A series of systematic reviews has helped to inform the draft Recommendations within the National Guideline for supporting autistic children and their families.

Umbrella review of research evidence

We have updated the previously published evidence synthesis of available therapies and supports for autistic children. The updated review was conducted in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Joanna Briggs Institute manual for evidence synthesis and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) statement.

Outcomes

An update will be provided following the completion of study selection and data extraction.

The evidence synthesis has informed the development of draft Recommendations within the new national practice guideline.

Scoping review of existing guidelines

A scoping review helped identify and understand existing guidelines for therapies and supports for autism currently in use in jurisdictions throughout the world. This review allowed us to identify key components that have been proposed to lead to effective, ethical, feasible and acceptable support frameworks.

Outcomes

A summary of the scoping review is provided in the draft Guideline. 

The scoping review has been used to inform the development of draft  Recommendations within the new national practice guideline. 

Systematic review of individual and family experiences

A systematic review was conducted to understand the experiences of Australian individuals on the autism spectrum and their families in therapies and supports in the early years.

Outcomes

A summary of the systematic review is provided in the draft Guideline. 

The review has been used used to inform the development of draft Recommendations within the new national practice guideline.