Quadruplets Born When Mum is over 38

For many who get married in their mid to late 30’s or older, doctors love to say that having children naturally is not possible. I know first hand how hard it can be to be told that once you are over 35 years old, parenthood is near impossible and natural pregnancy just can not happen.

I love to share stories that provide hope and the video that follows does exactly that. There is an earlier video that outlines more details of this incredible story.

Imagine getting married at age 38 years. If you are like the couple in the video, or any normal couple, you will want to begin a family. What I love about this video is that it proves that not only can G-d provide babies after the woman is 35 years, but there can even be both healthy babies and multiple births. Miracles do happen and this video attests to that.

 

Watch it in full, enjoy it and let us know what part of the video helps to give you hope of having a healthy child over 35 years and even over 38.

 

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A Lesson in Kindness

Circling the world with words: "We can change the world with Kindness"

My great-grandmother used to teach: “Do good and be good!” – a teaching that filtered down through her daughter to her granddaughter; and her great-granddaughter after her. This provided an unbroken chain on the importance of spreading goodness and kindness wherever and whenever possible. Where did she get this teaching from?

She was the granddaughter of a great rabbi in Dublin who taught the importance of bestowing kindness to our fellow Jew – a teaching that comes from none other than Avraham Avinu, our patriarch and Sarah Imanu, our matriarch. All of this might seem like interesting concepts. Nice ideas. The right thing to do when presented with a situation that someone needs help.

When one is on the receiving end of needing help, it makes one realise just how special this quality is and what extent of sensitivity can help to ease the pain of a fellow Jew or human being.

Just recently I found myself in a position of need, when unforeseen circumstances resulted in my spending a short period of time in hospital, followed by several days unable to take care of certain basic necessities. Feeling dreadful, I reached for the phone to call a friend to ask that she pray for my speedy recovery. Being new in the area I live in, I did not yet have a support system of anyone to ask to help prepare food for Shabbat, to give advice as to the best doctor to go to, to give my husband and me some support.

I thought I wanted my friend to pray for my recovery, but Hashem (G-d) heard my silent cry for help and set up everything that I should receive just that. Instead of talking to my friend, I found myself talking to her mother, who immediately said she knew just the person to help. She made a call and very shortly my whole situation changed. Yes I still had to go to doctors, yes I still had to recover and deal with the pain but over the next few days, it became very evident how G-d was directing things. From not knowing anyone in our area, suddenly through an interesting turn of events, I was put in touch with a very caring person and before I knew it, a support system had been established. Having no appetite and unable to stand for long, I had no idea how I would cook for my husband. This problem dissolved as I was sent one thoughtful and caring Jew after another.

Of all of the new friends, one stands out as a model of how to offer help to your fellow Jew. This wonderful woman called and introduced herself, saying who had given her my name. She then said: “I understand something not so nice happened to you, how can I help?” There were no questions, no lectures. She had no need to know any details. All that mattered was what were the needs of the person she was about to help – in this case, me.

When I began to tell her, she listened and offered to come over with a meal. I expected some soup, enough for 2 for one meal or something simple. How pleasantly surprised we were to discover soup, chicken and vegetables enough to be heated up for a few meals.

When bringing the food, she came in and visited me for a while. When I mentioned I needed a certain type doctor in our area, she did not just give a name and say, “now call him yourself!” Rather, she realized that I was a little confused and so she asked for my phone and called herself. She insisted I have the soonest appointment they could give me and made sure all the details were written down for me, including showing me on the map how to get there.

Each time she called, it was like a breath of fresh air. It is so easy when wanting to help another to reach out with a hidden agenda. So often the story of what another is going through is interesting. We want to know. We want to give our views and opinions. We want to tell others not to question, to have faith etc, etc. When one is ill though, it is not easy to talk too much. Not everyone wants to talk about what is happening. Sometimes we just need practical help and wait and long for the person phoning, visiting or showing they care to stop long enough to listen to our needs. Perhaps we need a meal cooked, an errand run. Perhaps we need help with some household task or information about a doctor. Sometimes we just need someone to be there.

