2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover.
This guideline covers the signs and symptoms that should prompt professionals working with children, young people, and their parents or carers to consider autism; information requirements from other agencies; components of diagnostic assessment after referral; appropriate information and day-to-day support for children, young people and their parents or carers during referral, assessment and diagnosis; and ineffective diagnostic interventions and approaches.
It does not cover population screening or surveillance; routine paediatric or mental health assessment not specific to autism; the role and competencies of different professions in the recognition and diagnosis of autism; specific models for diagnostic services; interventions and ongoing management of autism, including specific therapeutic interventions during diagnosis; or reassessment and review of diagnosis.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Collaborating Centre for Women's and Children's Health to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website.