Private Autism Assessment For Adults (16 Years +) in Scotland

Autism Diagnosis Scotland | ASD Diagnosis Scotland | Aspergers Diagnosis Scotland

Diagnostic assessments can be arranged local to you, wherever you are based in Scotland and throughout the whole of the UK. Anne Marie is willing to travel and carry out the assessments in the closest city to you.

Background

Anne Marie Gallagher BSc, RCSLT, ASILTIP, HCPC Reg is a Speech and Language Therapist with more than 25 years experience delivering both diagnostic assessment and intervention for autistic adults with NHS Scotland.

Anne Marie has worked with autistic adults within mental health services and learning disability services.

Her clinical focus over the last 15 years has been in identifying autistic adults.

Many individuals who are diagnosed in adulthood with ASD, have had a long history of involvement with mental health services for the treatment of conditions such as social anxiety, recurrent depression, OCD, personality disorder, bipolar disorder and eating disorders.

​Through diagnostic assessment, Anne Marie identifies core differences in thinking styles and perceptions of the world.

She aims to support the individual to develop a greater sense of self and support them to identify strategies to develop and maintain emotional and psychological well-being.

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Anne Marie Gallagher

BSc, RCSLT, ASILTIP, HCPC Reg

Experience

Anne Marie was involved in creating SIGN 145, the national clinical guidelines for the assessment, diagnosis and interventions for autism spectrum disorders.

She has provided training and has certified 150+ clinicians across NHS Scotland in the use of the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO), a leading diagnostic clinical assessment tool.

Anne Marie has worked for NHS boards on a consultancy basis, carrying out diagnostic assessments for adults with local clinicians in order to provide locally based assessments while providing the opportunity for experiential learning to promote clinical capacity of local services to better serve this client group.

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Anne Marie is able to offer both daytime and evening appointments in Stirling and Perth.

She is also able to provide diagnostic assessments locally, across the UK by arrangement.

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Does Asperger Syndrome still exist?

By Anne Marie Gallagher | November 1, 2019

Is Asperger Syndrome still a valid diagnosis? The answer to both of these questions, in October 2019, is YES and will remain so until 1st January 2022. Explanation A clinical diagnosis can only be given by a clinician. A clinician must use an internationally recognised diagnostic classification system. There are two classification systems which are … Read more

Commonalities

By Anne Marie Gallagher | October 24, 2019

Question: I am a self diagnosed autistic person. I require written confirmation of this diagnosis from a recognised diagnostician in order that accommodations can be made at my work place. Will a diagnostic assessment potentially take away my identity? Discussion: This diagram represents a concept of what autism is to an individual. X represents a … Read more

masking autism diagnosis scotland

Masking, Camouflaging, and Performing Explained

By Anne Marie Gallagher | October 7, 2019

Daily Situations Let me describe a situations that happened for me. It’s early morning, and I am having to battle the elements of the Scottish weather, trying to hold up my umbrella against the wind and rain. I arrive at the bus stop. Someone else is waiting in the bus shelter. Social Behaviour I turn … Read more