This is exactly how this special Jewish woman behaved. No lectures, no digging for information, no projecting her views, needs or perspective. She put aside who she was and where she was coming from, and was just there for the other; available for what was needed and prepared to call others to do what she could not do herself.

What a beautiful lesson she taught, an obvious messenger sent by G-d. If we can all emulate this kind of consideration for another, we will make our forefather Avraham very proud of us. Not to mention the Nachas to Hashem or the obvious relief of pain by sharing with another in a manner that meets their needs and not our own hidden agenda.

As it is brought down in Likutey Moharan I:34 “In every Jew there is something precious, a virtue not found in his friend … with this he can inspire his friend to Avodas Hashem. His friend must acknowledge and accept this good point, as it is written of the angels, “They receive each from the other.” (Targum on Isaiah 6:3)

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Review of Healing Your Life Through Activity …

Character of a Book

After doing some further editing and improving of my book promoting occupational therapy the book is finally back up for sale. I am very grateful to be gradually beginning to receive feedback on the book. The following review has just been emailed to me.

Healing Your Life Through Activity…

“A well presented book taking the reader on a journey of learning.

From the first page to the last a fountain of information set down in a way that requires little effort from the reader to garner complete understanding.

A charming memoir of an occupational therapist, that not only is an obvious asset to her career but also a staunch humanitarian as well.”

~ Dr. Gary Seymour

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Please help me to decide whether to add this review to the letters of approbation within the book or to place it on the back cover. You can post your comment in the comments below.

To purchase your copy of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” you can find it on Amazon in US, Canada, UK and Europe. It is also available on Book Depository and other online bookstores.

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Interview with Scott Harmon about his new Academy

Photograph of Scott Harmon

I get very inspired when I hear of an Occupational Therapist coming up with an innovative idea. A few years ago, I connected with fellow Occupational Therapist, Scott Harmon, in a professional group on Linked In. I have been very impressed to follow some of his pod casts and to learn from his website

Scott is always easy to interact with and shares so much on many levels about becoming successful as an OT who is an entrepreneur. I am very impressed to hear of the Academy of Private Practice (APP) that Scott has started. I could definitely have used such an academy when I first began to explore working privately. I asked Scott a few questions related to how he came up with such a wonderful idea. Enjoy the interview below to learn some of the background to Scott’s Academy.

Q1) Hi Scott, thank you for agreeing to answer some questions related to your new Academy. To introduce this wonderful new service can you share who works in APP, is there a team or is that all your work?

Scott: “The Academy is hosted and run by me. I do use a virtual assistant to help with editing and simple website tasks. One great aspect of the Academy is the therapists who are members all help each other. This happens specifically in our monthly Mastermind meetings and in our private Facebook group. The Mastermind meetings are a video conference with 6-8 other practice owners. In each Mastermind we focus on one therapist and a few of their most pressing questions. I am always amazed at the great ideas and advice that come from the members.”

Academy of Private Practice Logo

Q2)    What inspired you to develop APP.

Scott: “The Academy is what I wish I would have had when I first started my practice and then in the early years as I tried to figure out how to grow and improve on my business. My initial idea was to start a podcast and a website which is what I did. I listen to a lot of podcasts and I thought it would be fun to have my own podcast. At about the same time as I had this idea, a friend who  graduated OT school with my wife asked if she could come to my clinic and ask me some questions about private practice. She and 3 of her friends were going to start their own practice. They visited with me for a few hours and I really enjoyed answering their questions and they really valued my advice and insight. It was at that point that I realized that what I had learned over the years could really benefit other therapists who were interested in starting their own practice. It wasn’t that I knew everything. I still don’t know everything and never will. It was that I was a little further down the road than these therapists who were asking me questions. I had made some mistakes that I could help them avoid. My thought then was to share what I knew on my website at StartaTherapyPractice.com and in a podcast. I was able to do this because I had put systems in my business that allowed me to step back from the day to day tasks of my private practice. I had some time to teach what I was doing.”

