Friday, June 23, 2017

Age in Place -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17jul03e.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Will You Be Able to Age in Place?"

What if Your House Doesn't Sell? -- Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17jun26b.cfm

I welcome comments on my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"What if Your House Doesn't Sell?"

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Buying a Blender -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17jul03d.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

under my pen name Lee Doppelt

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Buying a Blender or Food Processor".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Your House Doesn't Sell -- The Dollar Stretcher

The June 2017 print edition of

The Dollar Stretcher

contains my latest published article on page 24

"What If Your House Doesn't Sell".

I welcome your comments.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Heating Ducts Cleaned? -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/1x/12.cfm

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to comment on my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

"Should You Have Your Heating Ducts Cleaned?"


Friends & Financial Advice -- Dollar Stretcher

http://stretcher.com/stories/17/17jun05c.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest article published in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"When Your Friends Ask You for Financial Advice".

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Preparing for Hip Surgery -- Prime Life times

Local readers can now read my latest published article in the

June 2017 print copy of

Prime Life Times

"Preparing for Hip Surgery".

I welcome your comments.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Settling on your New Sofa -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17may29b.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Settling On Your New Sofa".


Monday, May 22, 2017

Rain Barrels -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://stretcher.com/stories/17/17may22b.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Barrels of Money".

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Child Car Seats -- www.culvercitymoms.com

I welcome your comments on my recently published article about

Child Car Seats.

www.culvercitymoms.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Productive Uses for your Nervous Energy

You know the feeling; you occasionally feel jumpy or restless, fidgety or jittery; often the feeling comes when you are overtired.  The term “antsy” is derived from the longer phrase “ants in your pants”  According to www.quora.com, the 1934 Chick Webb recording “I Can’t Dance I have Ants in My Pants”, may have made the term popular, or it may have come from  Army General Hugh S. Johnson in the mid-1930s as per www.phrases.org.us, from the Dictionary of Cliques.  You may know it as the heebie jeebies or in Yiddish as the spilkes.  Whatever the origin of the term, you are looking for constructive uses when nervous energy creeps in, things to do that are not financially stupid such as shopping when you aren’t really looking for something specific to buy.

Move around.

Physical exercise is the perfect antidote for restlessness.  If you have a gym or swim membership, head over to the facility and work out and attend an exercise class such as Zumba or aerobics.  You will certainly feel better physically and emotionally as you move around and sweat.  Go somewhere where you can hit a bucket of golf balls.  Or take a walk either alone or with a friend or neighborhood walking group.  If running or jogging or bicycling excites you, do one of those activities to calm yourself.  If you have a basket on your bike or a reasonable backpack, you could make the grocery store your destination and pick up a few items for dinner.

Get your house in good order.

There are lots of things that you can do inside and outside your house, relatively mundane tasks to dispel nervous energy.  Outside, you can get out in your garden and pull weeds or trim shrubbery, or edge the lawn.  If you don’t have a yard that requires that sort of attention, help a friend or neighbor in their backyard, or head over to your church or synagogue, throw some yard tools in the back of your vehicles, and spruce up the grounds there.  People will be very appreciative of your efforts and you will likely feel calmer as you beautify the area.  Or try vacuuming the inside of your car and then washing it thoroughly will be satisfying, or clean out the glove box or trunk.

Inside the house, you can reorganize a closet or bookshelf and bring items that you no longer need to the nearest resale store or charity.  Or dust or vacuum areas that you often miss during routine weekly cleaning, such as underneath furniture or in corners.  Step into the kitchen and try cooking or baking something from a new recipe that you got from a friend or that you found online.

Tap into your creative side.

Do you like to make quilts or knit or crochet?  Make something for someone in your family or for a gift to a relative.  Or make a lap blanket and donate it to your nearby nursing home.  The American Heart Association, www.heart.org has their Little Hats, Big Hearts program seeking crocheted little red hats for infants in distress.  Or learn to make jewelry.  Learn to be a better photographer.  Take your point and shoot camera or phone and head outdoors and take pictures.

Try something new.

