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When OTs Wore White Shoes

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...
Online Occupational Therapy?
June 30, 2015 9:38 AM by Debra Karplus
I don't watch much television, but last night, while dozing, I caught the tail end of a commercial advertising a telehealth service that consumers can subscribe to. I was curious and did a bit of research about this. From what I could figure out, a consumer Read More...
An Unexpected Reminder on Father’s Day
June 23, 2015 12:43 PM by Debra Karplus
We treated Dad to lunch at one of his favorite casual dining restaurants on Father's Day. Before entering the building, the restaurant host promptly greeted us as with a smile and was extremely helpful opening the doors for us. He quickly seated us at Read More...
The Gift of Song
June 16, 2015 10:00 AM by Debra Karplus
When I started college in the early 1970s, I developed a passion for classical music. Lucky for those of us at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, we have the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, a relatively new concert hall when I was Read More...
OT and Wii
May 19, 2015 11:38 AM by Debra Karplus
I stepped into a special education functional life skills classroom at the high school last week. From the doorway, it appeared to be a big free-for-all, with loud music and students, and their special education teachers and aides moving around in all 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...
Staying Well at Work
November 17, 2014 9:35 AM by Debra Karplus
The Ebola virus has been in the headlines quite a bit lately. I had never even heard of it before a few months ago! There have been many other health scares in the news over the years. I remember a few years back, photos of people on a large jet all wearing Read More...
Voting and Disability
November 3, 2014 2:19 PM by Debra Karplus
With election season here, most of us take our right to vote for granted. You simply drive or walk to your nearby polling place, cast your ballot, and stroll away smiling, touting with your new "I voted" sticker. For people with disabilities, the right Read More...
A Disability Resource Expo
October 27, 2014 11:47 AM by Debra Karplus
October is National Disability Awareness month. This year our community hosted its eighth annual Disability Resource Expo, as it does each October. This county-wide event has grown larger each year and has moved from the mall to its new location at our 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...
Medical Marijuana and Occupational Therapy
September 2, 2014 9:15 AM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party last week, my friend Nancy shared details of her recent vacation to Colorado vacation, a state where marijuana, both medical and recreational, is now legal. Nancy has had a long history of chronic pain. She bought some weed legally at Read More...
OT Practitioners: Are you Thinking about Getting a Tattoo?
July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Debra Karplus
A magazine that I read has a cover story about tattoos in its recent issue. It gives a statistic from the Pew Research Center stating that four in ten Americans between ages twenty-two and thirty-seven have tattoos. Ironically, I had just sent a proposal Read More...
Driver Education and OT
June 16, 2014 8:08 AM by Debra Karplus
When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, hospitals and nursing homes were the main arenas where OTs worked. Training to transfer in and out of a car for homebound hospital patients who were paraplegic was the extent to which I helped 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...
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...