Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Workshop for Women in Israel

Are you getting married, newly married or perhaps needing to improve on these skills?

The following workshop series has been crafted for Jewish women interested in functioning to the optimum in role of wife and mother.

The workshop will include:
  • Respecting times of service providers, stores and other important offices
  • How to work according to requirement of a store or service provider
  • How to fill in forms or attend an interview
  • Time management - this section will also address how to ensure that you can re-arrange your schedule to fit in with the business hours of a service provider or store that you need to get to
  • Showing respect to store owners, service providers etc
  • How to inquire as to the service provider or stores procedure
  • Email etiquette
  • How to show thanks or appreciation
  • How to write a thank you letter
We will also address why these skills are important to a healthy, successful life and how implementing these simple but important skills in your life can make a difference in your daily life.

The workshop will be on Wednesday 9th Dec from 9.30 am - 11 am with option for a follow up session. 

Venue: Chessed Ve'Emet currently in Beitar Illit
There is an option for an online workshop too if we have at least 5 attending.

Cost of the workshop is NIS 60 per person attending whether online or in person

RSVP to 052-767-7074

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the workshop

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Kallah Teacher

Monday, 30 November 2015

Private Occupational Therapists in Israel

I have posted about this before, and am excited to say it looks as though we finally have enough occupational therapists to get started. What is this about?

If you are an occupational therapist in Israel and are interested in working privately or have already begun to do so, please be in touch to join a network / support group for OT's in Israel working privately.

Please send me an email with your email address, area of O.T., whether you are licensed here and how often you would be interested in meeting. Meetings will take place virtually due to location of OT's. There is potential to meet in person too from time to time or as the need arises.

Stay tuned for information of our first meeting and / or feedback regarding the highlights.

If you are an occupational therapist, working privately is of interest to many and certainly has the potential to help you to be successful here in Israel. Come and join us and let us make this a very successful network group.

I look forward to hearing from you

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist

Sunday, 29 November 2015

History of occupational therapy - with Video

I am often asked what occupational therapy is and how it began. The video below was prepared by two occupational therapy students.

It's rather well done. I like the use of voice and the sense of humour.

If you have read previous posts, Eleanor Clarke Slagle is mentioned in the video too. Do you notice any other names you recognize?

If you have questions, do post them in the comments below.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

New Angle on Defining Your Niche

I've been reading a few newsletters put out by Jena Casbon of the Independent Clinician on developing or progressing one's private practice. As with most small business newsletters she talks about developing one's niche and how to market yourself effectively.

Most talk about who your clients will be and how to focus on structuring one's material, services etc to suit the niche market. Something Jena mentioned has made a great impression and I've been mulling over it for a few weeks now. Jena shared that just as one needs to identify who you will be servicing and working on attracting that clientele, so too, you need to identify what kinds of clients are not your ideal and to filter these out.

This is wonderful advice and hence I decided to share it. There are millions and millions of people in the world and not all of them will be suitable as your clients. For a doctor who specializes in treating hand injuries (for example) problems with the ear are not going to be his area of interest and hence clients needing an ear, nose and throat specialist or an audiologist will not be his target clients. Now it could be that they stumble upon his website or flyer or other marketing material, but if they happen to call and find that doctor x treats a different condition, then doctor x will serve the person best by referring them on to the correct doctor or service provider. 

In the same way, if a given caller does not have the means to pay or the patience to listen to how you work or does not meet your criteria of your niche area, that's great. It's wonderful as you have then filtered out someone who you would not wish to be servicing anyway.

I love that piece of advice. Hope you benefit from it too.

Are you working for yourself or starting to work from home? What are your thoughts on this idea? Where are you in the path to work independently?

I look forward to hear from you the reader.

Have a blessed day or evening

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational therapist, healing facilitator
Certified Kallah teacher
Certified infant massage instructor
Artist and Author

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

8 Ways to Work from Home

Having a chronic illness can be very debilitating. When it leads to you having to work from home, this can be quite a scary situation to be in. Though there is an option of obtaining disability grant for many conditions, not all qualify. If you end up with a doctor and medical team who are not prepared to assist you with the process, what do you do?

On the other hand, is a disability grant really what you want to aim for? Keep in mind that receiving a disability grant is rather limiting. In the countries I have worked in, the laws surrounding disability grants usually mean that if you begin to earn or generate any income, your disability grant gets reduced or can prevent you from earning. 

