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Aging in autism spectrum disorders: a mini-review.

Happé, Francesca and Charlton, Rebecca A. 2012. Aging in autism spectrum disorders: a mini-review. Gerontology, 58(1), pp. 70-8. ISSN 1423-0003 [Article]

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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.

Item Type:

Article

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
2012Published

Item ID:

8315

Date Deposited:

09 Jun 2013 12:43

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 14:11

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/8315

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