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The UK NSC recommendation on Autism screening in children

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed November 2012
Next review due in 2015/16
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Find general information about population health screening.

More about Autism

Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a lifelong condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Autistic spectrum disorder is the term that is used to describe a group of disorders, including autism and Asperger syndrome. The word ‘spectrum’ is used because the characteristics of the condition vary from one person to another. Those with autism may also have a learning disability. Those who have Asperger syndrome tend to have average, or above average, intelligence, but still have difficulty making sense of the world.

» Read more about autism on NHS Choices


The British Psychological Society
Faculty of Public Health
Institute of Child Health
The National Autistic Society
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon NSC ASD Policy Position Statement and summary (November 2012) (PDF document, 3.84MB, 11/12/12)

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