After waiting for more than a month, we were delighted when there was a ring at the front door and there was an arrival. In the video that follows you can find out what arrived. I guess the image above gives it away! But yes, 10 copies of my book “Healing Your Life Through Activity” have finally arrived.
I hope you will enjoy this short fun video. Stay tuned for further videos and information about this and further books. In the meantime, happy watching and do let us know if you enjoyed the video, the cover design or have questions about the book.
We’ve had a lot of fun with setting up our Give Away on Good Reads. It’s been very interesting to watch the numbers of potential readers grow and to discover how many are interested in our children’s book: “Tuvia Finds His Freedom” by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear.
Since we are new to setting up a Give Away, it took a while to figure out how to obtain the information of who the winner is. Sadly the email sent from GoodReads did not get to us, however … I am very excited to say that we have obtained that information and have shared it in a short video here
I hope you enjoy the video. If you have not yet obtained “Tuvia Finds His Freedom” or one of our other books or products, you can visit the page of our books. Stay tuned for a new website that is soon to be launched on which you will be able to purchase and / or order our various creative items.
The Give Away that we ran on Good Reads for “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“, for a week has now ended. It has been very interesting to watch the numbers grow. By the end of the campaign, we had 546 people enter to win a signed copy of this little book. Not bad I’d say! Quite encouraging in fact.
The winner has been drawn and I am waiting to receive the information from GoodReads to know who to send the book to. If you won such a campaign, would you want a specific message or just signed by the author? It’s rather fun to figure out what to write in the book.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this translates further. How many will mark the book as “wanting to read” it. How many will follow through and purchase a copy? For those who have not managed to win a copy, I have 4 copies still waiting in the ARR section to receive a review. If you are on GoodReads and part of the group: Making Connections, you could apply to receive a copy.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Give Away campaign. Congratulations to the winner!
Mark your calendar and come and support our sale that will be taking place on Friday. We will be having a table at the AACI Yard Sale. The details for the sale are as follows:
WHEN WILL THIS BE?
Friday, December 23rd, 8:30 – 12:30
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?
AACI Yard Sale – Get Ready for Great Bargains! Toys, games, clothing, kitchen supplies, books, jewelry, and more! Bring an appetite because there will also be challot, knishes, and other treats for sale!
TIMES: From 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at AACI
LOCATION: Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, Talpiot, on the 4th floor. For directions or further information, please call 02-566-1181.
I have just completed a treatment with my last client for the day. It is so much fun to work with a child who is full of imagination and creativity. We are working on improving fine motor skills though anyone who peeped into the treatment room might not know this. We had so much fun that when the session was over neither of us were ready to move on to the next task at hand.
For my client that meant going home, for me it meant writing up some treatment notes and considering what might be suitable for the next session. Before I end for the day, I thought I’d write down a short post of how much fun it can be to work with children. I love their interest in new activities. I love the ease with which children can enter into imaginative play or how a task that one might prepare has to be adapted to suit the mood and need of the child on that specific day. Children certainly keep one on one’s toes!
It’s a challenge to have several potential treatment ideas up one’s sleeve for each session. The challenge is very worth it though as one watches progress and development and helps the child to steer their ideas in the direction of achieving their goals.
Are you in Jerusalem? Does your child have a need to improve fine motor skills, writing skills or visual motor skills or a combination of the three? Do be in touch for an evaluation for occupational therapy intervention.
The image above is how I would like to see all families going out for a walk. Everyone is connected, holding hands. In this way it is easy to know where all members of the family are and the family is acting as a unit.
A few days ago, I was out on my morning walk when I noticed a very different family arrangement for their walk. Upfront were Mom and Dad. Mom was pushing a stroller, I could not see if there was a child or baby in the stroller. A good number of paces behind the parents was a little boy of 2 and half to 3 years old. Much further back still, was the little one, a toddler of around a year old. He looked like he had only recently mastered walking and yet there he was having to take up the rear, all on his own. I thought of an incident when I was about 9 years old and was helping a friend towards the back on a school mountain walk. Someone further forward had decided it would be fun to tell us the wrong fork in the road to take. With no adult behind us to give the correct directions, we took a wrong turn and the result was rather scary for a good few hours.
Knowing the potential dangers I watched the little one. As I gradually rounded the corner to come up behind them, still quite a distance behind, the little one toppled and fell face down. Thankfully, he did not hit his face but he did cry out as he obviously got a fright. The brother gradually turned and took a few moments before he began to walk in the direction of his little brother. All the while the parents were busily chatting up front. Slowly but surely they must have realized that their sons were not with them, not even close any longer and turned to look but neither ran to help their toddler.
