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Assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorders
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
All professionals involved in diagnosing ASD in children, young people or adults should consider using the current version of either ICD or DSM. The classification system used for diagnosis should be recorded in the patient's notes
Recognition, assessment and diagnosis
Population screening for ASD is not recommended
As part of the core programme of child health surveillance, healthcare professionals can aid early identification of children requiring further assessment for ASD and other developmental disorders. Clinical assessment should incorporate a high level of vigilance for features suggestive of ASD, in the domains of social interaction and play, speech, language and communication difficulties and behaviour
Children under three years of age who have regression in language or social skills should be referred for assessment for ASD
Instruments may be used for information gathering, but they should not be used to make or rule out a referral for an assessment for ASD
Management of asthma in adults over 65 years of age
Development group: Gruffydd-Jones, McArthur, Murphy, Russell & Wise. This management algorithm was developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel: Gruffydd-Jones K et al with the support of a grant from Teva UK Limited.