child screening programme
Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) is a term for a group of disorders, which includes autism and Asperger syndrome. ASD affects how a person communicates with others. It also affects how a person relates to the world around them. The word ‘spectrum’ is used because the conditions affect different people in different ways. Those with autism may also have a learning disability.
Read more about autism on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
Screening for autism is not recommended. This is because:
- there is not currently a test that is good enough for screening the general population
- it is not known if screening would improve long term outcomes for children with autism
- there is not an established approach to screening which is acceptable to parents
Supporting documents from the 2012 review
Evidence summary autism (2012)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Autism (2012)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2012
Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Autism
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Faculty of Public Health
- Institute of Child Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- The British Psychological Society
- The National Autistic Society