Sunday, 24 July 2011

Handwriting - A Functional Perspective

A recent post on the blog  Rosemarys Book Corner , has some interesting and concerning points regarding the changes taking place in the Education System on the important subject of hand writing. Rosemary Kahn, an experienced and talented teacher and a published author shares a few thoughts of how teachers, in the USA especially, are reducing or even ceasing to teach children how to write.

Before we get to the O.T. perspective on Hand Writing, I would like to ask you the reader to send in comments or thoughts on what situations you might find that you require hand writing. Is it always possible to type your message or note or whatever written form of communication you wish to express?

Aside from your name, what other words or needs might you have for writing by hand with a pen or pencil or crayon or other writing implement?

What would you do to be able to make a message known if the electricity is down and you can not accesss your computer or laptop or if your battery to your I-Phone needs re-charging and temporarily you have no access to that form of written / typed communication?

What do you think of the notion of the future generation being unable to write but only to type? Is that practical? Is it functional? Is it the kind of Education you want your children to receive or would you prefer that your children can both write and type?

What are your thoughts?

In the next few posts, we hope to share the occupational therapy perspective on writing.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Infant Massage Promotion Days

 On 6th and 7th July 2011, we were invited to have a table at a Fair in the local shopping mall regarding baby items. Our table displayed Infant Massage - a course for parents to learn the art, skill and lots more of massaging their babies.

Towards the end of Thursday 7th, we were invited by the Manager of the Mall to return on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday 11 - 13 July 2011, for a table at another fair.

This time we brought along a few small educational games, some of which can be seen in the images displayed here.

The wooden cube of adjoining blocks is good for fine motor co-ordination, concentration, perseverance and more. These were a great hit and sold out.

The small hand held puzzles contain various shapes with which children can make up various designs. Wonderful for improving perceptual skills.

Various sized balls were also available, 2 of the sizes had textures. Very good for in-hand manipulation, improving sensory input in preparation for effective pencil grip and writing.

Watch our blog and this webspace for further details on the educational toys, their benefits and how to purchase through us.

The notice board encourages mothers to come and join us in learning infant / baby massage. As stated on the board:
One mother shared that "My baby ONLY goes to sleep with baby massage"
Another mother shared "My baby's colic resolved in just a few days with infant massage"

The doll is "Miriam" and she is of great help at each course on Infant Massage. Miriam is happy to have the massage strokes demonstrated on her. We do not demonstrate on a live baby out of respect to the personal needs of the baby.

Come and learn about the benefits of Infant Massage. Book a session or attend a course.

Bottle of oil with a blend of natural Almond Oil, Olive Oil and Vitamin E are available for sale. Contact Shoshanah for more details or watch this website for information on ordering and purchasing the Masage Oil for baby massage.

Books in English and Hebrew on Infant Massage for Parents are also available for sale. Contact Shoshanah for further details. 

The Educational Toys are provided by Shoshanah Shear, qualified and registered Occupational Therapist with 20 years experience.

The Infant Massage courses are taught by Shoshanah Shear, Certified Infant Massage Instructor.

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