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J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Jun;45(6):1751-65. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2335-z.

Sketching to remember: episodic free recall task support for child witnesses and victims with autism spectrum disorder.

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Department of Psychology, University of Chester, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK,


Deficits in episodic free-recall memory performance have been reported in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet best practice dictates that child witness/victim interviews commence with a free-recall account. No 'tools' exist to support children with ASD to freely recall episodic information. Here, the efficacy of a novel retrieval technique, Sketch reinstatement of context (Sketch-RC), is compared with mental reinstatement of context and a no support control. Ninety children (45 with ASD; 45 matched typically developing) viewed a stimulus film, and were interviewed using one of the aforementioned techniques. The Sketch-RC technique was most effective, improving ASD participants' remembering without a concomitant increase in intrusions. This procedure offers a population-appropriate method for supporting free recall in criminal justice settings.

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