What is Learned Helplessness and how can we prevent it?

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What is Learned Helplessness and how can we prevent it?

Connor Yourkavitch & Julie Marston & Jackie Morell

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Learning Objective: I will understand the long-term effects of Learned Helplessness and come up with ways that I can prevent it in my own classroom.

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What is Learned Helplessness?

Adaptive response Persistent feeling A belief that is developed or learned

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What is Learned Helplessness?

Activity Get out a piece of paper Distribute worksheets Solve the first anagram. Raise your hand when you are done! Do the same for the 2nd and 3rd word.

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Activity Reflection

List 1 1- bat 2- melon 3- cinerama

List 2 1- whirl 2- banana 3- cinerama

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Who would do this?

Good intentions Unaware of the permanent implications

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The Stats Don’t Lie

Increased unemployment High percentage of illiteracy Low graduation rate Increased poverty

Blind Statistics . National Federation for the Blind. (2018, January). https:// nfb.org /resources/blindness-statistics.

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Who responsible for preventing learned helplessness?

Everyone on the team! Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) Classroom Teachers Paraprofessionals All school staff can help prevent learned helplessness Arrival and dismissal staff Lunch staff Custodians

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What are WE doing to help?

Allow students the opportunity to independently travel as appropriate Class to class Around the classroom Skills that promote self advocacy Ensure students are asking for help prior to providing assistance Teach them to keep trying

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What tools are WE using for Independence?

Video Citation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL8PtuVIkIM&t=1s

The white cane is an important tool and a symbol of independence for people around the world who are blind or visually impaired. This video is the third installment of our video series dedicated to the White Cane. Michael Mulligan works for Future in Sight as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist and is sharing his experience with us in this video series.

The white cane is an important tool and a symbol of independence for people around the world who are blind or visually impaired. This video is the third installment of our video series dedicated to the White Cane. Michael Mulligan works for Future in Sight as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist and is sharing his experience with us in this video series.

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What can YOU do to help?

Staff are with students the most Why should you care? Classroom Supports Promote Independence Relatable role models Celebrate milestones Communicate with the team

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What can YOU do to help?

Learned Optimism

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Mindset Principles

I am thankful for the opportunity to wrestle. (Never take for granted your healthy mind and body) I am aggressive and relentless. (The best wrestlers take the most chances and keep going and going.)

3. I have NO fear of losing or making mistakes. 4. I never ever give up. Redefine success as never ever giving up

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What can YOU do to help?

Positive language I am thankful for the opportunity to learn I will always give it my all I am not afraid to be wrong or make mistakes I will never give up

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What can YOU do to help?

Positive language I am thankful for the opportunity to learn I will always give it my all I am not afraid to be wrong or make mistakes I will never give up

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Example

Student: 6th grade academic student with tunnel vision Setting: Cafeteria Problem: Paraprofessional gets student’s food, helps her find food on plate, pick up anything dropped, and clean up area What staff can be utilized to prevent LH? What are some ways to combat learned helplessness?

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What have I learned?

How and why Learned Helplessness develops The long-term implications Ways I can promote independence

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References

Blind Statistics . National Federation for the Blind. (2018, January). https:// nfb.org /resources/blindness-statistics. Hiroto , D. S., & Seligman, M. E. (1975). Generality of learned helplessness in man. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31 (2), 311–327. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0076270 Promoting Independence: 19 Ways to Step Back . Perkins eLearning. (2019, August 20). https:// www.perkinselearning.org /transition/blog/ promoting-independence-19-ways-step-back. The White Cane - A Symbol of Independence . (2020, August 5). YouTube. https:// www.youtube.com / watch?v =AL8PtuVIkIM&t=1s.

Blind Statistics . National Federation for the Blind. (2018, January). https:// nfb.org /resources/blindness-statistics. Hiroto , D. S., & Seligman, M. E. (1975). Generality of learned helplessness in man. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31 (2), 311–327. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0076270 Promoting Independence: 19 Ways to Step Back . Perkins eLearning. (2019, August 20). https:// www.perkinselearning.org /transition/blog/ promoting-independence-19-ways-step-back. The White Cane - A Symbol of Independence . (2020, August 5). YouTube. https:// www.youtube.com / watch?v =AL8PtuVIkIM&t=1s.

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