Autism in under 19s: support and management

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Key priorities for implementation

  • The following recommendations have been identified as priorities for implementation

Access to health and social care services

  • Ensure that all children and young people with autism have full access to health and social care services, including mental health services, regardless of their intellectual ability or any coexisting diagnosis

Knowledge and competence of health and social care professionals

  • Health and social care professionals working with children and young people with autism in any setting should receive training in autism awareness and skills in managing autism, which should include:
    • the nature and course of autism
    • the nature and course of behaviour that challenges in children and young people with autism
    • recognition of common coexisting conditions, including:
      • mental health problems such as anxiety and depression
      • physical health problems such as epilepsy
      • sleep problems
      • other neurodevelopmental conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • . . .

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