Do you know anything about your ancestry?  Interview a relative about the family tree or search online at family search.org or ancestry.com or some other genealogy website and begin your research.  Learn to play a musical instrument.  Possibly you have a piano in your home; try to learn to play a new piece of music.  Try your hand at writing.  Maybe something interesting happened to you in third grade that would make an interesting short story; have fun and embellish it and turn it into fiction.

Take a walk or drive to a new grocery store; leisurely walk up and down each aisle and purchase at least  one item that you have never bought before, such as an unusual type of fruit or vegetable or food from the international aisle and take it home and include it in the family dinner.  Wander through one of the large home improvement stores or a hardware store and get ideas of somethings you might want to make to for the interior or exterior of your home or for the yard or garden.

You can learn to transform your nervous energy into a friend rather than a demon by channeling it into something that improves your life in some way without breaking the bank.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Your Money-Savvy Preschooler -- www.culvercitymoms.com

www.culvercitymoms.com

is where you can read my latest published article

"Your Money-savvy Preschooler".

I welcome your comments.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Aging in Place - Prime Life Times

The May 2017 issue of

Prime Life Times

is publishing my article on the cover page

"Aging in Place".

I welcome your comments.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Train Travel -- The Dollar Stretcher

"Get on Board with Affordable Train Travel"

is my latest article to be published in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com.

I welcome your comments.

Affordable Solutions to Asbestos Removal -- Dollar Stretcher

I welcome your comments on my article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Affordable Solutions to Asbestos Removal"

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses? -- culvercitymoms.com

www.culvercitymoms.com

"Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?"

I welcome your comments.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Basic Bicycle Maintenance: Dollar Stretcher Magazine

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17apr03b.cfm

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Basic Bicycle Maintenance".

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Installing a New Overhead Garage Door -- Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"The Ups and Downs of Installing a New Overhead Garage Door"

is my latest published article at

The Dollar Stretcher.

I welcome your comments.

A Labor Saving Garden -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17mar13b.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"A Labor Saving Garden".

Monday, March 6, 2017

Transporting Motor Homes -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://stretcher.com/stories/17/17mar06b.cfm

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

"Make Money Transporting Motor Homes".

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keeping Your Piano Tuned -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17feb20b.cfm

I welcome your comments about my recently published article

at www.stretcher.com

The Dollar Stretcher

"Keeping Your Piano and Other musical Instruments in Tune for Cheap".

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Color Me Happy

Color me happy

A couple years ago, I spotted some feature story on TV about coloring for adults and teens and its calming effects.  I saw a few other shows demonstrated adults coloring.  Then I noticed specially designated areas in the libraries of two of our high schools that each had a table reserved for students to use crayons and designs to color.  Ample supplies were available for all.  It seemed that the idea of adults coloring had really caught on to mainstream America.

Though I have many attributes, “calm” isn’t one of them.  I could see where coloring would have a relaxing effect on me and, though not a procrastinator, I made a mental note to purchase crayons or colored pencils or markers and a coloring book; but I never got around to embarking on the coloring craze.

Then I broke my wrist on my dominant hand. This essentially put me out of commission for many activities of daily living and that I couldn’t drive nor write was especially humiliating to me and I hated being so dependent on others for generally simple tasks.

After 4 weeks and 2 days, my plaster cast was removed.  Being able to drive again was a huge milestone.  One of my first drives was to the Dollar Tree store.  There I found assorted coloring books for adults for $1 each and a box of 48 crayons with a sharpener on the outside of the box also for only $1.  And though admittedly, these crayons were not of the caliber of our beloved Crayola Crayons (a product whose box has not at all changed since I was in elementary school in the 1950s), they were acceptable.

I put on some relaxing music and sat in my living room and attempted to color using my impaired extremity.  But, I was embarrassed at these first attempts; I believe that my 2 year old granddaughter had better hand control for coloring than Grandma Debbie!  But I practiced, practiced, practiced, and within just a few days, not only could I hold the crayon using the correct pincer grip but I had gained enough strength and coordination to not just color, but to successfully color within the lines of a very small and detailed design.

At this point I knew it was time to try using my impaired dominant hand to write using a pencil and then a pen and was quite pleased with myself not for simply being able to write, no less legibly than before my injury, but that I had enough hand wrist and hand control to write tiny enough to write and sign a check and enter it in the checkbook log, a combination of tasks that just days before I depended on the help of others and of course by handy-dandy signature rubber stamp.

