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Good Day / Bad Day

This tool helps with understanding what is important to and for people, to have the life that they want.

Good day
This webcast looks at both Good Bay / Bad Day (from the beginning) & Perfect Week (starts at 2:52).

The Good Day / Bad Day person-centred thinking tool helps us to sort out and understand the important aspects of a person’s day to day living. This tool helps with understanding what is important to and for people, to have the life that they want. It is particularly useful if a person you know is having more bad days than good or is moving to a new setting where people won’t know what a good day looks like for a person.

Asking people to describe what happens on a good or bad day, what routines help towards a good day or what events can lead to a bad day enables us to understand what is important and meaningful to the individual.

Often there are quite simple things that happen that can make a day good that we may not have thought about, for example, a person whose day is good if they get the seat they like on a bus or a day is bad if the canteen runs out of ketchup. They may be things that we regard as small or unimportant but are actually really important to the individual.

There could be more complex situations that lead to bad days, such as an increase in mental health needs or not getting the right support at the right time. This simple tool can highlight where there are barriers to having good days that require careful thought and planning by people’s circles of support.

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This resource was created by the National Development Team for Inclusion as part of our delivery of the Preparing for Adulthood programme, which is funded by the Department of Education to support for the SEND reforms.

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