Social Behavior Mapping is a system developed from the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, who coined the phrase “social thinking.” This strategy helps a person to understand how their behavior is linked with the consequences that follow (good or bad). We cannot assume that a student understands how his behavior is linked to the consequences that follow, or that he understands how his behavior affects the perspective of fellow students or colleagues. The maps are used to explain to the person what is happening with the people around him (e.g. getting offended) when he exhibits different behavior (e.g. laughter).
When someone gets hurt or is talking about a painful event, my son often laughs. He has had this inappropriate nervous laughter since he was young, but it has become an issue in the work environment. He is 22 years old. This has offended others. He explains that he is nervous and can’t control it, but would really like some help finding a workable solution. Is there anything I can share with him that may help?