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When OTs Wore White Shoes

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...
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...
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...
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...
The Stigma of Riding the Little Yellow School Bus
October 13, 2014 3:53 PM by Debra Karplus
The legislation of the mid-1970s that mainstreamed students with special needs into general education classroom in public schools brought with it the little yellow school bus. Is there any child older than about third grade that isn't aware of the mini-bus? Read More...
ADHD and Occupational Therapy
October 6, 2014 9:47 AM by Debra Karplus
When I was in second grade in the 1950s, Timmy was a boy in class who received much attention for consistently being out of his seat in class. Mrs. Goldberg frequently scolded him and demanded that he stay seated. He often vomited in class so pupils laughed Read More...
Mainstreaming Students Needing Special Education Services
February 28, 2014 10:14 AM by Debra Karplus
I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't remember ever seeing a person in a wheelchair until I moved into my college dormitory in the fall of 1970. Apparently, this girl lived on the first floor of our tall building. (In an ironic twist of fate our paths 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...