A parent’s stroke is a major event in a child’s life and can have a lasting effect on their emotional wellbeing. The child may experience confusion, fear, shock, worry, embarrassment, anger, loss, guilt, frustration, resentment, neglect, sadness, loneliness and isolation. These responses are often overlooked by parents, or don’t become apparent for some time.
There are many resources to help explain a stroke to a child, but there are none to help them understand the range of emotions they may be feeling.
That’s why we’re creating kidstrokemotion – an animated film about stroke created by children, for children.
kidstrokemotion collects drawings and personal stories from children of stroke survivors so we can turn them into a kid-focused animation and resource for healing.
kidstrokemotion aims to:
- Give a voice to children of stroke survivors.
- Create a resource to help children whose parent had a stroke.
- Be child-focused – allowing children to talk about their own experiences.
- Help children to have their feelings validated and understand that they are not alone.
- Help adults gain insight into the emotional responses of children.
- Be suitable for children of all ages.
- Be freely available and easily accessed.
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