Private Autism Assessments for Adults in the UK

Find out how you can start your diagnostic journey today

  • Diagnostic assessments for adults (16+)

  • Carried out online over video call

  • Officially recognised in the UK


39-Year-Old Health Worker

North West England

"Anne Marie is a professional with an in-depth understanding of autism and the assessment process. She noticed fine details which validates my autistic experience and promotes self-understanding."

64-Year-Old Grandmother


"My experience of the assessment was positive from the point of contact. I had a prompt reply to my initial enquiry, was given clarity of the process and was met with understanding.”

22-Year-Old Female


"I was initially very anxious about the assessment process as someone who requires a high level of predictability in their life but thanks to Anne Marie the whole thing went smoothly.”

28-Year-Old Male


"I thought the actual interview would be quite an intense and formal experience, however it felt conversational – with a lot more smiling and laughing than I was expecting!”

About Anne Marie

Anne Marie Gallagher BSc, RCSLT, ASILTIP 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 20 years has been in identifying autistic adults, providing private autism assessments in Scotland, England, and throughout the UK.

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FAQs (UK Autism Assessments)

A private autism assessment in the UK offers expedited services, personalised attention, and flexibility in scheduling. Unlike public assessments, private services often provide quicker results and a more tailored approach to adult autism evaluation.

Adult autism diagnosis services encompass comprehensive assessments, including interviews, clinical observations, and standardised tests. These services are designed to evaluate social communication, behaviour, and other factors to provide a thorough understanding of an individual's neurodevelopmental profile.

Autism diagnosis for adults involves specialised assessments that consider the unique challenges and strengths of adults. The evaluation may include self-reporting, interviews, and clinical observations to assess social communication, behaviour patterns, and potential co-occurring conditions.

A UK Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment includes a comprehensive evaluation conducted by a qualified professionals. This assessment examines various aspects of an individual's behaviour, communication, and social interactions to determine if there is evidence to meet diagnostic criteria.

Private autism diagnostic assessments prioritise confidentiality. Only authorised professionals involved in the assessment process have access to the results, ensuring privacy and adherence to ethical standards.

Yes, individuals can often schedule an adult ASD assessment in the UK without a referral. Private assessment services typically welcome self-referrals, providing a more accessible avenue for adults seeking an autism diagnosis.

FAQs (Connect To Autism)

The acceptance of a private diagnosis is dependent on many factors and not just the robustness of the assessment and the experience of the assessor.

I have not had my assessments rejected by any service, that includes both NHS and local authority.

I always suggest that if you are looking for the diagnosis to be accepted by any service, GP, MH services psychology etc, that you discuss my credentials with them and ascertain if they will accept it before you commit to an assessment. For this purpose, I have added below information about my experience.

I was the clinical lead for 20 years with Scotland's largest Adult Autism Team Autism, my private assessments follow the same format as my NHS assessments.

I am an author of SIGN guidelines.

I sat on the national steering group at the Scottish Government where I have led a working group on increasing competencies across health to diagnose autism spectrum disorders.

My assessments are underpinned by the DISCO assessment (Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders) and I was the Scottish trainer for DISCO up until 4 years ago when the license ceased after Lorna Wing's death. I have trained 300+ clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and paediatricians to recognise and diagnose autism.

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No, unfortunately I only assess individuals aged 16+

No, I do not assess for ADHD/ADD/dyslexia. I do, however, have experience of doing adult diagnostic assessments for individuals with these co-occurring disorders.

I do however participate in NHS Orkney adult ADHD assessments as part of a multidisciplinary team. After first line screening by an experienced health care clinician, I review pre-assessment questionnaires and carry out an in-depth interview, and if there is enough and sufficient evidence of symptoms of ADHD, across the lifespan resulting in significant impairment in several areas of their life to warrant further assessment, then the patient will move to the final diagnostic assessment with a consultant psychiatrist.

Unfortunately, I do not offer face-to-face assessments.

Yes if you are comfortable with them being there then they are welcome to join. It is often helpful for them to attend as it allows them also to fully understand the full impact of ASD on your life.

Yes, as this is always the starting point.

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UK Autism Assessments

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Initial clinical assessments can be undertaken, up to and including Step 4 of the diagnostic process, for £300. All assessments are usually completed using Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc.

Anne Marie is able to provide diagnostic autism assessments across the UK or internationally




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