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Autism – when to suspect in adults

one or more of the following
○ persistent difficulties in social interaction
○ persistent difficulties in social communication
○ stereotypic ( rigid and repetitive ) behaviours , resistance to change or restricted interests

AND
 one or more of the following
○ problems in obtaining or sustaining employment or education
○ difficulties in initiating or sustaining relationships
○ previous or current contact with mental health or learning disability services
○ a h/o neurodevelopmental condition ( as LD , ADHD ) or mental disorder


Autism spectrum quotient -10 items

Cumulative scores more than 6 out of 10

Consider referral for comprehensive assessment of autism

REFERENCES

  1.  Autism spectrum disorder in adults: diagnosis and management NICE Guideline 142 June 2021 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg142/chapter/Introduction#identification-and-assessment-2

  2. AQ 20 https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg142/resources/autism-spectrum-quotient-aq10-test-pdf-186582493

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