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February 2014 - Posts

When OTs Wore White Shoes

Mainstreaming Students Needing Special Education Services
February 28, 2014 10:14 AM by Debra Karplus
I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't remember ever seeing a person in a wheelchair until I moved into my college dormitory in the fall of 1970. Apparently, this girl lived on the first floor of our tall building. (In an ironic twist of fate our paths Read More...
When an Occupational Therapist Becomes a Grandparent
February 21, 2014 10:02 AM by Debra Karplus
When I birthed my first child, I had been an occupational therapist for a mere couple of years. As a clinician, my time was spent working in long term care facilities and most of my patients were geriatric patients in their seventies and older. My children Read More...
Cursive Writing as Part of OT
February 17, 2014 8:34 AM by Debra Karplus
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember that once you entered the third grade, penmanship was one of the subjects on your report card along with English, reading, and arithmetic. Every classroom bulletin board displayed charts of how capital Read More...
Home Visit Safety
February 10, 2014 12:11 PM by Debra Karplus
Visiting patients or clients in their homes in rural central Illinois for adult wheelchair assessments, school-aged child evaluations, or birth-to-three early interventions, was how I spent much of my professional life as an occupational therapist in Read More...
Wheelchair Wonders
February 4, 2014 8:30 PM by Debra Karplus
I came to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in August 1970 as a freshman; I was immediately accepted into the occupational therapy program. At the time, I had no clue that the UIUC campus was one of the first nationwide to be wheelchair Read More...