Motivation In - School - Life - Indpendence

Keeping Kids Motivated Isn't Always Easy

It's not easy staying motivated at any any age. As adults, we often try to accomplish goals that we have a hard time sticking to, perhaps losing weight, starting a new workout routine, quitting smoking or planning to run a marathon. It can and is often hard for adults to stay motivated and keep their eye on the prize, but as adults we know it's possible for us to achieve our goals even if we're not successful the first few times.

Keeping kids motivated however, is a whole different ball game. Parents often result to a reward based system to keep their kids focused on what needs to be done, from cleaning their room to doing chores around the house to doing well in school. Often, motivation is the reason kids do well and also, the opposite, without someone in their corner, cheering them  on and keeping them focused and motivated to be their best, kids can fail in school and are less likely to have a set of future goals.

Motivation is an essential tool for employers also. They use a plethora of enticing motivational techniques in recruiting employees, some companies offer desk-side massages, napping-nooks, open kitchens, full benefit packages and casual dress down days, all to motivate new employees to come work for them and to keep existing employees motivated to stay and work harder.

Some form of motivation is used by most people to achieve desired results or behaviors from others, adults and kids alike and that is also true for kids with disabilities, be it from pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy or other brain injury effect or any disability, many who have spent a lifetime receiving rehabilitative therapies, being shuffled from doctor appointment to doctor appointment, often struggling with who they are, who they want to be and who they think they will be, their future goals often limited by other's expectations of what they can do, where they can go and how they'll get there.

As children with disabilities grow up and enter middle and high schools, it's harder to keep them motivated to continue their therapies for many reasons, they often interfere with their academics and many kids are already struggling to keep-up, or because they're trying to fit-in and lets face it, time consuming therapy sessions don't leave a lot of leisure time for older kids to socialize, or because they're made fun of by other kids.  

It's also difficult to keep kids with disabilities motivated to do well in school or to continue on to college when they don't see much of a future for themselves, because let's face it, as far as we've come as a society, people with disabilities still don't have equal access or opportunity in the workforce, either because of lack of accessibility, lack of employers willing to hire people with disabilities or because they lack the higher education credentials to apply. 

Achieving an independent life, for most kids with disabilities seems a daunting to impossible task, often due to lack of assistive support technologies and equipment to make independence possible, so they can achieve a higher education level comparable to their non-disabled peers.

According to The National Center For Education Statistics the total percentage of student with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate studies during the 2011-2012 school year was 11% compared to their non-disabled peers whose rate of enrollment in undergraduate studies was 89%.

So, when we say we will keep kids motivated, we mean it. Not just toddlers and young children, but also and equally important, adolescents and teens because they need to know their futures have possibilities and we want to make them possible.

  • Julianna Rose Children's Foundation will keep kids motivated to achieve their very best in all ways; with continued necessary therapies, socially, academically and in their daily lives, through college and beyond 
  • We will motivate kids to work hard, do well in school and set and achieve goals by providing them opportunities to help themselves and others.
  • We will encourage them to become part of the Julianna Rose Children’s Foundation Centers, at all levels, from volunteer child ambassadors and teen spokespeople and peer tutors to paid adult counselors, therapists, tutors, administrators and executive board members and returning professionals to hold their own workshops and motivational speaking events.
  • Knowing they can become part of our organization, as both paid career employees and/or volunteers, will keep them motivated to continue their often life long rehabilitation therapy, meet their academic goals and become viable members of any organization, in any profession, they choose.
  • We will help them make the school-career connection very early-on and plan community activities to emphasize real-world connections to academics. 
  • We will set high expectations to show each child that hard work is rewarded; even for kids with disabilities because kids who believe effort and achievement go together perform better academically
  •  We  will utilize the newest technologies; robotics, computers, adaptive technology and devices, AI., apps, therapy equipment and durable medical equipment, to help children with disabilities achieve not just their therapy goals but also long-term independence 
  • We will be their cheering and support center offering praise and encouragement and provide them with the tools they need to achieve success - their way.

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