This *is* episodic memory, and quite a funny example of it.
Notice how emotion is tied in with the description of this memory, and the usefulness of how this young boy has embedded the memory. The next time he is faced with a challenge, you can bet this memory will be used to remind him of his prior successes.
There has been a wonderful four part blog on Episodic Memory from a fellow RDI Consultant. Episodic Memory and Children with ASD. She does a beautiful job of breaking down a rather complex concept into easily understandable and transferable ideas. These make for great sharing with friends, family and school team members.
"My approach to intervention is rooted in respect for child development and focuses on making the mundane meaningful, looking at daily interactions as opportunities for learning and growth while respecting the uniqueness of the individual and family. It’s about setting high expectations for long term quality of life and relationships for individuals on the spectrum and implementing a specific and doable plan to get there one step at a time.”
– Lauren Wilson, LCSW, RDI® Program Certified Consultant