Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 48, Issue 7, pp 2593–2596 | Cite as

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 J. Dando
  • Thomas C. Ormerod
  • Penny Cooper
  • Ruth Marchant
  • Michelle Mattison
  • Rebecca Milne
  • Ray Bull
Letter to the Editor


Recently, Henry et al. (J Autism Dev Disord 8:2348–2362, 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.


Witnesses and victims Sketch Reinstatement of Context Verbal Labels Registered Intermediaries Investigative interview 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Coral J. Dando
    • 1
  • Thomas C. Ormerod
    • 2
  • Penny Cooper
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ruth Marchant
    • 5
  • Michelle Mattison
    • 6
  • Rebecca Milne
    • 7
  • Ray Bull
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WestminsterLondonUK
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  3. 3.City, University of LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Institute for Criminal Policy ResearchLondonUK
  5. 5.Ministry of Justice Registered IntermediaryLondonUK
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  7. 7.Institute of Criminal Justice StudiesUniversity of PortsmouthPortsmouthUK
  8. 8.Department of Law, Criminology and Social SciencesUniversity of DerbyDerbyUK

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