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JS – 42 year old Female, Manchester

By Anne Marie Gallagher | October 16, 2021

“I contacted Anne Marie after a challenging experience in another assessment, to see what my next steps might be. Anne Marie was generous with her time and advice and we agreed it would be worthwhile to go for assessment. The assessment process was thorough and informed: it’s really clear that Anne Marie really understands ASD … Read more

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EC – 30 year old Researcher, Scottish Borders

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 7, 2021

“Anne Marie was recommended to me for her experience diagnosing women and I was pleased I chose her for my assessment. I thought the two-stage format worked well and Anne took the time to clearly explain each step of the process to me, before and during the assessment. She also helped me understand the wider … Read more

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JD – 42 year old female University lecturer, Cambridge

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 7, 2021

“Anne Marie’s mix of obvious professionalism, and high levels of skill and experience, combined with gentleness was exactly right for me and very much appreciated.The efficiency of her service, from the first telephone contact to the very end of the diagnostic assessment was fantastic. Her care and thoroughness in making sure I was fully aware … Read more

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MRC – 41 year old female General Practitioner, near Birmingham

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 7, 2021

“Anne Marie Gallagher was amazing- professional and empathetic. I was so nervous to start the process of a diagnosis but having an introductory chat just put my mind at ease and there was no pressure to take it further. The whole process was easy and Anne Marie guided me through the questionnaire and even though … Read more

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Kitty – 47 years old from Edinburgh

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 7, 2021

“Trying to establish if you might be autistic is really daunting if you actually are autistic. Right from the start Anne Marie was very professional. She was punctual, reliable, and clear about the process, keeping me informed about what she was going to do next, and explaining a lot about autism on the way. Having … Read more

Why is it important to have a formal diagnostic assessment?

By Anne Marie Gallagher | February 18, 2020

When an individual experiences issues, difficulties or needs, then it is imperative that we are able to formulate a correct and accurate explanation for the issue, difficulty or need. Failure to do so, results in the wrong support, help or intervention being given and also prevents the correct support, help or intervention from being identified. … Read more

What are the Advantages of a Late Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis?

By Anne Marie Gallagher | January 6, 2020

This is a question I am often asked, however the answer to this always comes from a summary of comments made by adults recently diagnosed by myself. Greater Sense of Autistic Self The most common comments are statements that express value in developing a greater sense of autistic self. “to know myself better”, “to redefine … Read more

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

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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