There are a wide variety of art and craft project you can choose when working with handicapped people. It is important to make sure the craft is appropriate for each person's individual disability. These art and craft projects are well suited for individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities.
There are many things you can use to make beaded jewelry, depending on the level of fine motor skills the handicapped person you are working with has. Collect either large or small beads, foam beads, washers, cereal like Cheerios or other dry food items like macaroni noodles. Depending on the materials you are using for beads, you can use either kite string, fishing line or yarn to string the beads.
Collect a variety of pictures of the handicapped individual's family and friends. Buy or cut a small piece of poster board to use as the background. Allow the individual to arrange the pictures on the poster board and then use acid-free glue stick to attach the pictures to the poster board.
You can hang the poster board directly on the wall or frame it and hang it on the wall.
Painting is a good craft regardless of the individual's physical abilities. Collect a nice selection of paint colors. Buy a paintbrush with a handle large or thick enough that it can be easily grasped and a piece of canvas to paint on, which can be purchased at any craft store.
Give the individuals you are working with an idea or picture to try to paint, or just let them paint anything they feel like painting. When they are done, help them to get the paints cleaned up and put away.
- Sara Hartmann, Qualified Mental Retardation Professional, Kiononia Homes Inc., Cleveland
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