Sunday, 15 January 2017

Book Review by Tony Parsons MSW






It is always exciting to receive another book review. This one comes for our children's book "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and is the 8th review on Amazon US and 3rd review on GoodReads. Book reviews are slowly but surely trickling in.


"I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great pictures, font & writing style. A very well written children’s book on turtles. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great science, biology class PP presentation. A very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free book via the Goodreads group; MakingConnections; The book was given by Chessed Ve’Emet; paperback book
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~ Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)


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Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"

Monday, 9 January 2017

Behind the Scenes with my Books


Now that my books have arrived, I have had the opportunity to go through one of my books once more. It is amazing how every time I go through the book I find something else to alter, add, change and hence, I am in the process of revising my book. It's only been out about 5-6 weeks and already I am thinking of how to improve it. However, having my books arrive has given me another idea and so I am gradually being in touch with non-OTs to hear what their thoughts are about the book. I have approached 6 non-OTs so far and have had two responses. I am very excited to say that I have a book packaged and ready to go to Canada and another packaged and on it's way in a totally different direction, all the way down south to Australia. 

If you are in one of the health professions and have a blog and are willing to read one of my books in order to give your feedback and post a review onto your blog, please be in touch

While I network to promote my book "Healing Your Life Through Activity" I am trying to decide which of my other books to work on. I have a few on the go. One is pretty much written and requires my reading and re-reading it and then some major editing work. In many ways this book should be the next one to come to print. It makes sense chronologically. My problem is the volume of work to edit it. The joys of getting into the book world.

What would be your preference to read about?
  • My personal and professional experience with a chronic illness
  • Moving to work from home with lots of tips interwoven into my story. 
  • Working with women from an occupational therapy perspective
  • The next was a recent request, something I have thought about often and that is a book about coma stimulation. 
I have a few other books that I could work on that will probably come next. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a preference as to which to read or hear about?

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Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"




Sunday, 8 January 2017

Ideas of How to Help Someone in Need


What can you do if you become aware of someone who is having a tough time. Do you just ignore them and leave them to contact you or is there anything that you can do to assist?

This topic came up recently and I was sad to hear that some believe that there is nothing one can do unless the person comes to you and expressly asks for help. There are, however, many reasons as to why a person who is having a hard time might not reach out and ask for help. They might be embarrassed or too depressed to ask. Very practically, depending on the nature of the difficulty, the person might also lack the funds to make a call. So what can you do to help?

Here are just a few ideas but if you put your mind to it, I am sure you can come up with others too. You can call and invite them out. Go to the persons home and take them out to a place of nature. Somewhere that is beautiful where they can feel completely away from their problems and able to begin to entertain the concept that life can get better. You can go for a walk with them, share thoughts about the beauty that you see. Go for a run if need be, some kind of exercise to help the person to increase their oxygen level and get their circulation going.  You can even take a picnic with you. If the person is having a hard time, chances are they might not be eating properly. So take along something healthy and filling.

Once you have given the person the opportunity to take their mind off their problems for a little in a non-threatening way, you can ask them what they need or what it will take for them to be happy or fulfilled. Or ask if they wish to talk about the difficulties that they are experiencing and if they know what will make their life or situation easier. Then be ready to listen. Remember, if the person is cold, chances are they will need a blanket or heater not a summer cap and bucket of ice. This might sound like an extreme example but the point is that it is important to listen to the actual need of the other and not to impose what you think they should need. 

If they want to just talk then let them and be prepared to listen. Sometimes a listening ear makes the world of difference. If they would like a regular walking partner or to get into nature regularly or to get out of their home or ideas of jobs in types of work that they are able to carry out, then hear that, acknowledge that and decide which of them you can assist with. It might be that you are not able to but can brainstorm where the person can find this help from. That is fine too. The point is to hear them and to show that you are there for them.

What other ideas would you come up with? Are you the type of person to reach out and help when you discover that a friend or relative is in need or do you just sit back and wait for them to call and talk about how terrible they are if they don't. If you are the latter, what stops you from taking the energy that you expend in talking to someone else about the person in need and rather going to visit and putting in the effort to find out what you can do to help?

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Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"


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