Social Behavior Mapping is a technique developed by Michelle Garcia Winner. Ms. Winner has written and presented on a number of fabulous ideas for working with children with Autism and other Social-Cognitive difficulties. The mapping technique is based on the principle that what you do has an effect on others around you, which in turn effects you. Many children with Social-Cognitive difficulties have a very difficult time relating their own actions to the consequences. For example, a child may not understand that their time out was a result of pushing several students out of the way when rushing to the book bin. Alternately, they may not understand that a positive consequence may result from using kind words or actions.
Within a small group, I helped develop the following map of the expected behavior of “compliments”. We then chose one item from each column to talk about the sequence of events. When I start with a nice word to another, I end up happy.
For more of Ms. Garcia’s ideas, visit her website at www.socialthinking.com