The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is producing new guidelines to improve autism diagnoses for children and young people, and wants to hear from you about what works well and what needs to change.
NICE is the independent organisation responsible for providing guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. The autism guidelines that NICE are publishing will set out the process for how professionals will recognise and diagnose autism in children and young people. These will be the first official clinical guidelines on this issue, and will apply in England and Wales.
NICE are currently consulting about what should be included in these guidelines. They are very keen for those who have got or attempted to get a diagnosis themselves, or have supported someone else to do so, to take part in the consultation.
If there is anything that you would like to see included in guidelines about the diagnosis of autism in children and young people, here is your chance to have your say. If your suggestions are based upon your own experiences of the diagnosis process, then so much the better.