Alignment with Intrinsic Motivations
Between the ages of 14-18, teens start thinking about leading an independent life away from home at college or work. We are likely to get positive outcomes if we piggyback the transition of care management responsibilities with an existing goal or intrinsic motivation they have.
Role Models & Success Stories
Chronically-ill teenagers don’t have access to positive role models they can relate to, for example, college students who have learned to manage their condition & are now doing well in the “real world” away from home.
Many in the target user group are not used to talking about their disease openly or accurately, and having someone to look up to maybe really valuable.
A Cohesive Family Unit
“Whenever we come up with a plan for enhancing a child’s abilities, it is important that the parent and child work together as a cohesive unit to achieve a shared goal. We must be careful to not pit the child and parents against each other in such situations to avoid” – Maya (Inspriring Middle School Teacher)
Speaking their language
“I’ve had success in engaging teens in class by incorporating memes, gifs, comic strips, and other pop-culture artifacts into learning materials. Even if we don’t hit the mark 100% of the time with our pseudo-youthful vibes, they appreciate the effort and find it amusing at the very least.” – Maya (Inspriring Middle School Teacher)