As I got closer, I picked up the little one, brushed him down and gave him some encouragement as I sent him back to Mom. But as I did so, I thought of the lessons to be learned from this.
No matter what fun it might be in nature, being a parent think safety and keep your children within your visual field. That means either next to you holding your hand, in the stroller that you are pushing or slightly in front of you. For security reasons on many levels, don’t leave little one way back behind you.
What kind of parent are you striving to be? Remember, every experience sends a message to your children whether or not you say anything in words. There are a few messages that this scenario could have given the toddler. The first obvious one is when you progress in life’s journey, when you fall as happens in life, be the man and get yourself up, make your own way back to your family for only your brother will come to your assistance and even then wont help you up. The second is that you are expected to be independent even as a toddler. The third is to have to wait for a stranger to help you up. Thank G-d in this case the stranger was a caring therapist but not all strangers are.
Take a few moments to think of what other messages you could give. Why not remember that little one is, after-all, only a toddler. He is really still a baby and babies need our help. So why not show your love for your child and if he falls, as he is likely to, run over, pick him up, brush him down, give him a big hug and tell him you love him and not to worry about the fall. What message would you then be giving your child? That no matter what, you are there for him as a loving parent. You will help him up, give him the support and love that he needs and encourage him on his way again or carry him until he is able to walk once more. He is, after all, still just a baby but every experience helps him to internalize to what extent he is loved and cherished and supported by those who matter most, his immediate family.
In this post, I would like to share why I came to re-visit the manuscript and prepare it to self-publish. Like I said, I had shelved the book and was going to leave it there, however, I began to realize that there really is a very great need for the book. Prior to my making Aliyah, I had begun to work towards developing my dream centre. When I made Aliyah, I brought my business plan with me. I had this wonderful idea that I would do my ulpan and medical ulpan to learn Hebrew well enough to begin working in my profession, complete what was necessary to obtain my license to work in Israel and then. Well, the next step would be part-time work in a facility or two and part-time developing a private practice in order to begin with developing a client base necessary to start my dream centre. I thought my plan was wonderful. I had all the right steps in place, or so I thought. It might take a little time but I knew I had an incredible profession. I knew there was a need for occupational therapists so I was sure I would find work relatively easily. I had found work in South Africa, UK and USA. I was even asked to be head of department in the UK, so surely I would find work in Israel too?
Here comes the hard reality. In Israel, there is an issue with age and let’s face it you do not get 12 or more years experience, like I had when I came, if you are still just 18. Yes, I found work, but the work had a problem paying. I do not understand how facilities can hire staff and then refuse to pay them, but such is the life in Israel. I had several offers for work at ₪23-25 an hour. No I am not talking about working as a receptionist, I am talking about working as an OT, with experience. I am not in a position to work for minimum wage, so I had to strive to get better pay. Alongside my challenge in finding salaried work came the challenge of these facilities respecting one’s time outside of work. The extremely high demands on one’s personal time, all unpaid of course, impacted on my time to develop a private practice which was my ultimate goal.
So there were challenges in the work front and as I began to network my frustration came to be tested in so many ways. One of my pet peeves was being told to give up my profession and just clean houses. Sadly they all told me I would earn better cleaning houses than I would working as an OT. Well, I did not put myself through university to clean houses, neither did I obtain qualification in an incredible profession to just shelve my skills.
I tried networking with the small business development centre only to discover they have no idea what occupational therapy is and hence did not believe that my dream centre was OT. When trying to obtain referrals to work privately I kept coming up against arrogant statements that what I do and what I am building is not OT.
Gradually, the penny dropped so loud and so hard I could no longer ignore it. If I could somehow help others to understand just exactly how incredible occupational therapy is, surely they would no longer tell me it is not needed. I would no longer hear what you do is not OT, for now they would understand what OT is and that it is a very needed profession, globally. Maybe there will even be more respect of the profession in order for there to be better salaries. Surely someone with a worthwhile degree deserves more than someone doing menial labour such as house cleaning.
So now, I set to work and I worked at it for days, weeks, months and more. As I often say, the book went through a total transformation, but I am very excited to finally have the book available in print. In addition to the book now being available for sale, I also offer talks and workshops on what occupational therapy is and a range of other topics.