So what are your options? This question is exactly one of the reasons that I began my series of posts on working from home and the benefits to someone with chronic health problems from working from home. An important fact to keep in mind is you do have options. With the progress taking place in the world, options have opened up.

What are some of the ways you can work from home?

1) You can sell items, either your own unwanted items or gather items from friends and neighbours. Further on in the series of posts we will take a look at other items you can sell and some ideas as to how to do so or where to obtain items to sell.

2) Blogging is fast becoming a very real option for earning an income.

3) Freelance writing has all kinds of options including: blogging as listed above, writing articles, writing content / copy for websites, writing eBooks, Ghost writing, writing for magazines and other publications.

4) If you have any kind of creative skill or talent, this can become a means of earning an income.

5) Virtual administrative work or assistance

6) Customer services as work from home

7) Remember options such as answering questionnaires or surveys. If you have low energy and difficulty thinking or doing much that is physically active, a real option is to answer surveys. Make sure to check the terms and conditions especially related to where you live. Many companies that offer this option are geared towards citizens or residents of America and Canada with UK and Europe as close seconds. 

8) You can teach or offer a service from your home too.

Do you have a chronic illness? Are you currently working from home or exploring how to do so? Do you have questions? Please do post them in the comments below. I'd be happy to answer them as best as I am able to. 

Have a blessed day and may you be granted both good health and a good, sturdy income.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational therapist, healing facilitator
Certified Kallah teacher
Certified infant massage instructor
Artist and Author


Monday, 23 November 2015

Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention

Occupational Therapy assists clients to function independently throughout the life cycle.

The Lyric video that follows offers a fun glimpse into the role of the OT in early intervention.

If you would like another look at early intervention, the next video is presented by an OT at a clinic in the US. She provides a little more insight into the role of OT with early intervention, i.e. babies and young children from 0-3 years

I hope the two video's provide some insight into occupational therapy with these ages. If you have any questions, please do post below. There is obviously more to our profession and I'd be happy to share more information or other videos to help you to understand the role of occupational therapy in general and in this case in early intervention in particular.

Have a very blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Friday, 20 November 2015

Book Review by Dr Emily Piven

 I was very grateful to receive the following review.

"This book has a carefully planned educational approach to development of consideration and kindness in children, as part of basic moral training, so important in society today.  Parents will want to buy this book to teach their children to value animals and other creatures. It seems most appropriate for children age 7-11, a time when children are learning inductive reasoning."
Dr. Emily Piven, Retired Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy University of Texas at El Paso, with 40+ years of experience in pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric rehabilitation, specializing in chronic disease.

"Tuvia Finds His Freedom" Written and Photographed by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, BookDepository, eStore of CreateSpace. It has been translated into Hebrew by Dana Baum for those who prefer Hebrew or would like to improve their reading and vocabulary in both English and Hebrew. Ask for it in your local book store, you might just find it there too. If not, you can show them this review and encourage them to sell the book.

These reviews have been shared by Shoshanah Shear
Co-author and Co-photographer of Tuvia Finds His Freedom

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Reflecting on Teaching a New Mother Infant Massage

I'm busy teaching a young mother how to massage her baby. It is so wonderful to observe and witness the transformation in the relationship between mom and baby through the wonderful gift of massaging her baby. When I asked her what she thought she gained by learning the different strokes, when and where to massage her baby etc, she said that the number one bonus has been gaining a tool to help her baby. To know there is something she can do to help him develop and thrive.

For some mothers and babies, the transformation is very much for the baby. The baby becomes more relaxed, at peace, interactive and has improved digestion and reduced gas or wind. For other mothers and their babies, the transformation is for the mother gaining a skill and growing into the role of being a mother. The most special though, is when the bond itself between mother and baby is strengthened. I sometimes wish I had my camera near by when the special smile comes over the mother's face as she notices that her baby enjoys a certain touch, stroke or part of the body being massaged and to know that she was able to provide her baby with that enjoyment. There is nothing quite like the bond between a mother and her baby.

Did you know, massaging your baby is not only a skill for mom, dad's can learn too and certainly should. 

Have you thought about massaging your baby? Would you like to learn how or to learn about the benefits of massaging your baby? Be in touch to book a session or the course or inquire about a talk on the topic of infant massage.

Have a blessed day

Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Infant Massage Instructor

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

8 Benefits of Working from Home

While so many advocate to go out to work, let us take a brief look at some of the benefits of working from home.

