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Aging in Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Mini-Review

Happé F.a · Charlton R.A.b, c

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aMRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and bClinical Neuroscience, St George’s, University of London, London, UK; cDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill., USA

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Prof. Francesca Happé

MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

Institute of Psychiatry (PO 80), King’s College London

De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF (UK)

Tel. +44 207 848 0873, E-Mail francesca.happe@kcl.ac.uk

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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.

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