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May 2014 - Posts

When OTs Wore White Shoes

OTs Performing On-Site Industrial Evaluations
May 27, 2014 8:51 AM by Debra Karplus
In my four decades as an occupational therapy practitioner, I have often felt conflicted and torn between two worlds; decisions based on the behalf of the facility or agency that was paying me, often clashed with what was best for my client or patient. Read More...
Who Were Willard and Spackman?
May 19, 2014 9:34 AM by Debra Karplus
There are numerous publications for occupational therapists, some general, and others on specific topics such as pediatrics or management. Back when I was in OT school in the 1970s, the Willard and Spackman Occupational Therapy textbook was "the Bible" Read More...
Splint Making for Dummies
May 12, 2014 10:20 AM by Debra Karplus
I wish there'd been a book called Splint Making for Dummies when I was a neophyte OT. Splint-making is challenging. When I became employed as an OT, I had only minimal experience with splints. Fortunately for me, I fabricated splints a handful of times Read More...
Bipolar Disorder and OT
May 5, 2014 11:46 AM by Debra Karplus
I recently attended the funeral of a woman who never made it to her fortieth birthday. Despite a loving and supportive husband, parents and extended family, a master's degree, a promising career, and appropriate medication, bipolar disorder trumped all Read More...