1. Elderly with autism: a cognitive profile
Goal: To determine the cognitive profile in elderly with autism aged 53 till 83 years of age.
Results: Aging had a smaller impact on fluency in the high functioning autism (HFA) group than in the control group, while aging had a more profound effect on visual memory performance in the HFA group. Hence, we provide novel evidence that elderly with HFA have subtle neuropsychological deficits, and that the developmental trajectories differ between elderly with and without HFA in particular cognitive domains. However, given the small sample size we need to be careful with these conclusions. Currently, we are testing whether these findings can be replicated.
Details: In the publication of Geurts & Vissers (2011) in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD) you can find all details.
For a description of this project in Dutch see d’Arc onderzoek.