Tania Marshall is a 2015 ASPECT Autism Australia National Recognition Awards Nominee (Advancement category), a 2015 eLIT gold medal book award winner.
Tania Marshall has worked in the fields of psychology and mental health for over 25 years (in a variety of roles, environments and contexts), with children, teens and adult with developmental disorders, Autism and related disorders, across the lifespan. She has supported many neurodiverse individuals with Asperger Syndrome/Autism and related conditions. Tania participated in a Doctoral-level pilot in the area of Adult female autism in 2014.
She has practiced in a wide variety of roles over the course of her career (consultant, psychologist, registered psychologist – provisional, educator, trainer, group therapist, and some of her work has included diagnostic assessment impressions, support, intervention, problem-solving sessions, letter, reports and/or consultations via Skype/Zoom or in-person. On her ‘psychologist’ role, Tania was an approved Medicare Registered Provider of Psychology Services, an approved APS Identified Autism Practitioner, a Helping Child With Autism approved provider, a Better Start for Children with a Disability Provider and a trained Secret Agent Society (SAS) Trained Group Facilitator. Currently, Tania divides her time between private practice, her contract work, writing her book series and research. Tania’s work has been translated and/or cited in numerous publications including Sarah Hendrickxs’ recent release entitled “Women and Girls with an Autism Spectrum Disorder” (June, 2015).
Over 30 years ago, Tania volunteered at an out-patient day centre and worked with adults with a variety of conditions, including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and also what would now be known as adult Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Tania then attended University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology. During that time of working on her initial degree, she also was a psychology research assistant (Autism and related developmental conditions and childhood disorders) and spent three summers working at a special needs camp, in the capacity of camp counselor and then as a psychology assistant. She worked with many individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Tania then completed a Masters of Science degree. During her Masters degree training she completed a supervised internship at a Children’s Hospital in the ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorder Clinic, where received training an experience in assessing, diagnosing, supporting and providing intervention to children and their families affected by ADHD, Autism and related conditions. During that time she was a recipient of three scholarships and three teaching assistant positions. Her Masters degree involved the completion of 12 courses in addition to an original supervised Masters’ level thesis.
After the completion of her Masters of Science degree (Applied Psychology, Developmental/Educational psychology), she then completed a supervised 18-month post Masters externship (supervised by a Clinical Psychologist) at a private special needs school for children from Grades 1-12, who were “at-risk”, had dropped out of school, been suspended, were in foster care, in contact with the justice system, abused, and/or had a variety of disorders and/or conditions. Some of her duties included: providing diagnostic assessments, psycho-educational assessments, psychological assessments, intervention, support and therapy, family therapy, report writing, stakeholder meetings and visits to hospitals to see students. She supported students of all ages, both genders and their families, all with a wide variety of conditions, learning difficulties and concerns. She worked with many students with Autism or Asperger Syndrome. She worked with females on the Autism Spectrum when very little was known about Autism in females. She also completed an 18-month post-Masters externship in private practice, supervised by a Clinical Psychologist.
Tania attended Dr. Ross Greene’s “The Explosive Child” one-day seminar, briefly meeting him and discussed children with Autism and related conditions. Tania stands firm in her belief that the vast majority of children want to please their parents…IF they can. If they cannot, it is our job to find out what their lagging skills are and assist them. She is a strengths-based practitioner, assisting others to focus on their strengths whilst being supported with their challenges.
Since then, Tania has worked in private practice, providing a wide variety of assessments and services to people of all ages. She has worked with many thousands of individuals of all ages with varying expressions and sub-types of autism/neurodivergence and conditions/disorders, including personality disorders. A large majority of individuals she has worked with are twice-exceptional, (Gifted and Talented) and Neurodivergent.
Tania was one of the first psychologists to detail the Autistic female profile. She had been working with females who appeared to be Autistic, yet did not appear to meet the DSM IV-TR (at that time) criteria. She published her March 2013 blog, which gained International recognition. You may read this here.
