Comic strip can be found here: http://dennisthemenace.com/comics/february-5-2009/
Did Dennis say these things because he was young or because he lacked the filter or social skills that most neuro-typical people have. He said it because he lacked the filter which stops most of us from saying something that might hurt another’s feelings or it is something we might later regret having said.
Even at sixteen years old the maiden repeats things innocently enough, but innocent or not, they are not appropriate for the situation. For me it means awkward silences and embarrassed pauses. For her, she loses potential friends because they do not understand she doesn’t say things on purpose or to be mean. She says them because she is thinking them and does not have the impulse control or filter the neuro-typical person has.
Just this week I noticed she was on the list as not needing bus transportation for school. I told her not to say anything to the bus driver until I spoke to the school to correct it. You can see where I am going with this? The very next morning she asked the driver if she was on his list. Luckily she was.
Not a big deal this time. And there really isn’t a lot I say or do that would be embarrassing … But there are words or actions that are not intended for public display. In the life of FASD however everything is fair game.