Q3)   For those OTs who have an entrepreneurial spirit, how do you find time to write an eBook, develop an online academy and run two private practices?

Scott: “As I mentioned in question 2 above, I started implementing some automating systems in my business. I began to document what day to day tasks I was performing that I knew someone else could do just as good or even better than me. I started with tasks that were repetitive and easy to do but took a lot of my time. I used screen capture tools like Snagit and Camtasia to show how to perform these tasks. You can see how I do this at StartaTherapyPractice.com/sop

Q4)  Who has been your greatest inspiration / role model for OT in general and for working privately in particular?

Scott: “A role model for OT in general is Jean Ayres. I am inspired by the children I treat. I get some of my best treatment ideas from watching children play. I like to notice what they like to do and then put a twist on that activity to make it more challenging and novel. We all learn from novel or new activities.

A role model I have for private practice are some of the business books that I have read. Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership is a must read. I have put other must read books over at StartaTherapyPractice.com/resources

Q5) Our clients certainly are inspirational. I love the idea of gaining treatment ideas from watching children play. Thank you for sharing that. Before we end, what message would you like to share with readers as to your journey from becoming an OT to being a private practitioner and entrepreneur.

Scott: “Business is about relationships. To the degree that you like people and want to find out how best to serve them will determine how successful you will be.”

Thank you Scott for sharing about your work to help other OTs to gain skills, information and guidance in how to develop a private practice. Thank you also for all that you share on your website.

What are your thoughts about working privately and / or about working from home? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Inspiring Change Thanks to A Creative and Caring Teacher

woman supporting learning

Many people ask me what kind of role can an OT possibly have for orphans. There is quite a bit of similarity between many orphans and underprivileged children. In fact, many from poor homes are orphans from one or both parents. To begin to explain the kinds of needs that those from less fortunate homes might experience, I have decided to begin sharing some experiences and meaningful videos. In this case, we are looking at children in the education system and how their home life impacts on their learning experience.

My mother used to work for a Feeding Scheme that enabled hundreds of thousands of hungry children to have food at the start of the day. They even continued to have vegetable gardens at many of the schools. The motto of this organization was: “You Can’t Feed a Hungry Child!” I learned a lot about this population through the work my mother was involved in as well as my own work experience. As a result, I understand exactly what teacher Mr Bonner says when he describes the challenge he faces in the school where he teaches.

Take a look at his creative and innovative way to help to inspire these children to learn. I’d love to hear how these children obtained the nutrition to concentrate and learn effectively, but the video below is very inspiring anyway.

Of course, we have to thank Ellen from The Ellen Show for her appreciation of teachers and all that she does to assist in uplifting those in need wherever she can.

What would you do to help inspire hungry children?

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A Fun Tip to Improve Writing Grip

I recently posted an introductory post on the topic of hand writing and the skills required in order to write effectively. In this post I would like to share a youtube video that I produced a few weeks ago. In this video, I demonstrate a fun tip of how to improve one’s writing grip and alignment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Take a look.

If you or your child are in need of assistance to improve your fine motor and writing skills, be in touch for an evaluation with a view to beginning occupational therapy intervention.

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Paintings on Silk – Gifts for a Mother!

mother and baby elephants painted on silk

What kind of gifts do you give to your mother for her birthday? Have you considered being creative in your gift giving? Some years ago, my birthday present to my mother was a full day workshop about how to paint on silk.  I accompanied my mother and the two of us had a wonderful time learning how to paint on silk.

My mother painted a beautiful calming picture of yellow daffodils. For her next birthday, I had the painting framed and she has the painting on the wall in her spare room. All these years later she has the joy of the memory from that fun workshop that we experienced together. In addition, the painting is happy and calming and everyone who sees it benefits from her creative and artistic skills.

On my side, I decided to paint two elephants, mother and baby. I thought of painting them at dusk, as the sky begins to change. As things turn out, I kind of got the colours reversed. How good are you at visual memory? Have you noticed that the yellow of the setting or rising sun is usually closer to the horizon? Woops! Oh well, it became a bit of fun in the picture, kind of a talking piece.

