Working memory in children with autism and with moderate learning difficulties.

  title={Working memory in children with autism and with moderate learning difficulties.},
  author={James Russell and Christopher Jarrold and Laurence Henry},
  journal={Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines},
  volume={37 6},
We asked whether children with autism are specifically impaired on tests of working memory. Experiment 1 showed that children with autism were at least as likely as normal children to employ articulatory rehearsal (criterion: evincing the "word length effect") and that they had superior spans to that of children with moderate learning difficulties. In Experiment 2, participants were given "capacity tasks" in order to examine group differences in the capacity of the central executive of working… CONTINUE READING
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