1) You can set your own hours.
If you suffer from a chronic illness, especially if it affects your energy, the ability to set your own hours can free you to manage your health more effectively. For those who find getting up early and being at an office by 8 am or earlier a challenge, being able to begin your day at your own pace is very empowering. 

2) You can pace yourself i.e. manage your time

Setting your own hours is not limited to what time you begin or end your day, but also how many breaks you have. When you take time to exercise, to eat, to run any errands that you need to etc. For those requiring energy conservation or for whom regular, small meals are a necessity in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, working from home can often provide the answer you require. Not all offices or places of work will permit you to take time to rest when you need to or to eat when you need to.

Of course, managing your own time is not only related to health problems. If you are a mother and have small children, very often by working from home you can spend more time with your children and be available to take them to school and collect them home again afterwards. You can also supervise their homework, meals or snack after school etc more easily if you know you can stop working either at the time they come home or to take a break and put in another hour or two once they go to bed.
3) You can determine where you work

If you are on bedrest due to your pregnancy or require work that is less active or enables you to lie down at times, you can have this flexibility when you work from home. Whether you need to lie down while doing some reading, to prop yourself up in bed or on your sofa or to make a work room from your home, you can have this freedom working from home. You can also have time working in your garden if you have one, in your kitchen or dining room. You have many options, including going to a park or coffee shop if you would like some variety.

4) You can determine your income

Although working from home does require that you are disciplined and work smartly, very often you can determine what kind of income you receive or if you receive an income. While benefits are good and needed, many jobs today are offering minimum wage or low income. Depending on where you live, there are also places that withhold your salary or might delay your earning until you have worked for them for a set amount of time. When you work from home, you can begin to set your financial goals and find opportunities to earn an income that will meet your needs.
5) It enables you to participate in society as a worker

Depending on your age and your health, there are times that working from home enables you to work. In some countries once you reach a certain age, earning in a salaried job can be difficult to impossible. Some conditions and responsibilities to take care of a relative with a health problem or disability can make working in an office or facility difficult or even impossible. For those who require regular rests, treatments, special diet etc, working from home can at times mean the difference between entering into the worker role, meaning that you can also engage in work activities and earn an income from this to being unemployed and dependent on unemployment / social security etc.

6) You can be your own boss

Depending on your career, skills and who you are, there are times that you can only be yourself and be as creative as you wish to be, by working from home. You will have the freedom to explore new possibilities, to develop and grow in whatever your set of interests and skills are and at the pace that is right for you.

7) You can create your own work

In the economic climate of the last few years, there have been many, many situations of places of work down scaling and retrenching. When your type of work no longer has the means to pay your salary, working from home can enable you to create your own work.

8) You can live where you want to

This point is very important for many reasons. So often we move to certain cities or parts of the world for the purpose of a job. How often have you heard of someone say "I moved there for work but I really do not like the place". If you are someone who loves nature, you can find somewhere that suits you in the country and develop the work that best suits you living where you enjoy. If you are a city person, you can by all means live in the city.
In future posts we will look at disadvantages of working from home and also options for working from home. In today's time, modern technology has opened up many options that were not there in years gone by.

Is working from home of interest to you? Have you begun to work from home or are you still investigating? Can you think of other benefits to working from home that are not listed above?

Please write a comment below. We'd love to hear your feedback.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist
Artist and Writer

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Occupational Therapy... More Than Just Work

My website used to be called "what occupational therapy is!" partly in the hope that readers or those visiting the website will come to understand about the profession and from there it could lead to clients. After some time I decided to alter the theme of the website and to take the need for promoting our profession to become a blog with ongoing posts on the profession of O.T. 

The title of occupational therapy, as mentioned in a previous post, explains much of what the profession is about. In recent posts, I have begun to share information about occupational therapy and the area of work in general and working from home in particular. In the video below, Dr Denise Robert share's some thoughts about occupations that are unrelated to work. Sorry if this confuses you. Watch her video and let me know your thoughts.

I hope that watching the video has answered some questions for you. Do you have a clearer idea of what occupational therapy is? Did you learn something you had not known before? Do you still have questions? Please post below if you have any questions or what your comments and insights are.

I look forward to hearing from you

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist

Friday, 13 November 2015

When Life Interrupts Societies Ideal Idea of Earning

Many think of a career path as being select your subjects well in high school, get good grades, go to university to obtain a degree, graduate in the allotted time, go out and find a job and stay in that job, working your way up to as high a position as you can. Earn nicely in your salaried job including obtaining pension and other benefits and then when you retire all is well. This is a nice fairy tale, but reality is not always like this. There are all kinds of events that can and do happen that interrupt the wonderful plan that society lays down.

