Response to ‘No Evidence Against Sketch Reinstatement of Context, Verbal Labels or Registered Intermediaries’
Dando and colleagues’ letter regarding our recently published paper (Henry et al. 2017) calls for caution before rejecting investigative interviewing techniques for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this response we highlight that this important message was, in fact, emphasised in the original paper. We also provide additional information about our methodology and results to further substantiate our conclusions. Importantly, we highlight that these null results do not mean that these techniques should be rejected for children with ASD. We acknowledge that beneficial effects of these investigative interview adaptations may not be in relation to the parameters measured in our study—volume and accuracy of recall (also see Maras and Bowler 2010; Maras et al. 2014, for data suggesting that alternative interview techniques may not improve recall in autistic adults). We further acknowledge that some of the interview adaptations investigated may actually be the critical factor...
We would like to express our thanks to the Registered Intermediaries and other colleagues who commented on initial drafts of this letter.
All authors wrote this letter jointly and all authors read and approved the final manuscript.
The original research study to which this letter refers was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (Grant Number: ES/J020893/2).
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Conflict of interest
The authors (Lucy Henry, Laura Crane, Gilly Nash, Zoe Hobson, Mimi Kirke-Smith and Rachel Wilcock) all declare that they have no conflicts of interest.
In the original study to which this letter refers, all procedures performed in relation to the human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee, and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments.
In the original study to which this letter refers, informed consent was obtained from all individual participants in the study.
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