According to Dell, Newton, and Petroff, there are five ways in which an individual can overcome learned helplessness (2012). They include the following:
- "Build a daily expectation of communication through specific activities such as choosing the activity during recess, picking a book to read, or identifying where to eat lunch.
- Construct a brief daily report to parents that is communicated by the student.
- Allow natural consequences to occur and provide avenues for repair. This includes setups that alter the environment to provide less support or sabotage.
- Provide for choice making whenever possible that requires the student to use his or her augmentative communication system.
- Provide powerful phrases on the device for students to reject or protest something" (2012).
I think these tips are great and can help many professionals have a better understanding of how to help their students become more independent, rather than always depending on a peer or an adult for assistance.
Dell, A.G., Newton, D.A., Petroff, J. G. (2012). Assistive Technology in the Classroom; Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities. 2nd Edition.