Friday, February 24, 2006

Memory Differences & Autism

Here's a useful paper for parents and teachers of students with high functioning autism. Researchers began looking more systematically for patterns of strength and weakness in memory. Students with autism tended to have weakness in spatial memory, and recall of complex visual and verbal stimuli (consistent with common symptoms of sensory overload), but good story memory, associational memory, and verbal working memory.

These findings have obvious implications for the design of educational programs. Neuropsychological assessments of these students need to become routine. It's absurd to think behavioral checklists tell us anything substantial about individual students' needs.

Memory Differences and Autism

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