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Autism in under 19s: recognition, referral and diagnosis
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Key priorities for implementation
Local pathway for recognition, referral and diagnostic assessment of possible autism
A local autism multi-agency strategy group should be set up, with managerial, commissioner and clinical representation from child health and mental health services, education, social care, parent and carer service users, and the voluntary sector
The local autism strategy group should appoint a lead professional to be responsible for the local autism pathway for recognition, referral and diagnosis of children and young people. The aims of the group should include:
improving early recognition of autism by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of autism through multi-agency training
making sure the relevant professionals (healthcare, social care, education and voluntary sector) are aware of the local autism pathway and how to access diagnostic services
supporting the smooth transition to adult services for young people going through the diagnostic pathway
ensuring data collection and audit of the pathway takes place
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