The Project

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.

Want to get involved? Find out how.

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6 thoughts on “The Project

    • Thanks John. Great that you’ve found us. At this stage were not seeking any funding. The project team is giving their time free of cost. We’ll bear your suggestion in mind if funds are required in the future. If there’s any further information you’d like about kidstrokemotion, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    • Thanks very much Amy. We appreciate you taking a look at what we’re doing. If you come across and stroke survivor parents we’d love you to share kidstrokemotion with them. Best wishes.

  1. I have often worried about how my stroke affected my niece. She was 12 the day of my stroke. I know it really bothered her she continued to talk about it and in a light hearted way say to me many times…”no more stokes Aunt Celeste.” It’s very upsetting for children.

    • Hi Celeste. Thanks for your comment. We agree. Stroke of a close family member can be very upsetting and distressing for children. We’re glad your niece was able to verbalise her feelings. May your niece’s wish for you come true.

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