Children with autism exhibit a deficit in the comprehension and crea- tion of narrative which impacts their social world. Our ongoing research agenda is to find ways of developing interactive learning environments which enhance the ability of individual children with autism to deal with narrative and thus the social world. The study reported here involved 12 children in a longitudinal study which focussed on identifying the particular aspects of narrative which individual children found difficult. Our aim was to investigate each individual childs understanding of primitive components of narrative by means of an interactive software game called TouchStory which we developed for this pur- pose. Our results show, for most of the children, an ongoing and clear distinc- tion in their understanding of the various narrative components, which relates their narrative comprehension as shown by a picture-story based narrative com- prehension task.
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