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« on: September 05, 2008 09:12:06 PM »

I teach adults who have been injured at work. My classroom is definitely not the norm in terms of what "should" be in there and what "should" be taught!!! I have been searching for simple and useful crafts for my students to do as another way of pain management. There is always a lot of laughter going on but sometimes even laughter is irritating to them. We have coloured small mandalas with crayons, put oil on the finished product and attached them to the windows. We also made rice bags out of fabric samples which were a huge hit. One woman put herbs from her garden in her bag. It is just so funny having these big tough guys coming over to my classroom asking if they can borrow the crayons or markers!!! Are there books out there, websites, occupational therapists who can recommend crafts, personal experiences.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008 11:39:24 PM »

Depending on the disabilities you could do things with flubber/play-doh/clay/polymer clay. I have rheumatoid arthritis and try to keep my fingers moving and often it helps to work with some kind of dough/clay. Depending on dexterity you could add in crochet or knitting. At my mom's work (outpatient mental health) they do a lot of collage work, all you need are paper, magazines, and modpodge, it's great for a physical and mental outlet. All kinds of paper crafts, including cardmaking and scrapbooking might work. In college I worked as a grammar tutor and worked with a lot of people that were getting their Master's degree in Occupational or Art Therapy and they did all kinds of painting/coloring/drawing but of course I can't remember the specific topic starters!
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008 11:44:30 AM »

speaking of knitting, there is an article on knifty knitting (knitting done on a knitting board instead of needles) for someone with one hand on the latest issue of loom knitters circle:
I don't know if that is something you could use in your room but perhaps?
the knifty knitters are supposed to be a lot easier to use if you have hand issues of any sort. But I don't know for sure. I know my grandmother has arthritis and can use hers for a lot longer than she can knit or crochet.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2009 01:07:04 PM »

Hi! I know this thread is old, but I just happened to find it now Smiley Don't even know if you're still looking, but ah well.

Some of the ideas that came up when I asked for crafts to do with the mentally ill adults I work with could work with your group too! (A lot of our "tenants" have some physical issues as well). Here's the link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249308.0

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