We examined story recall and narrative coherence.
The study revealed no group differences in story length or syntactic complexity.
Children with ASDs also did not differ from controls in their use of the gist of a story to aid recall, or in their sensitivity to the importance of story events.
Children with ASDs did, however, produce narratives that were significantly less coherent than the narratives of controls.
Children with ASDs appeared less likely to use the gist of the story to organize their narratives coherently.