festival is taking a variety of new measure to increase access by having some chill space (lower level of market square) at some special events as well as relaxed performance and a special Fringing with Kids free day on August 24th (Click to find out more on their website). They're offering FREE Fringe Buttons to anyone needing to use these new accessibility services at the Fringe. Let them know you heard about the show through our society, Victoria Society for Children with Autism.
Unfortunately due to personal circumstances on our volunteer team, our Victoria Autism Expo has to be POSTPONED. Thank you for your understanding.
As a registered charity with CRA, we provide tax donation receipts and your donation helps with the work we do with individuals with Autism right here in Victoria!

You can make a gift by clicking here
Are you newly diagnosed or looking for some resources within the Community?
Consumer Corner - .. Continued from above..
Consumer Corner continued from above.. Back to school or home-school challenges:
  • SLEEP:   We can’t emphasize proper sleep hygiene enough.  Restorative sleep is the foundation of success during the day. 
Start now to return to earlier bed-times….gradually. 9 to 10 hours of sleep is the goal. It will help enormously if screens and devices can be turned off 1 hour before bed-time.

Anything you can do to take the ‘unknown’ out the experience is going to pay huge dividends:
  • TALK, READ, CHAT:   Lay out the entire day (pictures can be helpful) …when to wake up, what clothes to wear, breakfast, what route you will take to school etc.
  • MANY SCHOOLS are open at least a week before the official first day. Make an appointment to visit the school if going for the first time, or if a refresher is needed.  Try and set up appointments with TA’s.  This is the time to be extremely positive and supportive.  Be honest in your answers.
  • HOME SCHOOL: start to sketch out the learning blocks with your child….
  • SHOP TOGETHER:  It can be a fun experience to get new clothes, back packs, and supplies.  And with all your excursions, short and off hours might be the best.
  • PLAN AND TRY NEW HEALTHY SNACKS AND LUNCHES: now’s the time to find and try new foods that will appeal to your child.
No, you’re not the CEO of the Olympics, but it might seem that way sometimes.
If going to school, lay out clothes the night before. Have some easy dinners planned, or in the freezer for that first loopy week. If your child is not adjusting well, think about pick up options or other activities if home-schooled.
Above all, be supportive and positive.Your child will be looking to you for reassurance. And remember, every child is capable of great things.
Andrew Koster is the owner of Perfect Day Special Needs Store
Click links below for solutions and suggestions by Perfect Day: Writing skills tool kits, anxiety and calming kits and many other educational games and toys. For home school families, there's a sale on home school products until August 21st.
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