Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Knowing The Difference
Ronnie loves the Three Stooges. He loves anything where people fall down, trip, get hit, stumble, etc. He will burst out laughing whenever he sees that on TV or in person.
One of our favorite interpreters told me that such is common among people who are Deaf. She said that almost every Deaf person she has ever known finds physical acts such as those very funny.
I get it but there are some times that Ronnie's laughing seems really inappropriate.
Falls are not always meant to illicit laughs. Stumbles are often accidents and the person doing the stumbling doesn't like being laughed at. A person fainting usually finds nothing funny about their situation. But it seems Ronnie can't tell the difference sometimes - or at least he isn't distinguishing when it is appropriate to laugh and when it's not.
I have often corrected him when his laughter isn't appropriate, but he seems hurt when I do that. (I don't do it in front of anyone.) I'm really not sure he is getting the message.
How do I help him distingush a pratfall from an embarrassing or hurtful fall? Any suggestions?