What if someone is in an accident and can no longer continue the work that they had been employed to do prior to the accident? What if someone contracts an illness and during the tests to determine what the illness is, a medical error occurred and the person ends up in a wheelchair? What if the person's work goes in or decides to downsize or even to relocate? In these scenarios continuing work as one had prior to the injury, illness, being retrenched or having to decide whether to relocate as well or not will all interrupt and alter the perfect plan. 

How about someone who was studying well and moving towards the goal of a degree and then something happens to alter this. Could be an illness, injury or any of a host of other options. What if the person has to take a year off from their studies and this will result in losing their scholarship or bursary or both? What if the person was doing well in school and then a parent dies and the plan to go to university is affected due to lack of funds. Perhaps it causes a delay, perhaps it requires finding funding. Or the person themselves can become ill or be in an accident, G-d forbid but it happens. There are many events that occur in life that can and do affect the path that society regards as the ideal.

In many of these situations, an occupational therapist can assist in helping the person it could be  through physical rehabilitation to regain function and skills to be able to continue working. It could be work rehabilitation to help the person to improve their endurance and conditioning to work effectively and to regain their ability to function in the role of worker.  It could be assisting the person to make decisions which can include adaptations in the work place or education in the place of work, the manner in which the tasks at work were carried out or a complete change entirely.

Now we come back to our theme of work from home that I began a few weeks ago. Just as there are times that someone can no longer fit into the usual mould of societies ideal path to earn a livelihood, so too how one works has changed a lot due to the advances in technology and other factors. In today's time, working from home is a very real option for many. It can be a choice in order to take care of your kids or for some other lifestyle reason or it can be a choice to enable you to work effectively and to set working hours that suit your health. There are many reasons to work from home.

I hope this post has helped to give you a glimpse into various scenarios that can alter and affect a persons ability to fulfill the worker role and to continue to work effectively. This change to their life does not have to mean a total loss of the ability to earn. There are times that earning becomes impossible, e.g. a person in a coma for a length of time obviously can not function on a basic level let alone to work. The person who is bedridden? Well it would depend on the reason for being bed ridden. Sometimes yes that means one can not work and sometimes, the use and careful structuring of a program including assistive technology, assistive devices and more can enable even a bedridden person to work to a degree. In future posts, I hope to show types of equipment that can assist someone to engage in activities that enter into the work arena. I will be exploring many more ideas on the topic of working from home, including, but not only, addressing the attitude of many that someone who works from home is not working. This is not true. 

Stay tuned for more posts on the topic of work from a OT perspective and specifically working from home.

I hope you enjoyed the post

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Identifying your Weaknesses in order to Work from Home

Time for the next step in our stock take in preparation for working from home. We have already looked at our strengths, interests and who you would like to work with. Our next step is to write for yourself a list of the things that are holding you back, otherwise known as your weaknesses. This can be something physical such as low endurance, dizzy spells when sitting up or standing, difficulty breathing, need to eat or rest at certain intervals. It could be emotional or psychological. Difficulty concentrating, difficulty deciding what to do, low self-esteem, fear, lack of support. It could be lack of funds or lack of resources.

There are many factors that can be a stumbling block, a barrier or a challenge. There are no right or wrong answers, it is merely a case of knowing yourself well. If your reason to work from home is due to your health, there are some resources, assistive devices and options to assist. If the difficulty is lack of knowledge then identifying the area you have difficulty in will help you to develop a plan of what you need to learn in order to be successful. If your difficulty is lack of self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, fear etc, then being able to identify this will help you to find the best solution to enable you to be successful.

If your limitation is time, then write that down too. Be realistic. If you have a need to work from home and only have 1-2 hours that you can have available either to work online or to be involved in work, that information helps you to schedule your day.

The points above are not all the factors or areas of weakness. Spend a little time sitting quietly and thinking of what your situation is. What are your weaknesses?

When you have that information written down in your journal, on your computer, on your blog, wherever you are keeping your record then you will be ready to proceed to the next step.

I hope you have found this post beneficial. Do you have questions related to identifying your weaknesses? Do you have questions related to working from home? Do post your question below and I will do my best to answer either in the comments or a future blog post.

Have a very special day and enjoy your preparations towards working from home.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Occupational Therapy vs Physical Therapy

A common question we are asked as occupational therapists is what is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy? Many presume they are the same. Many understand physical therapy and have no idea about occupational therapy.

