No evidence against sketch reinstatement of context, verbal labels or the use of registered intermediaries for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: response to Henry et al. (2017)

Coral Dando, Thomas Ormerod, Penny Cooper, Ruth Marchant, Michelle Mattison, Becky Milne, Ray Bull

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Abstract

Recently, Henry et al. (2017) found no evidence for the use of Verbal labels, Sketch Reinstatement of Context and Registered Intermediaries by forensic practitioners when interviewing children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. We consider their claims, noting the limited ecological validity of the experimental paradigm, the impacts of repeated interviewing where retrieval support is not provided at first retrieval, question the interviewer/intermediary training and their population relevant experience, and comment on the suppression of population variances. We submit that rejecting these techniques on the basis of this study is completely unwarranted and potentially damaging, particularly if used in legal proceedings to undermine the value of testimony from children with ASD, who continually struggle to gain access to justice.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date13 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online - 13 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • witnesses and victims
  • Sketch Reinistatement of Context
  • verbal labels
  • registered intermediaries
  • investigative interview

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