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res0nanc3
15:13 14 Nov 19
Anne Marie diagnosed me with ASD 5 years ago and has had a huge impact on helping me to adjust to the diagnosis. I have always suffered from poor mental health and medical professionals in general are usually quite unhelpful when it comes to dealing with autism, which is why it is so helpful that I came to Anne Marie. She has managed to help me navigate through many difficulties in my life. With her help I have been able to make progress in my career, get married, and live to a standard that would have been impossible without her intervention.
Helen Gillespie
Helen Gillespie
20:19 23 Oct 19
I'm 36 and have had mental health problems and been in psychiatric services since childhood. This has involved spending a large part of my life in hospital settings(medical, general psychiatric, and specialist units), primarily for Anorexia Nervosa, which has been severe and enduring, but also O.C.D., Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Depression. In 2011, at a time of developing awareness of the very different presentation of Autism in typical females and the similarity with traits seen in those with chronic Anorexia for which conventional treatment has been unsuccessful, I was referred for an assessment in London where I was receiving NHS-funded specialist care. Despite receiving a definitive diagnosis, and remaining within psychiatric services, my Autism received no acknowledgement and no adaptions were made to my care(the diagnostic team had emphasised this to be fundamental if I was to improve my health and that treatment received so far had been detrimental to me). In 2016, after several traumatic life experiences and a resultant breakdown (which I now understand to be a major autistic 'shutdown'), someone recommended Anne Marie to me: my life, as a result, would change forever. Seeing her has allowed me to see my past, present and future through an entirely different lens, and to understand my psychiatric conditions as attempts to keep some sense of safety and control both in a world I felt was alien to me and I to it, and in the relationships in my life. Anne Marie has helped me shift my identity from that of an ''ill-person' who could only achieve and have worth by being ill; an inferior misfit: and someone whom professionals considered to not be trying hard enough to engage and change. Due to my individual circumstances, I continue to see her to assist me in in developing a sense of belonging in the world and to interpret interactions in a different way. Her approach is markedly different to the formal, structured, hierarchical one typical in the clinician-patient relationship. She really listens and cleverly picks out strands that are illuminating, thus furthering insight; she promotes forgiveness and understanding rather than blame and guilt; she gives example of her own experiences which allow you to feel understood and to see different perspectives; she explains how being autistic means a difference in experiencing the world and not being defective or wrong; she promotes ways to cope better with life, build on strengths and foster healthy, positive relationships and roles that raise confidence. Her skills, knowledge and experience make her ideal for those who have gone under the radar until later in life. I don't know where I'd be today if I had not had Anne Marie's help.
patricia dunbar
patricia dunbar
13:35 04 Oct 19
Anne Marie was excellent at explaining all aspects around the different forms of autism and answering any questions we had during the session to diagnose my teenage son. She made sure we understood each stage of the diagnosis and why, at the end of the session, she came to the conclusion she did. Anne Marie put both my son and I at ease and my son was able to speak honestly and openly to her. The final report arrived promptly a couple of days later, and again Anne Marie was happy to respond to any questions we had about this. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Anne Marie.
Hamish Buchanan
Hamish Buchanan
20:12 29 Jul 19
I met Anne Marie in September 2017, when I wanted to know if I had Asperger Syndrome. On the morning of the assessment I was very nervous. Anne Marie quickly put me at ease though, and I felt able to confide in her within the first five minutes of discussion. What I particularly liked about Anne Marie's assessment was her knowledge of autism on the social/political level. Within the first hour, she'd mentioned the concept of "neurodiversity": that is, that being different isn't necessarily pathological. She was able to draw on countless examples of kindness and great achievements in people with autism. This was a striking difference between her and an ignorant GP I later met, who tarred Asperger's with the same brush as serious mental illnesses. The diagnostic assessment lasted five hours, with a lunch break in between. We discussed a mix of what my childhood was like and my experiences as an adult. However, I went into the break having been already told that she thought I had autism. I liked that: I've heard online about people's experiences of being made to wait several agonising weeks to receive a diagnostic letter, with no previous hint of its contents. Anne Marie never used any cliches of people with autism whilst performing the assessment. When I later told a psychiatrist that I had the diagnosis, he asked "what does it mean when I say 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'?" and seemed surprised when I didn't answer literally. Anne Marie knew that autistic people are capable of learning such idioms, and so never used them in her assessment. I've also met doctors who assume all autistic people are computer geeks; Anne Marie knows we come from all walks of life. She was also up to date on the recent research on autism - including on female-type autism and on autism in the LGBT community. Anne Marie knew about "camouflaging" in autistic women, as an explanation of why women tend to fly under the diagnostic radar. When I mentioned having had lifelong parathymia (where facial expressions don't match feelings - e.g. grinning when nothing is funny), she seemed interested and replied "yes, there's a lot of things we don't yet understand about autism". That made me feel appreciated because she made me feel that, as an autistic person, I know things that "experts" don't. Again, a striking contrast to the condescending doctors I later met. When we were done with the assessment, Anne Marie immediately authored the diagnostic report and allowed me to check it before printing. She let me edit out a sentence that I wasn't too happy with. She also gave me a short form report to give employers, with just the diagnosis and not the reasoning for why it was made. Nearly two years later, Anne Marie helped me when I needed a reference for the Occupational Health doctor at work, to state that autism isn't a reason why I wouldn't be able to do the job. She got the reference done for me very quickly. In summary, Anne Marie is probably the kindest specialist I've ever met. She immediately put me at ease and I felt able to talk to her openly and honestly throughout the assessment, knowing that she would never judge me harshly for anything I said. I would unhesitatingly recommend her to anyone thinking of getting a diagnostic assessment.
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