On the 28th August the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new clinical guidelines on the management and support of autism in children and young people.
Both LVS Oxford and LVS Hassocks welcome the NICE guidance on the management and support of children and young people on the autism spectrum. The emphasis on individuals with a diagnosis of ASD being supported by professionals with knowledge of autism and skills in managing autism is particularly important. Our experience and that of our students and their families and carers has been that this has not always been the case, resulting in months of anxiety for all parties.
The recommendation that all young children and young people with autism have full access to health and social care services, including mental health services regardless of their intellectual ability or any coexisting conditions, will be a relief to many families. Often, more able individuals with autism are unable to access support from mental health services which can result in crises which could have been avoided had the support been put in place for them. The implementation of ‘local autism teams’ based in the community will enable individuals to receive a co-ordinated package of support across a range of services.
We are proud to say that the LVS schools for children with autism follow the behaviour supports recommended in the guidance and do not use any of the listed interventions which should not be used.
The recommendation on transition to adult services, including the reassessment around 14 years of age for those who are receiving treatment from CAMHS is crucial to identify the possible need for continuing treatment into adulthood and alert the appropriate adult services of the individual and their specific support requirements. This smooth transition from one service to another is often lacking for our young people, resulting in high levels of anxiety and often, lack of support at a major time of transition, resulting in increased mental health issues.
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We aim to provide them with a 'tool box for life' - a variety of skills and coping mechanisms that they can take with them in to the future.