Monday, 23 May 2011

Inspirational Poem to Assist wtih Goal Setting

Setting appropriate goals for each session, for the therapeutic process and for a long term goal are integral to Occupational Therapy. In today's time, there is often that a person will come with a goal to earn millions of dollars or own x amount of property. Goals are more and more based on material possessions, degrees and acquistion.

Some years ago, I worked in a school in USA upon entering a certain classroom was very touched by a poem framed and on the wall.

The poem by an anonymous poet stated:
"100 years from now, it will not matter the size of your bank account, 
how many cars you owned or the size of your house, 
but the world will be a better place because you were important in the life of a child."

If you are a parent, or work with children or have siblings who have children, an important goal is to improve your skills in interacting with children. These can include listening skills,learning how to set appropriate boundaries, ability to play with the child, being a good role model, providing opportunities for a child to learn from positive teaching material whether they be books, CD's movies, outings, family get-togethers. What kind of impact and interaction will you have with the child? Will it be one where the child is left filled with love, appreciation and having learned positively or will the child be left afraid, acting out, frightened from the world around them.

The exact goal for one who interacts with children will differ depending on their age, stage of development and whether the child is healthy or has any special needs. If you are eager to be a positive role model to the children around you, consider the poem above and give some thought to what kind of goal you can set that will enable you to be important in the life of YOUR child.

Monday, 16 May 2011

What's in a Label? Is there MORE to the Picture?

There is some controversy as to whether a label is appropriate and to what extent it assists in the path and progress of a person through his life's journey. Let us take the diagnosis Autism as an example.

When you here this diagnosis, what do you think of? Do you have a set of symptoms or problems or difficulties in mind? Do you regard a person with autism as having any abilities or do you only think of difficulties and perhaps any retardation?

Did you know that there are different severities of Autism and hence different levels of function that a person can achieve.

Are you aware that someone with Autism, can in fact be very intelligent or have a hidden talent or gift. Are you aware that Occupational Therapy can assist the person with Autism to make sense of his world, to learn to gain sensory integration and appropriate motor skills and to use these hidden talents and skills for the good.

In the following youtube clip, you will see a certain talent that a man with Autism has. Some may consider an Autistic persons desire to draw and to attend to detail as obsessive. Take a look at how it can in truth be an asset and a source of pride for both the person and his family. 

The label Youtube gives for this is Living Camera. When you have completed watching the video, think of whether you agree with the "Living Camera", "Autism", "Special Needs"  or would you have a different label in mind or perhaps no label at all?

Next time you meet a person or hear of a given label, try to think past the label. Remember diagnoses are mostly given for the medical or rehabilitation team to have a guideline as to the appropriate group of techniques, goals and intervention required. However, if you are willing to search, you will ususally find some very special talent, gift or quality that is often hidden, just waiting to be discovered. A hidden treasure that helps to create a totally different picture of who the person as a whole really is.

Monday, 2 May 2011

To Ahieve Your Dreams and Goals

To Achieve Your Dreams and Goals 
Remember your ABC

A - Avoid negative sources, people, places, things and habits

B - Believe in G-d and in yourself

C - Consider things from every angle

D - Dont give up and dont give in

E - Enjoy life today, yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come

F- Family and friends are hidden treasures. Seek them and enjoy their riches

G - Give more than you planned to give

H - Hang onto your dreams

I - Ignore those who try to discourage you

J - Just do it

K - Keep on trying - no matter how hard it seems, it will get easier

L - Love yourself, but G-d first

M - Make it happen

N - Never lie, cheat or steal - always strike a fair deal

O - Open your eyes and see things as they really area

P - Pray

Q - Quitters never win and winners never quit

R - Read, study and learn about everything important in your life

S - Stop procrastinating

T - Take note G-d is in control of your destiny - Trust and obey

U - Understand yourself in order to better understand others

V - Visualize it

W - Want it more than anything

X - Xcellerate your efforts

Y - You are unique - nothing can replace you

Z - Zero in on your target - and go for it

I obtained this list some years ago, when gathering materials for personal development workshops. I dont know who the author is but have found it an invaluable list to keep in a file, pinned up on a notice board, up in a cupboard or anywhere you might look at it regularly. Keep it close at hand and keep working towards your Dreams and Goals.

If you require assistance in identifying or clarrifying your dreams, setting goals and appropriate action plans, you are welcome to email Shoshanah to schedule an online consultation.
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