One of the best ways to highlight the differences is with a client or patient as an example. The video below outlines this with a physical therapist and occupational therapist who work with the same child, working towards similar goals in different ways.

I hope the video has helped you to understand some of the difference between these important professions as they relate to working with children. If you have any question, please post it in the comments below and I will be happy to respond.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapy, Healing Facilitator

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Step Three in Preparing to Work from Home

Whether you are already working at home, or you would like to work at home or have a need or desire to increase your income, the next step in our stock take is very important. If you have followed the posts on this theme, you should have a list of your skills and interests. There are a few more details that are crucial for you to identify in order to be successful in working from home. Your next task is to sit down and make a list of your expenses and your needs.

For step 3 in preparing your stock take, make a list of all your expenses, decide which are important and which are added extras. When you have your list for the week and the month, you can workout what you need to be earning.

If you have a regular job, is your salary meeting your financial need? If not, how much extra do you need to earn in order to live a meaningful life. 

Once you have prepared your list of monetary needs, you will be ready to move on to the next part of your stock take.

Have you read any of the other posts on the topic of working from home? Have you found them helpful? Do you still have questions? Please post a comment. Your answer will help me with planning the future posts.

Enjoy your journey towards successfully working from home.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Monday, 2 November 2015

How to Earn In Order to Create Your Dream Work

In previous posts, we have begun looking at what your skills and interests are in order to be successful working from home. We have a few more steps to go in our stock take, but before we proceed, here is an idea to help you earn what you need in order to succeed.

Having a goal to reach and no means to make it happen can be frustrating. It does not need to be. Garage Sales, Yard Sales, Moving Sales and Rummage sales have all become quite popular. You can begin by selling your own unwanted items. In a different post we can talk about how to sell online as well as how to gather more items to help you with your sale or sales.

For now, does the thought of making a sale seem daunting? It does not need to be. Even if you have a health issue, the great thing about having a sale from your home / yard is that you can decide the hours that work for you. If you can only manage two hours, then prepare your signs to be for two hours. You can pace yourself by resting before and after. Have fun with it, make your times, your prices, your schedule and prepare to earn what you need to move your life in the direction you need it to go.

Here is an excellent video to give you tips and steps to help you to get started. If you are planning a yard sale and have not done so before, do post a comment to let us know how you progressed.

I hope you found the video useful, while you get started considering what you are going to sell, where, when and all the nitty gritty details, we have a sale of our own to prepare.

Have a blessed day and stay tuned for the next step in being successful working from home

Shoshanah Shear

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Promoting Occupational Therapy

One of the hardest challenges about being an occupational therapist / O.T. is the extent to which the profession is unknown or mis-understood. One of the goals of this blog is to help the readers to gain a better understanding of occupational therapy. Here is a fun video to help to illustrate what occupational therapy is.

I hope it answers your questions. If you are left with doubts, questions or comments, do post your comment below.

Have a very blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Derek Paravicini Demonstrates incredible Talent

I love to see the talent of so called special needs people. There is often debate as to whether a very premature baby can be able to function effectively. Enjoy the video below of Derek Paravicini, he might have been born 3 months premature but listen to his music?

For anyone who has a premature baby, let the video give you strength and encouragement that everyone has something to contribute. You can focus on the difficulties this person has or enjoy his talent. This really is the choice we all face daily in every task we are involved in. When it comes to our children, though we need to know the difficulties in order to help them to function more effectively, re-inforcing and encouraging their strong points are very important. 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Identify Your Needs to Work from Home

Yesterday we spoke about identifying your skills and interests. Keep a record of this list as it is going to come in useful in exploring your options for earning from home. In the meantime add to your list your answers to the following questions:

- Who do you enjoy working with the most? Do you prefer to work alone? Be specific here it can be friends or relatives, types of people including personality types and important characteristics.

- Where do you enjoy working most? Indoors or outdoors? Do you have a specific room or space in your home where you can work? Do you need to create a space to work? Write down your ideal work environment. Remember to include such details as whether sound / noise, light, people etc help you or making working from home difficult for you. 

- What do you need practically or physically in order work from home? This can be time, space, appropriate desk, computer, specific software. List all the details as it will become useful shortly.

