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When OTs Wore White Shoes

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...
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...
Taking Dad Fishing
July 28, 2015 12:32 PM by Debra Karplus
Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods Read More...
Choosing a Health Care Career
July 7, 2015 3:10 PM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party the other night, one young man, Mike, a newly graduated anesthesiologist, was "holding court," answering "doctor questions" from some of the other guests. One guest, a man with a son in college and a daughter finishing high school, asked Read More...
Confidentiality and Healthcare
March 18, 2015 1:57 PM by Debra Karplus
I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see "The Bob Newhart Show." On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing Read More...
Where Did You Receive Your OT Training?
September 22, 2014 9:55 AM by Debra Karplus
I was doing some cleaning and organizing and stumbled upon a few of my old college textbooks. I started thinking about some of my occupational therapy classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the mid-1970s, and about my professors there. I Read More...
What Do You Wear to Work?
September 15, 2014 12:44 PM by Debra Karplus
Cleaning out a closet here at home the other day, I stumbled upon a couple of lab coats, lurking in the back of the closet. One is jacket length, the other is three-quarter length. I can't remember the last time I wore either of these. But supposedly, Read More...
Occupational Therapy Defining Moments
September 8, 2014 11:29 AM by Debra Karplus
I frequently find myself in social situations where I'm meeting new people. It always humors me when people say, "So, what do you do?" typically respond by saying, "Well, I do many things, but I'm an occupational therapist by profession." Recently, I Read More...
The Doctor is In: Getting a Doctorate Degree as an Occupational Therapist
July 28, 2014 11:52 AM by Debra Karplus
Dr. Debra Karplus! Gosh, that has a nice ring to it. Do I plan to pursue a doctorate degree? Being in my sixties, I certainly do not. I earned my Bachelor's Degree at the "normal time", directly after high school; I found the program to be extremely challenging. 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...
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...
Why Occupational Therapy?
January 20, 2014 4:28 PM by Debra Karplus
It's hard for me to believe that I have been an occupational therapist for nearly forty years. A chance meeting at a summer job with a wise older woman (she was probably in her thirties) was my first exposure to the field. I was headed to college that Read More...