Years ago, my occupational therapists would say I was using my affected arm and hand during my therapy sessions. However, my therapists were actually using facilitated communication to help me use my affected arm and hand.
Medicare insurance paid for a S****Retch. What a disappointment! My unaffected hand did 99.99% of the work with the S****Retch and my affected hand did 0.01% of the work.
Basically, I tried to extend my affected hand but the S****Retch did not help. Its hard shell was made of plastic.
I was ready to give up.
My preschool daughters were playing with Fisher-Price People. I could do that, I thought. Placing my affected hand on the dinner table, with my thumb nestled inside my fist, I pushed the Fisher-Price farmer to the other side of the table! Hooray!
And, I do it 15 times every day.
During, now, (2017-2022), I can carry the Fisher-Price people (and other objects) with an affected fingers and thumb TWELVE FEET and drop them in a hoop, measuring 3″ x 3″, from a height measuring one foot or toss them with my nimble fingers!