The missing filter

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With Gavin being home again after 7 months of staying with his grandparents, one thing is for certain, he has no filter.

The filter thing was a problem before but it’s definitely a problem now. 

The filter I’m referring to, is the thing that stops him from saying every single thing that pops into his head. I’m pretty sure this is a relatively common Aspie trait.

Although, in Gavin’s case, it’s the things that end up coming out of his mouth that’s the real problem….and of course the fact that his little brothers are right there to hear it doesn’t help either.

How many of you experience this missing filter issue?


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Hi Rob, This still happens to me at 46, not as much as it did as a youngun. Dad tried to teach me to think before I spoke. Yeah right, like that was ever going to happen. What I find surprising and I guess I shouldn’t is that it continues to happen. At least now I have the wisdom of age to fall back on as I realise if I don’t say what comes to mind it could be important (even though I know in my mind it is not) and if I don’t say it I feel as if… Read more »


andrewbromley thanks.  That was a really really, very insightful. 🙂


There has been several times were I may say something a bit to far but got back on track, but with Gavin it may be he was not keeping up with the habit of filtering what he says in turn he slip back in to doing it.  Like for example when I moved back in 2009 to an area that only had Dial-up and no broadband and I couldn’t do Ventrilo”Voice over Internet” to talk to other people for over 2 years, I started stuttering again a month after I moved. So when that happen it came undone and I… Read more »


AMDuser that’s a really good explanation.  Thank you 🙂