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Scottish autism spectrum guidelines issued

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The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has published a clinical guideline on the management of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) has published a clinical guideline on the management of children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The guideline covers assessment, diagnosis and clinical interventions (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological) for ASD, which covers the conditions autism, atypical autism and Asperger's syndrome.

It also addresses service provision, multidisciplinary and multiagency working to address the needs of children with ASD at all levels (primary, secondary and tertiary care), and recommends joint working between children and young people and their parents and carers.

According to SIGN, boys are four times more likely to suffer from ASD than girls, and appropriate intervention, specialised education and structured support are vital to help those with the condition to maximise their potential.

www.sign.ac.uk

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