Enjoy your journey and your homework for today. Add a comment on the bottom of the post and let me know if you have challenges or information you have identified. It will help me in formulating the next post.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Artist and Author

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Identify your Skills and Interests in order to Work from Home

In our first step in the process towards working from home, I discussed the need to record your process. Once you have your method of documenting your process you can begin with your stock take. Why will this be important? Life is short and as human beings, our time is limited. As a result, you need to focus your energies on the type of work you will enjoy that will bring in the kind of income that will meet your needs. In order to know what you can and can not do, what you enjoy, what your goals are and more, you will need some introspection and to list certain details which I call a stock take.This will help towards finding a suitable niche for yourself and to focus your energy effectively.

Step number one will be to list your skills and qualifications (if you have), within this list divide a page into two or have two separate pages to list all those tasks related to your profession or other skills that you enjoy doing and do well and those you are not prepared to do. e.g. if you are good at writing or editing, make a record as to what type of writing you can do or would like to do and what kind you are not prepared to or do not enjoy. Brain storm all of your skills, even your hobbies, it sometimes happens that a hobby can be turned into a money generating job.

Next you will make a list of those tasks, jobs etc that you do not like and are not prepared to do.

Once you have both of these recorded in your journal of your process, come back for the next step of your personal stock take. 

If you are stuck and unsure about your interests, be in touch for a session to help you to identify this important part of who you are.

Have a blessed day and remember to come back for the next stage of preparing to work from home.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Author and Artist

Monday, 26 October 2015

Family Life is Possible for Little People Too

If you are a little person who know a little person, do you wonder what your options are for parenthood. In the below video you can see a little family and hear the description of the parents of parenthood as little people.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Concerning Information about Women's Hygiene Products

One area of interest in healthcare in general and in occupational therapy in particular is that of health and wellness and especially women's health. This morning I noticed an article that a friend posted about research carried out in Argentina that shows that 85% of tampons, sanitary towels, sterile cotton contains a harmful product named glyphosate which is used in certain pesticides. This concerned me so I began to do a google search and found quite a few articles on the toxins and problems of products used for women's hygiene.

In an article on feminine hygiene products written in May 2013 one can find more details than the one listed this morning. As the second article points out, women's hygiene products typically do not list all of the ingredients as the companies regard them as medical devices. Personally, I do not see how the category determines what is listed as contents. To read the information is quite frightening. This second article explains how it can be that a pesticide can become part of women's hygiene products, it sounds as though the cause is from the cotton being sprayed with pesticides prior to being turned into the fabric or material that reaches the consumer as a range of hygiene products

It makes me wonder once again, what are we doing to our planet and to the people who inhabit it. It is enough that we have not managed to master human relations, we are harming innocent people by selling products that contain harmful ingredients. What is the answer? Altering our goals and lifestyle would be a great start.

The article of 2013 has a petition one can sign to demand that women are informed of the ingredients that goes into the products we use. 

What are the potential consequences to our health? The products listed have all kinds of harmful side effects, Alzheimers, Cancer, effects to ones hormones and immune system which can have effects on ones fertility to name but a few. Toxic Shock is obviously a major one too.

It seems that more and more, the decision of choice needs to be natural organic products. These often come with a higher price tag which is what pushes us into work related issues in an attempt to earn enough to stay health. 

The modern age has certainly created many harmful side effects. It's time to move towards sustainability of health rather than creation of illness.

Have you heard of these issues before? Do a google search and find several articles stating the same frightening information. What can we do? Become informed to begin with. Demand all the ingredients are listed on the products. Refuse to purchase anything with harmful ingredients. If the items are not being purchased the manufacturers will have to come up with an alternative. If you learn what to use as a safe alternative, please share in the comments below so that other women can learn too.

Wishing you a blessed day, filled with good health. 

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Kallah Teacher
Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Identical Twins, Is Indepence Possible

Being able to live independently is a goal of occupational therapy. What do you do when you are identical to someone else? How well do you know twins? Ever seen complete identical twins?

This video is fascinating on many levels. I hope you enjoy it and would love to hear your thoughts.

Fifth Book Review on Amazon

Time to share another book review of our book "Tuvia Finds His Freedom."
"What a lovely little gem reflecting the true story of compassion for animals.There are of course many organizations devoted to this cause. But this little book helps to bring out the need to recognize that animals too have feelings and rights, and that just a little effort on one's part to alleviate the suffering of a little creature can bring sufficient reward to justify the expression of this action for public distribution. The book is well-written, with well-photographed descriptive illustrations of the real Tuvia. It is easy to understand by even younger children and its length allows it to be read to a child over just a few "bedtime story" sessions. It can easily be read by an adult in an hour or two, and is well worth the effort. Sometimes we, too, need to be reminded of our obligation to extend our compassion to those little creatures who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances.