As a semi-retired occupational therapist who is seldom working in a clinical setting, I am quite curious if therapists are using coloring as a medium for developing pre-writing skills for our patients.


Velcro -- an Occupational Therapist's Best Friend

Velcro – an OTs best friend

Since fracturing my wrist in December, I have gained a greater respect for Velcro.   Having new shoes with Velcro closures has truly been a blessing since all my other shoes require tying.  Maybe some people have mastered tying shoes one-handed but not me, despite several attempts. 

My left hand is still only marginally functional, very weak and limited range of motion especially in wrist flexion and extension.  But then the plaster cast has been off for only six days now.  And the removable wrist brace that they gave me at the clinic can easily be donned and doffed as needed, thanks to the magic of Velcro.

Curious about Velcro, I searched on the internet.  As the story goes, in 1941 a Swiss electrical engineer, George de Mestral invented Velcro as the result of burrs sticking to his pants while walking in the woods.  This hook and loop fastener was patented as Velcro in 1955 combining the words velvet and crochet into Velcro.  Initially Velcro was made of cotton but it was found that nylon created stronger Velcro.

My first major encounter with Velcro was in occupational therapy school, sometime around 1973 or so.  At that time, Velcro straps were being used on the splints that we fabricated for our patients.  I feel like I had seen Velcro sometime before that, perhaps on a piece of luggage or on a blood pressure cuff.

I couldn’t find anything specific in my internet search but it seems as if sometime in the 1980s, Velcro became more mainstream.  You could buy Velcro in any sewing shop or large discount store such as Target.  You could easily find shoes, especially for kids, with Velcro closures, and it seemed to be everywhere.

It’s difficult for me to imagine the practice of occupational therapy in the early years of the profession, before the invention of Velcro.  What kept splints from falling off in the pre-Velcro era of OT?

These days Velcro as one of the main low-tech tools that occupational therapists use.  Few splints are Velcro-less.  Many of the adaptive devices that we use to liberate our patients in activities of daily living require Velcro such as utensil cuffs and adaptations for buttoning and other devices that need stabilizing that are easy to use and remove.  And Velcro can be cut to virtually any size and shape and it is relatively inexpensive, especially if purchased in larger quantities.

In our clinical settings, whether medical or school or someplace else, Velcro seems to be everywhere.  It is the perfect material to add resistance in different grades to most any therapeutic exercise such as a simple game of checkers.  Velcro and occupational therapy truly seems to be a match made in heaven,

I would enjoy hearing from occupational therapy practitioners about some of the creative ways that they have utilized Velcro.


Anyone?

One-handed Occupational Therapist on the Go


One-handed OT on the Go

Well, I’m wearing white shoes again.  No, I didn’t get a new job as a hospital OT.  I didn’t get a job anywhere.  The reality is that white was the only color shoes in my size that the Walmart near my house with Velcro closures and decent tread on the sole. 

I never was so excited to drive to Walmart this morning.  I’m not a big Walmart fan, nor do I enjoy driving.  But, if you have been following this blog, then you know that I broke the wrist of my dominant hand.  The plaster cast was removed after 4 weeks and 2 days from falling on ice, and this Walmart excursion was my maiden voyage behind the wheel.  I donned my removable wrist brace for a sense of security, and drove off, using as many side streets as I could to avoid traffic as much as possible.

To be honest, yesterday I did a short trial run with supervision.  My friend, a retired long time bus driver who has presumably trained other drivers, sat in the passenger seat of my Honda Civic, while I did a 15 minute or so drive around the neighborhood.  “Kevin” teased that I passed his driving test.  That gave me enough confidence to drive solo.

My recent experience with this fractured wrist has given me a new appreciation for the challenges that come with having a disability.  Though I still cannot open most containers, cut food, tie shoes, write legibly, use this computer with both hands, nor do various other activities of dialing living for eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming, it’s the lack of mobility that has caused a case of the blues to creep into my psyche since my icy mishap.

 Sure I have been able to take walk around the neighborhood most every day, and I have been able to get in and out of cars of generous neighbors and friends to go to doctor appointments, supermarkets, and other necessary errands.  But, for me, the freedom to be able to get in and out of my car and go where I want, when I want cannot be understated.

