Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 38, Issue 10, pp 1982–1988

Brief Report: Narratives of Personal Events in Children with Autism and Developmental Language Disorders: Unshared Memories

Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-008-0588-0

Cite this article as:
Goldman, S. J Autism Dev Disord (2008) 38: 1982. doi:10.1007/s10803-008-0588-0


Narrative analysis of personal events provides an opportunity for identifying autism specific issues related to language and social impairments. Eight personal events were elicited from three groups of schoolage children: 14 high-functioning with Autism Spectrum Disorders (HFA), 12 non-autistic with developmental language disorders (DLD), and 12 typically developing matched for chronological age and non-verbal IQ. The coding focused on narrative format (constituents) and style (coherence). The analyses indicate basic knowledge of conventional narrative format in all groups but a consistent lack of high-point in HFA children’s stories interpreted as a consequence of their lack of social understanding of narrative. The results suggest novel interventions to foster autobiographical memory in HFA children which may assist in their self-awareness development.


Autism Language disorders Narratives Personal stories Schoolage children 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology Program, Graduate CenterThe City Univeristy of New YorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology and Rose F Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human DevelopmentAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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