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August 2014 - Posts

When OTs Wore White Shoes

The Manual Muscle Test: Low Tech but Still Widely Used
August 25, 2014 10:38 AM by Debra Karplus
In occupational therapy school, I remember spending one class session learning about the Manual Muscle Test. Like many of the lessons learned in OT school, I didn't have a sense of their impact in an actual clinical setting. So, I did not really take Read More...
Trying to Find the Tomatoes
August 18, 2014 9:01 AM by Debra Karplus
The other day I was out my garden trying to locate the ripe tomatoes so that I could pick them. Admittedly, this year, for no particular reason, I had planted the little tomato plants way to close to each other. So now, at harvesting time, I have had Read More...
A Squeamish OT
August 11, 2014 10:39 AM by Debra Karplus
I have a confession to make, that many of my friends do not even know about me; though many people perceive me as being "tough," I am really easily "grossed out." Snakes do not bother me; and spiders frighten me only because my last encounter with an Read More...
Have we Always had Handicapped Parking Spaces?
August 4, 2014 9:21 AM by Debra Karplus
A friend with a newly acquired disability was waiting for me to pick him up. In his hand was a handicapped parking tag to hang on my car's inside mirror so that we could park in a handicapped parking spot. It hadn't occurred to me that I was allowed to Read More...