She received overwhelmingly positive response and many inquiries from health professionals, researchers, psychiatrists, forensic personnel, parents and family members worldwide. She was pleased to be contacted by a recruitment agency in relation to discussing the unique characteristics and strengths of certain sub-types of Autistic women and provides assistance to them on a contract basis. She was also contacted by a forensic agency in relation to understanding further her profiling work on Autistic females. She has contracted with them ever since and provides consultations/works on a contract basis with/to forensic personnel and intelligence agencies. Some of her work involves trainings in Autistic body language, Autism and Crime, deception detection, body language, social communication, language, psycho-linguistic profiling, micro-expressions and facial affect. She is involved in on-going statement analysis training.
She then wrote two award winning best selling books on the Autistic female profile in children/teens and in adults. Tania wrote and published her first book in a series on Asperger Syndrome and Autism in girls and women, June 2014. It became a #1 best-seller in 3 categories as an e-book and is available in paperback and hardcover editions on Amazon.com
Tania’s first book explores the unique characteristics, traits, strengths and challenges of young girls and teens with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism, in a highly visual and strengths-based positive way.
The Spanish translation of I am AspienGirl, entitled SOY Aspiengirl: Las características, rasgos y talentos únicos de las niñas y mujeres en el Espectro Autista, is now in Pre-press and available shortly at http://www.aspiengirl.com/spanish
Translation by Professora Carolina Rodriguez
Further translations are in production.
The sequel to Tania’s best-selling book, entitled “I Am AspienWoman: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Adult Females on the Autism, Spectrum, Foreword by Dr. Shana Nichols, continues on where I Am AspienGirl left off, including a large Mentor section lead by Dr. Temple Grandin.
Tania is now writing her third book entitled AspienPowers: The Unique Constellation of Strengths, Talents, and Gifts of Females on the Autism Spectrum and released mid-2017
Tania has received many requests for a “boy” version of I am AspienGirl and is now writing I Am AspienBoy.
Tania’s fifth book is entitled Behind The Mask: The Narratives of Females on the Autism Spectrum, Coming late 2015
Model: Samantha Tomlin, Photo: Ardent Studios
The Highlights of Tania’s professional career to date include meeting and talking one on one with Professor Temple Grandin, the honour of interviewing Professor Uta Frith, Dr Judith Gould providing the Foreword for her first book, I Am AspienGirl, Dr.Shana Nichols providing the Foreward for I Am AspienWoman and testimonials by Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Francesca Happe and Dr. Shana Nichols. In addition, Tania is proud to be honoured with nominee recognition awards by ASPECT Autism Australia from 2019, 2016 and 2015.
Tania regularly attends professional development training in person or via Internet on-line conferences by a variety of Autism and related conditions world experts, some of which have included Dr. Jacqui Roberts, Dr. Tony Attwood, Dr. Ross Greene, Dr. Simon Baron Cohen, Dr. Francesca Happe, Dr. Isabelle Henault and Dr. Temple Grandin.
Tania attends on-going professional development, whether that be seminars, workshops in-person or presentations/workshops online. She attended a one-day seminar by the Autism Centre of Excellence, Autism Seminar Series – 2, April 2013, at Griffith University, whose presenters included Professor Tony Attwood, Rachel Harris, and Professor Jacqueline Roberts
(Making school work for girls on the autism spectrum, outlining a project in Far North Queensland working with school communities to improve outcomes for students on the autism spectrum).
Tania also attends numerous on-line presentations, conferences, and workshops pertaining to Autism. For example, “What we do, don’t and must know about Autism Spectrum Conditions” and “SFARI Webinar: Francesca Happe presents ‘fractionated triad’ model”, The erosion of empathy: Simon Baron-Cohen at TEDx.
Dr. Temple Grandin and Tania Marshall recently discussed the DSM5 changes, Asperger Syndrome, torrenting her movie starring Clare Danes and careers/work for individuals with Autism. Temple Grandin is an American doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, autism activist, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior.
Tania provides assessment services, interventions, and support to individuals across the lifespan from a variety of countries. She has practiced in both Canada and Australia, providing services to individuals and families affected by Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Giftedness and genius, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, high sensitivity, learning disabilities and elite athletes/performers. Tania also provides diagnostic impressions assessments, intervention, and support in her private practice and/or via Skype and works with professionals from a variety of areas, including medical doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, guidance officers and psychologists.
