Sunday, 24 July 2016

A First Dance of a Weddiing with a Difference

Helping our clients to fulfill a dream is one of the amazing core goals of OT. I was busy researching for my latest book when I came across the following video. This video pulls together the potential of using a meaningful activity to meet a goal, together with how OT can assist in the stage of getting married or preparing a wedding.

Take a look at the video below to learn an important lesson in how incredible someone in a wheelchair can be.

The dance teacher is not an OT, but the theme of the video fits the profession. In this case, I think the dance teacher is a physio.

What are your thoughts of disabled sports or dance? Did you know that someone in a wheelchair can dance? Yes, there is such a thing as wheelchair dance. 

How about at your wedding? Take a look at a very inspiring video.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Inspiration from a 16 Year Old

Do you have a goal or a dream? Do you have a talent you'd love to use or develop?

This 16 year old shows us that surviving a dreaded disease does not have to hold you back. On the contrary it can give you the motivation to use your talents to heal and to give to others.

Very inspiring. The video really tells it all, so without any further ado, watch and enjoy...

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. The video really says it all.

What would you like to achieve if you had the courage and motivation to do so? What is holding you back from being the best you can be?

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Occupational Therapy Intervention for Brachial Plexus Palsy

A brachial plexus injury can happen at any age. When I worked in the hand clinic, I worked predominantly with adults, though a few were younger.

Do you know what the brachial plexus is? Most who come into the hand clinic have no idea until suddenly they are given the diagnosis of a brachial plexus injury.

In short, the brachial plexus is a group of nerves that comes from the vertebrae in the neck into the arm in order to make the muscles work and provide appropriate sensations to the arm or upper limb. There are difference to the injury and which muscles / sensations will be affected depending on how much of this group of nerves is affected and at what level. 

In the video below, a colleague gives an excellent demonstration of treating a child with such an injury.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Nearing the End - Years of Work on a Book

I am so much enjoying the process of bringing my book into a polished, published book. I'm meeting so many interesting people. Some are colleagues, some in the book world and some are important to the process in other ways.

There is so much to learn related to the writing process, the editing, formatting, how to market a book, where to market etc.This final stretch has been a long one. It has taken hours of writing, learning, re-writing, editing, crafting and more. All I can say is that it is a totally cathartic experience and I am eager to see the book finally come to print.

So ... we have reached the final, final stage. Working with "Word" is quite a challenge to say the least. The amount of times a blank page is inserted where one is not wanted or needed, headers and footers go out. Oh dear. Thank G-d for having a computer savvy husband. I never would have managed to reach this point without him. 

Well, 222 pages later, our book is ready for the cover to be designed. I guess I'll be cutting this post short as I am yearning to complete the cover. I have lots of ideas and am so looking forward to seeing the final book completed, published and in a book format through and through.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my book. Perhaps the next post will include when the book will be available. I certainly hope so, this has taken long enough.

In the meantime, if you have a blog and are interested and willing to do a review about a book about occupational therapy, please do be in touch. I'll be needing reviews both on blogs and on Amazon. So if you have written a review for another book, please send me a copy of the review and where you are able to post a review. Planning the next phase is on the go!

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Kallah Teacher
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom"
Artist and Photographer
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