Sometimes people hurt Austin's feelings but he hurts peoples' feelings as well but really does not understand why. The answer, no filter.
Austin says whatever comes into his head. He really speaks his mind about everything. It is nice to know that he will tell you pretty much anything but sometimes it really can be inappropriate. Try going shopping and when there is a line he always blurts out "OH COME ON!!!" "We are going to be here FOREVER!" You should see the look on peoples faces. The first time it happened, I actually laughed because it caught me so off guard. I always turn to Austin and say "That is not very polite and not appropriate, we must have patience." He will say he is sorry but pout for a minute or two. He eventually gets over it, but he will do it again the next time we go and the next ...
At school, there is a girl he does not like at all. She has done somethings to upset him and well, he does not like her. This is really new for Austin because he has always been very easy going and played with whoever would want to play. Now, he is starting to get the social dynamic. Oh my, it has not been an easy year but he has progressed and learnt so much! He is doing so well! Very proud of him! The problem is, if he is put together with this girl he protests and says "I do not like her!" He does not want to be paired up with her and has no problem saying this right to this poor girl. I have been notified that he protests when he does not want to work with someone or in a group. I have told Austin, when someone does something to hurt his feelings, he does not like it, then he should be careful not to hurt someone else's feelings too. It takes a bit to get him to understand and I hope that he will choose his words more carefully. He does not think there is anything wrong with expressing how he feels about someone. It is a challenge to convince him otherwise and explain that he should try putting himself in that person's shoes. I still have to be careful how I phrase things since he wants to know how it will help to wear their shoes! Never a dull moment!
*HUGS* All the best!