I had the painting framed by floating it in glass so that the light shining through adds some atmosphere to the painting.

deer painting on silk

Some time later I decided to paint another picture on silk. This one is of a deer or springbok. Both of the paintings have been framed with a wooden frame to give the African feel that is called for as both paintings were painted in South Africa.

I am now moving forward to sell these and other paintings of mine. I have a few others that are painted on silk, though most of my painting on silk was commissioned and hence went to the person who commissioned it directly. Stay tuned for my creative website which will give me the opportunity to sell my art online. In the meantime, these paintings are both 39 cm square. They have hooks attached at the back in order to facilitate hanging the paintings. Since the paintings are floated in glass, these paintings should ideally be collected in person. Shipping might be possible but there is a risk of breakage.

Selling price for these paintings is ₪750 each.

If you are interested in commissioning a painting or gift, please do be in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Writing Skills and Occupational Therapy – Introductory Post

boy writing

boy writing 

Some time ago, I posted a question on Facebook asking if anyone knew which muscles are used in the act of writing. The answers that came back made me realise that the post I initially intended to write needs to be expanded. I was going to write a blog post regarding the physical component of writing; this being the ability to sit at a table in the correct position, stabilize the page and be able to hold a writing implement in the appropriate manner to begin writing. As the answers reflected, the act of writing requires much more than just the physical component.

I aim to help you to understand the complex task of writing over a series of posts. The posts that I have in mind will, therefore, take a look at:

  • The skills and components that go into being able to write and how the occupational therapist can assist someone to improve their level of independence and performance in writing.
  • The different ages that an occupational therapist may be required to assist with handwriting and for what possible reasons. Many who know of the role of the occupational therapist in assisting a person to write effectively, think of the intervention for a child. Although this is true and we will take a look at this, there are various reasons why a teenager, adult or even an elderly person might require an occupational therapist to assist with the important task of writing.
  • The modern trend that affects everyone’s handwriting in today’s time. That is the use of the computer and technology.

If you have specific questions regarding occupational therapy and writing, please do post a comment below. If you or your child have a need for occupational therapy intervention in the area of fine motor and writing skills, please email me to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. You can also sign up for my newsletter via the main page of this website.

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Appropriate Focus For Every Day

Secretary

 

In the previous post, Positive Approach Through Life,  I shared a poem that my late grandmother loved to recite. She often taught her children (and grandchildren) deep and beautiful teachings through an appropriate poem. Here is another poem with a powerful messages.

The Difference:

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t G-d help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”

I tried to come into G-d’s presence,
I used all my keys at the lock.
G-d gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”

I woke up early this morning
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

~ author  Grace L Naessens.

So often in the modern, hurried life we live in, we rush about our days, trying to cram every moment with all manner of activities. The truth is, if we would just stop for a moment and ask the Creator of All to Guide and Bless our day, we would have far more chance of real success.

May each of you take the time to talk to Hashem (G-d) from the heart, in your own words. Let Him know what you are going through, how you feel, what you want to achieve. Whatever is on your mind or sitting on your heart, pour it out to Hashem. May you be blessed with Hashem answering your prayers immediately for the good, a good that is revealed, visible and manifest in all physical and spiritual matters.

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Positive Approach Through Life

Traveling a Path

I have mentioned some lessons learned from my maternal grandfather in a number of posts and also in my book, “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story. I learned a lot from my maternal grandmother too. My grandmother, loved to share poems and songs. One of her poems that has made a very great impression is:

“I shall pass by this way but once

 Therefore any goodness that I can do
 

 Or any kindness that I can show

Let me do it now.

 For I shall not walk this way again” ~ Anonymous
What kind of lessons have you learned from your parents and grandparents? Do you try to use them in a positive way in order to increase goodness and kindness in the world? Do they give you motivation to strive to fulfill your potential?
The above poem has given me insight and direction. I’d love to hear what your favourite life lesson is or poem. Do share how it has shaped your thinking or outlook in life.

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