For these reasons I have no hesitation in awarding it a 5 star rating, and hope that the inspiration gained by the authors in performing this deed of kindness and sharing it with us will encourage them to maybe produce more books like this in similar vein, albeit fictional." - (Stan)
"Tuvia Finds His Freedom" Written and Photographed by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, BookDepository, eStore of CreateSpace. Ask for it in your local book store, you might just find it there too. If not, you can show them this review and encourage them to sell the book.

These reviews have been shared by Shoshanah Shear
Co-author and Co-photographer of Tuvia Finds His Freedom

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Step Number One in Preparing to Work from Home

Yesterday, I began a series of posts on the topic of working from home. If you find yourself needing or wanting to work from home, the best way to become successful is to work smartly. That means begin by doing a stock take, preparing and planning so as to develop a plan that will help you to reach your goals. There are a number of facts you will need to write down as part of your stock take. So step number one is to decide whether you would like this process to be physically in a tangible book or folder or to keep a record on the computer or a combination. Your decision might depend on whether you have any disabilities or limitations, e.g. someone who is blind or quadriplegic will need to use a computer or adaptive technology / equipment. 

Once you have decided which method you will be using, we can get started. If you have a new blank book to use as a work book or a folder that you can insert pages into then take it out and label it as being your workbook for this process. If you prefer to keep your record online, open a word document and save it with a title suitable for this process.If you wish to use a combination or to work in a book / journal / folder but lack the appropriate stationary, your first step will be to go out and purchase what you need. If you need the funds for this, then we need to work out what the cost will be and how you can obtain it.

Your homework now will be to make sure you have a notebook, folder, scrapbook or document on your computer in order to begin your stock taking. Prepare what you need to keep your record and come back for the next step in doing your stock take.

This post is prepared for you by
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Work from Home

The area of work has always been a fascination to me and of great interest. As an occupational therapist, one important aspect of OT intervention in the area of work is the knowledge that enabling someone to be independent in earning an income that meets their needs empowers the person to live. When I was at university, in the introduction to Life Skills training, the lecturer shared the idea "give a person a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a person to fish and you feed him for life". 

Living a meaningful and healthy life costs in other words it requires money. How do we acquire money? The normal way of the world is to work. A large percentage go out to find a salaried job, but what happens when circumstances make earning in a salaried job difficult or impossible. It could be due to an illness, it could be due to economy resulting in cutbacks, it could be you were fired or moved cities or had a child or politics changed. There are any number of reasons why someone might find the need to work from home.

The wisest way to begin working from home is to have a stable income and begin exploring your options while you have some income coming in. We can take a look at a few options for this in another post. 

What I would like to address, is what one can do if you find yourself suddenly at home, needing to work from home without the luxury of an income coming in. Where do you turn? What are your options? How can you transition from the real and scary situation of having a need for income and a need to work from home without the cash flow to make that happen.

Have you experienced this situation? Please share your experience, I'd love to hear what lead to you working from home. What have you tried and what are you finding works for you? Do you have goals? Do you have dreams? 

I invite you to join me on a journey to discover the answers to these questions. I look forward to sharing many ideas, some of which I have tested and can share what what I have discovered from them, some I am still to explore.

If you are reading this post out of a need to increase your income by working from home, I hope you will find some support, tips and guidance in these posts.

If you are living in Israel and have a need for some assistance, do be in touch to make an appointment for a consultation.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Artist and Author

Monday, 19 October 2015

What can You do with Lemons?

When life throws you challenges what do you do? Many love to quote "When life gives you lemons make lemonade "

What do you do if you do not like lemonade or do not know how to make it. Is this really your only option?

Let us take a look. What can you do with lemons?

Well you can add some other citrus fruit and make jam (jelly) or marmalade.

You can sell the lemons and use the money for whatever you need.

You can sell some of the lemons and purchase some other fruits and work towards starting a fruit store.

You can use the lemons to season all kinds of dishes: salads, fish, salad dressings are a few ideas.

You can squeeze the lemons and make ice cubes with the lemon juice which is very refreshing in a glass of water.

You can say thank you and enjoy the lemons.

You can sit down and do a Google search on all the options of how to use lemons and decide if there are ideas I have not come up with.

You can photograph the lemons individually, as a group, cut them open and come up with as many unusually images that you can. Like wise you can draw the lemons in various different combinations.

