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acorn2003
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Hi, our nine year old son is the same, he blurts out every thought in his head, inappropriate or not. It’s compounded by his high functioning ASD. It has caused some very awkward situations. But we have found a wonderful app called Everyday Speech which teaches children about social skills by modelling the behavior. There are many wonderful videos, including one called “Think It, Don’t Say It!” which teaches children and young people about self regulation when it comes to expressing thoughts. We all have nutty ideas from time to time. Imagine if we were to all blurt out all of the crazy thoughts that crossed our minds. We would all get arrested. But it is important to teach children about appropriate expressions. For example, if I sense that our son is about to ask us one of those inappropriate questions or express and inappropriate thought, I say “Wait… before you say what you were going to say, is it going to hurt someone’s feelings or make somebody feel uncomfortable?” We have established that comments about other peoples bodies or body parts are off limits. As each inappropriate comment comes up with your son, you can create categories (use a visual if you have to) and make examples for topics that are off limits. Good luck! It takes a while but we have had much success with the “Think It, Don’t Say It” mantra! And do check out the Everyday Speech App!