NICE's guidelines for detection and treatment of adults with ASD

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), UK has published the first guidelines for detection and treatment of adults with ASD. Among other things, the document acknowledges the importance of assisted communication and recommends:

  • more concrete and structured approach with a greater use of written and visual information (which may include worksheets, thought bubbles, images and 'tool boxes')
  • making rules explicit and explaining their context
  • using plain English and avoiding excessive use of metaphor, ambiguity and hypothetical situations.

The full guidelines are available at: http://publications.nice.org.uk/autism-recognition-referral-diagnosis-and-management-of-adults-on-the-autism-spectrum-cg142