Objectives: To better understand source memory functioning and its relation with social skills in children with ASD .
Methods: A preliminary sample of 13 high functioning boys with ASD aged 8 to 17 years old and matched control were assessed. Groups were match on age, sex and global IQ. Social skills were assessed with the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale-2nd edition (Sparrow & al., 2006). Children’s memory was assessed using a theory driven experimental task designed to measure memory for source and temporal context of studied words (Doré & al., 2007).
Results: Preliminary findings revealed that children with ASD were not different from the control group in recognition of target words nor in identification of their source and temporal context. However, qualitative data revealed that the ASD group had a different pattern of responses bias. Furthermore, results showed that the ASD children who significantly recognized more target words also displayed a lower level of global adaptive functioning on the VABS. Analyses on the subscales are yet to come.
Conclusions: These preliminary findings suggest that episodic source memory seems to be associated to the adaptive functioning in children with high functioning ASD. Recruitment for this project is still in process and results from further assessment will be discussed.