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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

Every day’s a school day

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 26, 2019

Autism has been my life’s work. For 20 years+ I have diagnosed autistic people Supported autistic people Helped others understand autistic people ———– Every client has taught me something different about what life is like for autistic people. There are many commonalities that exist in autism, but no two autistic people are the same. I … Read more

Are you facing University with no formal diagnosis of ASD?

By Anne Marie Gallagher | September 26, 2019

Are you facing university, college or a new job without a formal diagnosis of ASD and wonder if a formal diagnostic assessment will be right for you? Here’s a typical story that may help you decide if formal diagnosis is right for you. Fred is 17 years of age, has been very successful in achieving … Read more