You can cut the lemons into quarters, place them at various places in your home and it will absorb unpleasant odours.

There might be many more options of what to do with lemons. The point is to consider that lemons are good. There are benefits to lemons and even if you had not expected lemons there are ways you can use lemons for good and to create good in your life.

What are your thoughts. Do you like lemons? What do you like about them? What goals would you have to meet if you suddenly found you had a load of lemons?

What symbolism can you assign to lemons?

I'd love to hear your thoughts, so please share your comment at the end of the post.

This post has been prepared for you by
Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Benefit of Rear-view Mirrors

I was talking recently to someone about rear-view mirrors. Have you ever stopped to think about the need, value and benefit of rear view mirrors. In the image above, we see a wing / side mirror and though in this picture it is being used to see a reflection, usually wing / side mirrors and rear view mirrors are both crucial for safe driving. If one is driving, an advanced driver or one concerned about safety will be checking the rear view mirror and wing mirrors every 5 - 10 seconds. This does not mean you are ignoring what is in front of you, it means that you are making sure to be aware of what is happening around you at all times. 

What are the situations where this is necessary, or what will you benefit from checking so often?

Let us take a few examples: Firstly, you can see if there is anyone behind you or anyone wanting to pull out and overtake you. If you need to slow down e.g. to maneuver around something in your path, knowing if there is something / someone behind you will help you to adjust your speed effectively so as to prevent any problems. Regularly checking your rear view and side mirrors helps you to know if a car that was behind you might have gone into your blind spot or if there is anything unusual happening. 

If you need to stop, park, do a U-turn or a 3point turn, your mirrors are going to become vital to navigating each of these correctly, effectively and safely. 

Checking your rear view mirror can of course also be a symbol for traveling the path of life. In Ethihcs of our Fathers (Pirkei Avot) we are taught to know from where you are coming and to where you are going to... (Chapter 3:1) The reason for this is that it helps to keep you humble, to focus your path in life and to protect you from sin. Let us look at this idea a little more.

If you have a goal or dream or business you are working on or towards, it is recommended to sit down regularly to reflect on where you have come from, what you have achieved, what you might need to adjust or alter and how you are doing compared to where you aim to get to. Did the events of the past hour, few hours, day, week, month, year etc help you to come closer to your goal or did they cause an issue that has taken you away from your goal.

Just as a safe driver has to constantly be checking his / her mirrors, so too, anyone who wishes to be successful in life should be constantly reflecting on where they have come from, what they have accomplished, been through, people they have met, events that have transpired etc to help them to focus their efforts effectively. Without regularly reflecting in the appropriate manner, a person can end up either repeating the same mistakes repeatedly without realizing where the error is, or waste time, resources etc. Life is about growth, and knowing where and how you are growing, developing and achieving is dependent on whether you are measuring your efforts correctly. Just as a parent can not know how much a child is developing and whether this development is normal and healthy or requires assistance to improve unless they keep a record of significant milestones, so too, a person can not know how they are progressing unless they spend time keeping a record and regularly checking that progress. Part of this analysis requires reflecting on where they have come from and where they are going to. If we are really dedicated to be successful, then the rest of the teaching of Pirkei Avot is important, namely to remember that we will all have to give an accounting to our Creator. This helps us to stay focused on what is important in life and on whether our goals are in keeping with His goals. 

What are your thoughts on the benefits of reflecting as an opportunity to re-focus effectively and to navigate your path in life safely? We'd love to hear your ideas.

If you are in Israel and require assistance in setting goals for the coming year or in adjusting your goals effectively or reflecting appropriately, do be in touch for an appointment.

This post is prepared for you by 
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Kallah Teacher
Infant Massage Instructor
Artist, Author and Photographer

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Researching the Effects on Health of Being an Orphan

I have been working for a while on developing a service to help Jewish orphans especially at the time that they marry. Due to an exciting development in this service, I have been working on a crowd fundraiser. From some comments posted, I decided to research a little on the effects to an orphan on their development, health and more from the experience of being an orphan. 

I am finding some fascinating articles, but mostly on websites such as eHow or Ezine articles. I need some good references. If anyone has read an article from a reliable publication and can share the reference, please be in touch.

If you are an orphan and have found that growing up without parents or without your biological parents has had an impact on your quality of life, success in life, your health and development, please either post a comment below or send me an email. Your feedback can help me with future planning and developing a service that meets the needs of our clients effectively and in a caring manner.

Thank you for your assistance

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator
Certified Kallah Teacher
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
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