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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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