Aging and Autism In this article, I will review the available recent literature about the aging population with autism, a patient group that researchers know little about and a group that is experiencing a growing need for support from communication disorders professionals. Speech-language pathologists working with geriatric patients should become familiar with this ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2012
Aging and Autism
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  • Pamela A. Smith
    Bloomsburg University
  • Pamela A. Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psycholinguistics, neurogenic disorders of communication, and dysphagia. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in acute, subacute, and long-term care environments. She has presented on the local, national, and international levels and has been published in her areas of expertise. She received her master's degree from Ohio University and her PhD from Temple University.
    Pamela A. Smith, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in psycholinguistics, neurogenic disorders of communication, and dysphagia. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in acute, subacute, and long-term care environments. She has presented on the local, national, and international levels and has been published in her areas of expertise. She received her master's degree from Ohio University and her PhD from Temple University.×
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Article   |   May 01, 2012
Aging and Autism
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2012, Vol. 17, 69-75. doi:10.1044/gero17.2.69
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2012, Vol. 17, 69-75. doi:10.1044/gero17.2.69

In this article, I will review the available recent literature about the aging population with autism, a patient group that researchers know little about and a group that is experiencing a growing need for support from communication disorders professionals. Speech-language pathologists working with geriatric patients should become familiar with this issue, as the numbers of older patients with autism spectrum disorders is likely to increase. Our profession and our health care system must prepare to meet the challenge these patients and residents will present as they age.

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