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August 31, 2015 12:52 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

A friend's father, a robust and relatively healthy man in his eighties, went down to the basement to assess the water damage after recent heavy rains and fell.  One problem lead to another and within about six weeks, he passed away.  We had just been at a barbecue with him right before his fall, and it was hard to imagine such a quick demise.

A patient of mine in his forties had been doing ...


 
August 26, 2015 1:22 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. When I was finished, I came out feeling clean and relaxed, like a blob of spaghetti, yet invigorated. People who swim laps regularly can probably relate to this ...


 
August 20, 2015 4:11 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

By her own admission, we had a real "Debbie Downer" in our program the last 10 days. She was full of excuses and would not take any responsibility for the quality of her life.  It was obvious that she was not invested in making any changes and was just going through the motions.

My colleague Mark advises that "we should never be working harder than our clients." This is especially true when working with ...


 
August 19, 2015 11:56 AM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Editor's Note: This blog was guest-written by Maher Kharma, MHS, OTR/L, CEAS, occupational therapist at Doctors Community Hospital, Lanham, MD

While occupational therapists wear various hats at different times to maximize client independence, they also function well, and are equipped to do so, as the ones who step in to renovate lifestyles.

Recently, a 65-year-old stroke survivor came to our ...


 
August 17, 2015 10:05 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Mindfulness is popular these days. It seems that many conversations I have with people turns toward the subject of mindfulness. People are heading to mindfulness training, workshops, and even retreats. I find it interesting that many of these folks are some of the most neurotic people that I know. But, when I think about it, that really does make sense. Perhaps they need to become more mindful than other people might! ...

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Last week, I shared my concerns about A. returning to school. She was highly anxious, and there were several challenges she was going to have to overcome in order to be successful.

Now that she's completed the first week, I am happy to report that she has managed her anxiety and is doing well in the classroom so far. She still has complaints, of course. While she, fortunately, doesn't share any classes with the ...


 
August 10, 2015 12:09 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The other day, I started thinking about an interesting interaction that happened a few years ago with a couple of co-workers. I'm not even sure what prompted this experience to pop into my head when it did, but I will share the story.

At a long term care rehabilitation facility in a small town just outside of where I live, I worked as an occupational therapist supervising a crew of certified occupational therapy ...


 

Last year, A. attended the Knoxville Comic and Anime Con, of which I wrote an entry about in this blog. Because she enjoyed that experience so much, I decided to make sure she continued to attend even more conventions this year.

We took her to the Marble City Comic-Con, as well as the Fanboy Expo.

A. thoroughly enjoyed both, even though she did not have the same benefit of having friends to pal around ...


 
August 5, 2015 3:37 PM by Brian Ferrie of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part:

"Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. ...


 
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, ...


 

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.