Tania attended the NOVA pathways to employment seminar, where she was privileged to meet a number of the following amazing people.
Embracing the Other Half Psychology Clinic (ETOH) Dr Julie Peterson (Clinic Director) and I.
Tania Marshall and Kathy Lette recently met at the “up close and personal” luncheon hosted by Nova Employment in benefit of the Asperger Centre. The attendees enjoyed a five-star meal at the Epping Club, whilst hearing from inspirational guest speakers and best-selling authors Professor Temple Grandin and Kathy Lette. Temple Grandin’s latest book is called “The Autistic Brain” and Kathy Lette is an Australian author who has written a number of bestselling books including “Puberty Blues” and “The Boy who Fell to Earth”.
Best-Selling Author Kathy Hoopman and Tania Marshall recently met to discuss Asperger Syndrome, her fabulous book series, and the female profile of Aspergers. Kathy’s most popular books include:
All Cats Have Asperger’s
All Dogs Have ADHD
Inside Asperger’s Looking Out
Tania highly recommends the use of Autism-assistance dogs in her work with particular clients and finds that Autism service dogs are well-trained and proficient in helping their handlers process sensory information. Many autism service dogs are trained in work/obstacle avoidance (similar to a guide dog) to help the handler with visual stimuli.
Some of Tania’s clients bring in their own animals (dogs, cats, and guinea pigs) into the session. Tania also has her own Labrador retriever which she uses with her child and adult clients.
Autism Service Dogs are Trained to Respond to Certain Behaviors:
In Self-stimulation behaviors, the dog handler may choose to signal the dog to help the child stop a certain behavior
In self-harming behaviors, the dog is trained to interrupt and stop the behavior
In cases of overstimulation/meltdown/shutdown, the dog has been trained to utilize a variety of deep pressure tasks including stepping on feet, putting paws on lap, or laying on the handler
In cases of poor balance/motor control, the dog is trained to counterbalance and/or brace for stability
In cases of disorientation, the dog is trained to find the car, go home, and/or find other specified places
In cases of auditory processing problems, the dog is trained to alert the handler to important sounds
In cases of Visual processing problems, the dog helps by guide work and/or steering/directing the handler around obstacles
Tania is also writing a series of books and maintains her blog of her own free time. Due to time commitments, Tania is only available for fee-for-services appointments/inquiries which can be made by contacting her personal assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania divides her time between her research, writing and her busy private practice. She supports individuals with the following: giftedness, twice-exceptional, learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, highly sensitive people (HSP), Asperger Syndrome, Autism and other related conditions, ADHD, self-esteem and resilience training, identity and gender identity issues, bullying issues, educational assessment, intelligence assessments, psychological assessments, positive psychology, school advocacy, adjustment disorders, behavioural Disorders and difficulties, developmental disorders, diagnostic assessment, learning and cognitive Assessments, family relational difficulties, grief and loss, parent effectiveness training, sleep disorders, social and peer difficulties, social skills building and training.
Tania has completed a series of interviews, which include:
- Professor Uta Frith discusses her career, autism , theory of mind, her research , her students and more
- Former model, singer and psychology student Maja Toudal
- Director Rich Everts of the United States of Autism Movie
- Lynn Marshall, Canadian ParaOlympic Developmental Coach
- Director and Actress Olley Edwards, who just completed her first movie and first book on female Asperger Syndrome
- Best-Selling Author Kathy Hoopman
- World Champion Kickboxer Jo Redman
- Professional entertainer Chou Chou Scantlin
- Actress Honey Parker
- Author Jeanette Purkis
- Brandy Nightingale
- MarsOne Project Applicant, Actress, Directer, Model Sybelle SilverPheonix
- Psychology student, Model, Singer Maja Toudal
- Musician, singer and Song Writer Maja Nillson
- Musician and Violinist Lydia Tay
I am Aspiengirl, I am Aspienwoman and Aspienpowers books can be purchased from http://www.aspiengirl.com
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