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Chair Yoga
February 1, 2016 10:47 AM by Debra Karplus
I've written a couple of other blogs here about yoga; one was a general article about the benefits of yoga for our patients and for ourselves, and the other blog was about my experience trying laughter yoga at a local park district event. My personal Read More...
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Cycling Safely
September 30, 2015 2:58 PM by Debra Karplus
My friend died recently. I don't know the official cause of death, but I definitely know that he had some dementia that became totally debilitating during the last years of his life - so debilitating that he couldn't function on his own or even in an Read More...
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Respecting Children with Disabilities
September 16, 2015 2:42 PM by Debra Karplus
Yesterday, we stopped at our favorite ice cream store to treat ourselves to hot fudge sundaes. Living in a relatively small town for a long time, I often find myself running into people that I know from some little pocket of my life, and while standing Read More...
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Advising New Moms to Use Caution
September 9, 2015 11:01 AM by Debra Karplus
Through a friend, I heard an incredibly sad story that I share over and over, especially with pregnant teens and new moms. An upper middle class, highly educated couple left their two month old with an experienced nanny while they went out for an appointment Read More...
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Backpacks are a Real Pain
July 20, 2015 4:31 PM by Debra Karplus
It's back-to-school time again, the time when parents and children, from pre-kindergarten to high school head to large discount stores for great deals on school supplies. Backpacks are essential for students regardless of age, grade or physical size. Read More...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Equestrian Therapy and OT
March 17, 2014 9:41 AM by Debra Karplus
I'm definitely not a "horse person." I grew up in the suburbs where the only animals in close vicinity were people's pet poodles and schnauzers and an occasional Siamese cat or canary or goldfish. At age seven, my best friend, who shared my birthday, Read More...
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When an Occupational Therapist Becomes a Grandparent
February 21, 2014 10:02 AM by Debra Karplus
When I birthed my first child, I had been an occupational therapist for a mere couple of years. As a clinician, my time was spent working in long term care facilities and most of my patients were geriatric patients in their seventies and older. My children Read More...
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