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My formerly active friend suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed on one side, and bedridden in a nursing home. Her dominant hand is unaffected, the other one has very little strength or movement. She found a crochet project too difficult to hold. Bead and paper crafts could be too messy or too hard to manage.

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I would appreciate knowing how other people have been creative in similar circumstances. I could buy her a spiral notebook and suggest she write short stories about all sorts of memories from different stages of her life, even about her present situation. This could eventually go to her children and grandchildren so they could get to know her background.

By Endee Mac

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August 21, 20141 found this helpful

If she is artistic, you can suggest she paints or draws. She might also read books for the blind. If she loves books and her voice isn't affected too much, that is a grand way to give back. I hope these ideas helped.

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August 22, 20140 found this helpful

I understand my students have different kinds of diabilties and yes I do have to modify their crafts. Here is one I think you will enjoy. You will need a new roll of toilet paper, one fat quarter of material (any color or print), some rafti, a 12" rectagle of some type of green fabric printed or not, one brown lunch sack.

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OK here it is. Open the fat quarter and set the tp in the middle. Then take one corner and stuff into the tp roll. do it again until u get all corners in. Now take your green and lay it across the top of tp but use one finger and push in just a bit. Now put a bit of rafi on top of the green, do the same like the green one.

Now for the last thing take the lunch sack fold in half (hotdog style) fold again. Now put one end in your mouth and bite down while the other end is in your hand and twist and twist. When you get it twisted fold in half and put the open end into the tp roll just like you did before.

Dada you now have a pumpkin. You can make one for any holiday as decorations or as a holder for a spare roll of tp. After you make them they are to cute to tear apart. One student took his home (who has cp). He told his mom look what I made. Mom wasn't sure that he did it, so he took it apart and put it all back together. Lets just say it was a magic moment she will never forget. Enjoy.

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February 28, 20160 found this helpful

Would you please post a photo of the completed project? It would be especially helpful for visual learners. Thanks

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March 31, 20160 found this helpful

I was incredibly crafty but also lost the use of one half of my body. I found that I could use knitting looms like the kniffty knitter and the like, they make all kinds even ones specifically for socks. But I will advise that the bigger "heavier"ones are the easiest to work with because they will stay on my lap better (even without holding it) which is important because obviously ,I can only use one hand and I need it to hold the tool.

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The knitting looms can make all kinds of things and you aren't limited to scarves and tubes

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October 21, 20160 found this helpful

I have the same problem is y doing sequin art but be a bit difficult for her and good luck I hope you find something

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

Hello my name is liz i also had a stroke and am now paralysed on one side pre stroke i used to bead threading now with one hand as much as i try its too frustrating so still wanting to be creative i came up with this glueing glass cabachons onto bracelet blanks i use a cork board and pin down the blank bracelet then glue on the cabs they make great gifts for family and friends who appreciated you as a person pre stroke and all new friends who appreciate you now post stroke i

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Btw i am a stroke survivor
L would like to stay in contact and see how you get on also you or myself may come up with other useful ideas i never stop trying

Lizallvar@hotmail.com

Sincerely
Liz

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