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August 4, 2015 5:08 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The other day, I was riding on a commuter train. The last passenger to board the train at my stop was a young woman who was using a blind cane; let's call her Mary. The conductor escorted her to a seat in an area designated for people with disabilities. Not being particularly social when using public transportation, I became engrossed in a Sudoku puzzle as the train started moving. Other passengers were using various ...

 
July 28, 2015 1:01 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I've been working with a nurse with severe anxiety and symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

I introduced her to Open Focus attention and many other ideas that I intuitively felt would be helpful to her.

She looked quite different when I saw her the next day, appearing less anxious and generally brighter. I asked if she implemented any of the teachings, and she replied, "No, I have not had ...


 
July 28, 2015 12:32 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods of Minnesota where he and a bunch of his buddies enjoyed a week of rustic accommodations, fishing from boats, and eating their fresh caught walleye which ...

 

(This is part 2 of a 2-part series.)

Last week, I discussed the main events that occurred with M. and his mother visiting us from California. However, there were so many other small moments that I felt were, ultimately, so much more important to M. and A. 

M. ...


 
July 24, 2015 12:03 PM by Dillon Stickle of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

I recently took a trip to Allentown, Pa. to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors, and learn about a breakthrough program that will pave a more sufficient path for patients with Dementia and other cognitive impairments. ...

 
July 20, 2015 4:31 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

It's back-to-school time again, the time when parents and children, from pre-kindergarten to high school head to large discount stores for great deals on school supplies. Backpacks are essential for students regardless of age, grade or physical size. How else can they transport essentials, such as pencils, markers, calculator, textbooks, spiral notebooks, and loose leaf binders, plus daily assignment books and organizers? ...

 

(This is part 1 of a 2 part series.)

These past few blog entries have focused on A.'s online relationship with a boy in California who is also on the spectrum. This past week, M. and his mother flew all the way to Tennessee to visit us. It was the first time A. and M. met each other in real life, and I had a bit of apprehension about the visit - What if it went badly? What if they were both overwhelmed? ...


 
July 13, 2015 4:53 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Gehrig's disease? It's tough to come up with words of comfort for a friend or relative who has this cruel disease.

Everyone whom I have known with the disease has ...


 

One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks.

I'm fascinated about the fact that A. has developed a romance over such a long distance with a friend who ...


 
July 8, 2015 2:32 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Last week I worked with an incredibly anxious young man who could barely sit still and make eye contact. He'd been on the unit for a couple of weeks. While he was generally cooperative, he was easily frustrated by other people and had difficulty being around them.

During the course of our session, I could see a dramatic shift in his level of anxiety, which he reported decreased from a 10 to a 5. While a number of ...


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July 7, 2015 3:10 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

At a dinner party the other night, one young man, Mike, a newly graduated anesthesiologist, was "holding court," answering "doctor questions" from some of the other guests. One guest, a man with a son in college and a daughter finishing high school, asked Mike if he had to do it over again, would he become a physician. Mike, without hesitation, responded "no." 

I responded that I always encourage young people ...


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One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks.

I'm fascinated about the fact that A. has developed a romance over such a long distance with a friend who ...


 
July 1, 2015 1:12 PM by Brian Ferrie of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services.

On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services ...


 

One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks.

I'm fascinated about the fact that A. has developed a romance over such a long distance with a friend who ...


 
June 30, 2015 9:38 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I don't watch much television, but last night, while dozing, I caught the tail end of a commercial advertising a telehealth service that consumers can subscribe to. I was curious and did a bit of research about this. From what I could figure out, a consumer can get 24/7 access to a physician via a Skype-like service to diagnose a health problem. It is a convenient and affordable way to "see" a doctor.

This jogged ...


 
June 25, 2015 4:12 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

One of the toughest but most important pills to swallow is the fact that everything we see in the external world is a direct reflection of what's happening internally. This is precisely why the same situation (e.g. a "difficult" person) can trigger so many varying degrees of responses.

Part of our human nature is to project our feelings onto things in the external world.

Why?

The reason is because, ...


 
June 23, 2015 12:43 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

We treated Dad to lunch at one of his favorite casual dining restaurants on Father's Day. Before entering the building, the restaurant host promptly greeted us as with a smile and was extremely helpful opening the doors for us. He quickly seated us at a table and provided us menus.

