Sunday, 20 November 2016

Book Review by Lynette Hampton

It is very special to have another book review sent in to us. This one comes from South Africa. Sadly, being in South Africa, the reader was not able to post this to Amazon and sent it to us instead. 

"Tuvia Finds His Freedom" by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear
A lovely concept to base a story on a real animal - Tuvia is the perfect name for a turtle - and we are immediately drawn into the quandary of what is to become of him. The book highlights one of the most important lessons a child can learn, that being, to care for our world and all its creatures. The story is an expression of kindness and love, involving problem-solving and delightfully told.
~ Lynette Hampton (art teacher) from South Africa.
For those who are not familiar with this book, "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" is available in both English and Hebrew on the link provided here as well as other online, retail bookstore outlets. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Be Active, Be Healthy, Understand Occupational Therapy

As my late grandfather's — Professor Vincent Louis Granger (Yehuda Leib ben Yosef) — 3rd Yartzheit approaches, I am excited to announce the release of my new book that is dedicated to his merit. The book is entitled: "Healing Your Life Through Activity — An Occupational Therapist's Story" by Shoshanah Shear.

Most people I have met have no idea what occupational therapy is, or if they do, their perception of the profession is usually limited. It was my grandfather, who opened the door for me to a world of the importance of empowering others to succeed to the optimum no matter what their limitation is.

The book was written following requests from some of my patients and their families. My patients were frustrated that they had not known about occupational therapy sooner and the many benefits it would offer them, resulting in needless time wasted —where they could have been receiving the intervention they needed and deserved.   Ironically — these patients did not come to me of their own accord, neither were they referred to me. I had come across them through an indirect manner, and hearing their story, I realized that what they were in need of — was occupational therapy! As they requested, the book was written to educate the layperson, as well as medical students and professionals, in order to improve appropriate and timeous referrals. 

To write a work that would be equally useful to such a diverse population was no easy challenge. Through the four sections of the book, I hope that you, the reader will:
·  understand what occupational therapy is
·  value the power of meaningful activity
·  appreciate the depth of knowledge that an occupational therapist has
·  recognize that OTs works with people of all ages, throughout the life-cycle in various different settings
·  appreciate the wonders and complexity of the progression of life from fertility to old age
·  learn about the valuable contribution that my grandfather made to the disabled population in South Africa
·  recognize the validity of the profession

The book has letters of endorsement from Emeritus Professor Tuviah Zabow, retired head of psychiatry at Groote Schuur / Valkenberg, and Norman Samuels M.D., Medical Director and retired obesity surgeon, Florida, USA.

The book is available online on:

CreateSpace eStore:


Amazon UK:
and will be available on other online stores shortly! Contact me for orders or further info.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Twins Switched at Birth

There is a lot written or spoken about nature and nurture. What happens when identical twins are raised apart and then re-united? For me the first question is how can identical twins be raised apart?

The following video raises all kinds of questions. This has to be every expectant mothers worst nightmare. Here are two sets of identical twins who were born in the same hospital and switched at birth. The result is that both sets of twins thought they were non-identical or fraternal twins and not identical. Both sets of twins are raised in very different types of backgrounds. One in the city, one in a rural area.

What happens when they discover their real twin?

How would you handle such a situation? What would you do if you were the mother of either of these sets of twins?

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist

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