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When OTs Wore White Shoes

Health and Wellness Fairs
March 3, 2016 2:45 PM by Debra Karplus
On more than one occasion, I have been driving around town on a Saturday morning doing miscellaneous errands and felt compelled to stop to check out some local health and wellness fair. There are several of these fairs each year around here; it seems Read More...
Body Mechanics
January 26, 2016 3:02 PM by Debra Karplus
A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to "retire" much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body Read More...
Therapy on Wheels
January 18, 2016 9:24 AM by Debra Karplus
The other day I drove by the local Bloodmobile parked in front of a large downtown bank near my house. It brought to mind an old fantasy that I had entertained for years, but never actually acted on it. During most of my years working as an occupational Read More...
OT and English Learner Students
January 12, 2016 2:43 PM by Debra Karplus
Passionate about genealogy, I learned a long time ago that my grandparents and those before them were immigrants -- mainly from Ukraine, Kiev, Pale of Settlement, Poland and Hungary. My ancestors came to America between 1880 and 1921 through Ellis Island Read More...
Getting Along on the Job
August 10, 2015 12:09 PM by Debra Karplus
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 Read More...
Becoming a Travelling Occupational Therapist
September 29, 2014 8:00 AM by Debra Karplus
It seems that a week does not go by without receiving a phone call from a recruiting company offering me a full time position "in my area". Many of these jobs are with companies that also employ travelling therapists. Some of the opportunities that have Read More...
Who was Eleanor Clarke Slagle?
July 14, 2014 11:30 AM by Debra Karplus
If you have attended any of the annual conventions of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or paid proper attention to the articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), then you are certainly aware of the Eleanor Clarke Read More...
Wanted: A Few Good Men in OT
June 23, 2014 10:58 AM by Debra Karplus
If you look through any of the old occupational therapy textbooks or photos you seldom (never) see any male OTs. When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, I remember that there was one male in our class of approximately twenty students, Read More...
Giving OT Presentations to High School Students
June 2, 2014 9:04 AM by Debra Karplus
Over the years, I've been asked many times to talk to a high school health careers class, of perhaps a dozen students, about occupational therapy. A few years ago I created a simple thirty-two slide Power Point presentation that I tweak a bit with a few Read More...
A Few Lessons that I Have Learned from my Patients and Clients
March 31, 2014 9:41 AM by Debra Karplus
Reminiscing on four decades of occupational therapy work reminds me of some lessons I've learned from people who received my services. As an OT student I was sometimes ambivalent about my course of study; family and friends weren't particularly supportive Read More...