We were hungry and ready to eat, but to our dismay, it took much longer than it should have for any waiter to come to our table. We ...


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June 16, 2015 10:00 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

When I started college in the early 1970s, I developed a passion for classical music. Lucky for those of us at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, we have the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a relatively new concert hall when I was a college freshman, and other venues for enjoying live classical and other excellent quality music. In the past couple decades I have been able to get to Krannert ...

 
June 12, 2015 1:03 PM by Dillon Stickle of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

A couple weeks back, I visited the Occupational Therapy department at MossRehab to talk to Steve Whittaker, an OT who also is certified in low vision rehabilitation, and learn about what they're doing in the field for an article coming out in this month's issue.

While learning about the rehab program, I got to speak with one of Steve's patients, Deborah, and learn about her journey with low vision since she was ...


 
June 9, 2015 5:25 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

My student who started this week witnessed quite an amazing transformation with one of our clients. Just to give you a little background on the client - she's been married for 43 years and never once said no to her husband until last week. She came into our program looking meek and helpless, and left feeling and looking empowered.

I explained to my student that it wasn't what we did that had such a powerful ...


 
May 28, 2015 12:26 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Before we begin, let me share a little bit of my personal history.

If I had to name my personality prior to starting this journey of personal growth, I would have called myself "Emotional Wreck Dan." Even though I was quite functional, the truth is that I was a wreck on the inside, plagued with anxiety and fear on an almost constant basis. I looked OK to the outside world but, internally, I was suffering.

Once ...


 
May 26, 2015 3:48 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a nasty disease that occupational therapists often work with in their patients. People don't realize the many symptoms that come with this disease until it robs a loved one of any sort of reasonable quality of life, and ultimately leads to a long slow death. One only has to view the numerous television commercials for products to alleviate COPD symptoms to realize that ...


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May 19, 2015 11:38 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I stepped into a special education functional life skills classroom at the high school last week. From the doorway, it appeared to be a big free-for-all, with loud music and students, and their special education teachers and aides moving around in all directions to the pulsating beat. But when I actually looked closer and saw how the students were spending this week's Fun Friday, I was rather impressed. Typically ...

 
May 15, 2015 10:23 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Do you ever feel pressured to just know all the answers in any given moment?

I'm feeling a bit of that right now as I'm writing this blog. I feel like I should know exactly what I am supposed to write about, but the truth is I am quite lost at the moment.

However, I'm grateful for remembering one of the most impressive things Eckhart Tolle heard the Dali Llama say when asked a number of "serious" questions. ...


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This past week was a rough one. I was working long hours each day, and A. was having a crisis at her school. One of her good friends, E., stopped having anything to do with her. I'm still not sure what happened. As much as I can gather, other students have started a rumor that A. is, in fact, NOT autistic, and it seems like E. might believe these rumors, and is upset and stressed about the idea that A. may have lied ...

 

ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners editorial staff will discuss issues in the occupational therapy profession, current events in healthcare and offer their personal views and tips for your enjoyment.

The Pediatric Perspective blog is a place to come to learn of new and existing strategies for anyone working in Pediatrics or anyone who has a young loved one with occupational therapy needs.  Join Wendy as she shares these strategies along with the struggles and triumphs of being a mom and therapist navigating the Special Education world with her son.

The mother of an autistic girl shares her story about her daughter's sensory issues, the various treatments she has received, and how "living on the spectrum" affects everyday life for her family.

Tim Banish, Sr., COTA, Retired will share his thoughts on important issues such as COTA salaries, productivity requirements, and the current changes in healthcare. My main focus will be issues older Americans are facing and long term care.

Dan Eisner is a psychiatric OT in the department of psychiatry at the University of MD Medical Center and a private certified coach at http://www.keyinsightcoaching.com/ with over 15 years experience. Dan has been inspiring thousands of people with his unique blend of services which includes a basic understanding of mind-body science, emotional intelligence, and practical spirituality.

Iris Kimberg MS PT, OTR,  CEO of NYTherapyGuide, will keep therapists current on issues, trends and opportunities in the private sector.

Occupational therapy has changed a lot over the past four decades, and it continues to evolve. Follow Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L as she shares the wisdom that comes with being a seasoned occupational therapist.