NICE Guidance on the Core Symptoms in Adults on the Autism Spectrum

The following extracts are from Autism: recognition, referral, diagnosis and management of adults on the autism spectrum. (2012). London: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Full Item

Core Symptoms in Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Based on the limited and very low-quality evidence for behavioural therapies aimed at communication in autism the GDG concluded that there was insufficient evidence to make a recommendation about the use of behavioural therapies for the core autistic symptom of social-communication impairment in adults with autism. Do not provide facilitated communication for adults with autism For adults with autism without a learning disability or with a mild to moderate learning disability, who have identified problems with social interaction, consider:

  • a group-based social learning programme focused on improving social interaction
  • an individually delivered social learning programme for people who find group-based activities difficult. Social learning programmes to improve social interaction should typically include:

  • modelling
  • peer feedback (for group-based programmes) or individual feedback (for individually delivered programmes)
  • discussion and decision-making
  • explicit rules
  • suggested strategies for dealing with socially difficult situations.

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02 Nov 2017