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Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Elderly 

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Elderly
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Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Elderly
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Peter V. Rabins

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10.1093/med/9780199349722.003.0009
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date: 29 January 2022

Little is known about the life-course of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but follow-up studies by Leo Kanner demonstrating a variable outcome into mid-life have been confirmed by recent data. Although recent US epidemiologic studies did not find individuals older than age 60 years with ASD, a more focused study in England found a prevalence after age 60 years of approximately 1%. Whether early intervention will change the life course of ASD is unknown, but many individuals born before the current era were not recognized or diagnosed when young and therefore did not have early treatment. Aging with ASD likely brings with it unique challenges that require more study.

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