Active Support Increases Client Engagement and Decreases Stereotypical Behaviour, New Study Finds
To engage adults even with the most severe intellectual disability more in their daily lives, MINDS has piloted Project Engage, which employs the principles of Active Support. Clients are given opportunities to engage in a host of meaningful activities alongside other people, develop new skills and connect with fellow peers – as part and parcel of any other ordinary life. This approach not only empowers the clients to take an active part in their own lives, it also promotes independence.
The new study conducted by MINDS’ research arm, MINDS Institute, finds that the group of adults who are engaged using the principles of Active Support saw significantly higher activity engagement, higher staff engagement and decreased stereotypical behaviours.