Many of the patients that we see in our clinical and community settings have had to give up driving, either temporarily or permanently, especially some of our older clients.  Not being able to drive is a huge sacrifice that can interfere with self-esteem and mood. 

As an occupational therapist of over 40 years, I have worked in a wide variety of setting.  But I have never been involved with driver evaluation or training for people with disabilities.  Those of you OTs who are working in that arena are doing a very valuable service to your patients, more than you might ever imagine.


I would be very eager to hear from readers about your experiences facilitating safe driving for your patients with disabilities, or even your personal experiences that kept you dependent for mobility within your community.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Daily Tasks Done One-Handed -- Prime Life Times

I welcome comments on my latest published article

in February issue of local newspaper, page 13

Prime Life Times

"Daily Tasks Done One-Handed".

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Beekeeping -- The Dollar Stretcher

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/17/17jan30e.cfm

"Beekeeping"

is my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com.

I welcome your comments.


Occupational Therapy for Dogs: Advance for OTs

http://community.advanceweb.com/blogs/ot_18/archive/2017/01/26/occupational-therapy-for-dogs.aspx

I welcome comments on my recently published article in

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

www.advanceweb.com

"Occupational Therapy for Dogs".

Monday, January 23, 2017

Reflections from a One-Handed OT -- Advance for OT Practitioners

I welcome your comments on my latest published article in

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

www.advanceweb.com

"Reflections from a One-Handed OT".

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home -- The Dollar Stretcher

"Getting Ready to Sell Your Home"

is my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com

I welcome your comments.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Aging in Place -- Advance for OTs

At www.advanceweb.com

you can read and comment on my article in

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

"Aging in Place"


Cut Rate Cruises -- The Dollar Stretcher

"Cut Rate Cruises"

is my latest published article in

The Dollar Stretcher

www.stretcher.com.

I welcome your comments.

Occupational Therapy for Daily Tasks -- Advance for OTs

I welcome comments on my article in

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

www.advanceweb.com

"Occupational Therapy for Daily Tasks".

Writing about Writing

  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 08/01, Magazine Writing Business
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 12/01, Writing Opportunities
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 01/16, Teaching Writing Classes
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 03/01, Query letters
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 04/01, Marketing Agent
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 05/06, New Markets
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Growing an Idea Bank
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Online Presence
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2016, 07/18, SEO-Friendly Writing

History, genealogy and research articles

  • Ancestry Magazine, September 2008, Still No Bill
  • Champaign County Historical Museum Newsletter, Summer 2007, House with a Life of its Own
  • Family Chronicle Magazine, Mar/Apr 2014, Canadian Jewish Genealogy
  • Grand Magazine, Nov 9, 2012, Genealogy with your Grandchildren
  • Inside Glenview Magazine, December 2013, Genealogy Glenview Style
  • Prime Life Times, November 2013, Getting Started in Genealogy
  • Untangling your Jewish Roots, on amazon.com

Writing for children or about children

  • Essay writing for a major national testing organization
  • Fun for Kidz Magazine, Friends with Disabilities, the visually impaired student at school, July 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Debbie's Secret Diary, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Letter Writing, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Mothers & Daughters, Mar 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Nursing Grandchild, Apr 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Poem for my Grandson, Feb 27, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Safety at Grandma's, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Volunteering, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Bullying, Jan 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Children's Museums: Jan, 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Creative Writing w/your Grandchildren, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Don't let your Grandchild Make you Sick, June 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Central Illinois w/Grandkids, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun things to do at Grandma's, June 4, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Genealogy with your Grandchildren, November 9, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Gift that keeps on Giving, June 26, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Girls Just Want to Have Funds, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Grand Times at the Public Library, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Homespun Activities w/your Grandchild, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: School Pictures, Jan 4, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Substitute teaching, Feb, 20, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Vegetarian Grandchidlren, July 13, 2012
  • on amazon.com: Creative Writing Class for Children

