Neil C has been focussed on creating initiatives that encourage motivation at Nanaimo Supportive Lifestyles.
Academic research has found that people with cognitive disabilities have a greater challenge motivating themselves than people without disabilities while also participating in more sedentary activities such as watching TV. People with cognitive disabilities often times have difficulty learning from verbal instruction. The research recommends altering the techniques toward using more visual and more kinaesthetic (learn by doing) instructions.
Neil's mission is to do exactly that - find ways that help to motivate our clientel. Using initiatives like Tractivity, our computerized distance/step/time tracking initiative, Clients can visualize how far they have gone each day, month, year. They can enter friendly competitions such as men vs. women and co-operatively work together to cross Canada (Our first attempt took 110 days with 19 people participating).
myLifeStyle is another initiative undertaken to encourage our clientèle to make goals and work hard to attain them. In order to gain a myLifeStyle tshirt, clients must set an achievable goal and work to attain it. Upon the completion of the goal, they gain a customized "myLifeStyle:" tshirt with their own tag line (such as "Runner") and a biography much like the one you are currently reading describing their accomplishment.