Very often, even the most interested, educated people cannot find and formulate motivation for themselves to do something. What can we say about children, for whom training, sports activities and monotonous daily exercises without bright quick results sometimes turn into torture. And for children with special needs - in hard, exhausting work.
Motivation begins with the thought that when we achieve a goal, we will feel good or stop feeling uncomfortable. But how do you explain this to children?
Recently, our project manager Nikiforos returned from Tyumen, where we are implementing a joint project with the Tyumen Mountaineering Federation on adaptive climbing “I can!”.
The trainers shared with Nikiforos that one of the biggest difficulties in the implementation of any project is motivation. Usually children do not have it, why should they climb the wall every day?
And only an integrated approach, as well as teamwork of coaches and parents, helps to find the right words and jointly move the child towards the goal.
Showing and maintaining interest, leading by example, praise, going out or watching competitions together, setting small goals, and rewards are just a few of these measures.
“I was surprised by the story of a boy named Alexander,” says Nikiforos. - For him, motivation is a monetary bonus, which he receives if he completed all the tasks correctly. Further, parents teach him to manage his money and thereby develop independence. Alexander himself goes to the store and to school. I also promised him a bonus if he gets up the fastest, and what came of it, you can see on the video.
At the moment, more than 60 children and more than 15 coaches are involved in the project.
The adaptive climbing team consists of true professionals. Coaches and instructors conduct very productive and important seminars, they, together with parents, act as a motivator and mentor for children. Parents are very satisfied with the work of the trainers and thanks to this, the number of participants in the project is increasing.
Recall that the project "I can!" is a set of measures to increase the accessibility of adaptive climbing for children and adolescents with disabilities and their parents, as well as to train specialists and mentors for further implementation and scaling of the project.