Therapy publications by Debra Karplus

  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2004, 09/06, OT Bedside Manner Could Use Improvement
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/16, OT: Then & Now
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/20, Why Occupational Therapy?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/27, Yoga & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/04, Wheelchair Wonders
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/10, Home visit safety
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/17, Cursive writing
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/21, Grandmotherly advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/28, Mainstreaming for Special Ed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/10, Disability Etiquette
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/17, Equestrian Therapy
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/24, Advertising OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/31, Lessons Learned
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/08, President with a Disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/14, Wheelchair Evolution
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/21, Favorite Patients
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/28, Rural OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/05, Bipolar Disorder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/12, Splints
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/19, Willard and Spackman
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/27, Industrial Evaluations,
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/02, Presentations to Students
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/09, Insurance rules!
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/12, Working vacation for OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/16, Drivers Ed and OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/23, Male OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/30, Recruiters
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/07, Tattoos
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/14, Eleanor Clarke Slagle
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/21, The ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/28, PhD in OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/04, Handicapped parking
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/11, Squeamish OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/18, Gardening (tomatoes)
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/25, Manual Muscle Test
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/02, Medical Marijuana
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/08, Defining OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/15, Dress code
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/22, OT training?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/29, Travelling OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/06, ADHD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/13, Stigma of Little School Bus
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/20, Malpractice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/27, Disability Resource Expo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/03, Voting & disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/10, PRN work & holidays
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/17, Staying well at work
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/24, Service Dogs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 03/18, Confidentiality
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 04/09, Disability & Mr Magoo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/19, OT and Wii
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/26, COPD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/16, Singing & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/23, Father's Day reminder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/30, Online OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/07, Choose health career & debt
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/13, Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/20, Backpacks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/28, Fishing & ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/04, Give credit
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/10, Getting along
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/17, Mindfulness
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/26, Aquatics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/31, Fall prevention
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/09, Mom's advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/16, Respecting disabled
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/22, Laughter Yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/30, Bike helmets
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/16, Joint pain & baby boomers
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/27, Helmets for falls
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/30, ALS eliminated
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 11/10, Wheelchair sports
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/12, English Learners
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/18, Therapy on wheels
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/26, Body mechanics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/01, Chair yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/08, Stroke & memory
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/17, Spinal stenosis
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/22, Explaining disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 03/03, Health fairs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/05, OT for daily tasks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/09, Aging in place
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/20, Reflections one-handed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/26, Dog OT
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1994, Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June, 1989, Activites Handbook and Instructor's Guide
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1994, ADL Evaluations in Long Term Care Facilities
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with ADHD
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with Asperger Syndrome
  • Grand Magazine, May 11, 2012, Your Grandchild with a Physical Disability
  • Grand Magazine, November 12, 2012, Grandchild with Developmental Disability
  • Grand Magazine, October 8, 2012, Your Grandchild & Special Education
  • Item writing for a therapy testing organization
  • Journal of Rehabilitation, July 1994, Invaluable Guide to Life after Stroke
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, April 3,1989, Wheelchair Accessibility
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, July 22,1994, Psychosocial Impact of Stroke on the Family
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, May 29,1989, The Self-Employed Occupational Therapist
  • Prime Life Times, 2014, 03, Working with an OT
  • Prime Life Times, 2016, 03, Bathroom Safety at Home
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 02, Tasks One-handed
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 05, Aging in Place
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 06, Preparing for Hip Surgery
  • The Therapist in Business: an Introduction to Private Practice, a book published by Cross Country, 2005
  • writer for National Board Certifying Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)

Family, home and lifestyle articles by Debra Karplus or Lee Doppelt

  • Amazon.com, Finding Free Firewood
  • Back Home Magazine, November 2008, Scavenge for Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2009, 09, Your Kitchen: a Food Factory
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 02, Food plus Family plus Friends
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 03, Avoiding Layoffs
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 04, Benefits of Volunteering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 09, Free Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 10, Dumpster Diving with Panache
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 11, Home Safe Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 12, Bartering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 01,Those Who Can,Teach
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 02, Tots & Tools
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 03, IRA or Roth
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 04, Resale Shops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 05, Get Paid for Research
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 06, Roadside Assistance Plans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 08, Managing your Banking
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 09, Cutting Back on Tree Trimming
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 10, Should You Be Alarmed?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Non-Traditional Housing
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