Thursday, April 11, 2013

Strategies for teachers to overcome "Learned Helplessness"

The post below contains information found in Chapter 12 of the textbook (found in the references section below) the post reviews strategies to help students overcome "learned helplessness."

3. Strategies for teachers to overcome "Learned Helplessness"

  • Construct a brief daily report to parents that is communicated by the child
  • Provide choice making whenever possible that requires use of augmentative communication system.
  • Allow natural consequences to occur and provide approaches to repair. 
  • Have daily expectations of communication through specific activities such as choosing an activity during recess, choosing a book or picking where to eat for lunch.
  • Use powerful phrases on the device for the student to reject or protest something.  

What is learned helplessness? This is a psychological state or feeling or an individual feels powerless to to change their self or situation.  Some characteristics of this are decreased motivation, failure to learn, negative emotions.  Click on the link to learn more:

Dell, A., Newton, D., & Petroff, J. (2012). Assistive technology in the classroom. (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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