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Mini Review: Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Title: Mini Review: Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Author(s): Happé, Francesca; Charlton, Rebecca
Subject(s): Autism Asperger Syndrome Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Abstract: This article addresses an important and barely researched topic: what happens to children with autism spectrum disorders when they grow old. We review the small published literature on aging in autism. We then consider the relevance of research on ‘neurotypical’ aging in core domains of autistic impairment: social cognition, executive function, cognitive style and memory. Research themes from the study of normal aging, including cognitive reserve, compensation, quality of life, loneliness and physical health are of relevance for future research on autism. Studies of aging in autism will be important not only to plan appropriate services, but also to shed light on the full developmental trajectory of this neurodevelopmental condition, and perhaps provide clues to neuropathology and etiology.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Karger
Citation Info: Happe, F. & Charlton, R. A. 2012. Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Mini-Review. Gerontology, 58(1): 70-78. DOI: 10.1159/000329720
Type: Article
Description: © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel. Post print version of article may differ from published version. The definitive version is available through Karger at DOI:10.1159/000329720.
ISSN: 0304-324X
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-08-15

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