Professional Biography

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Tania Marshall, M.Sc. (App. Psych.), Assoc. MAPS, is a 2017 ASPECT Autism Australia National Recognition Awards Nominee (Advancement category). She was recognized by Autism Australia in both 2016 and 2015 for her work advancing the field of female Autism and Neurodiversity. She is the the Author of “I Am AspienGirl: The Unique Characteristics, Traits, and Gifts of  Females on the Autism Spectrum”, Foreword by Dr. Judith Gould, “I Am AspienWoman:  The Unique Characteristics, Traits, and Gifts of Adult Females on the Spectrum, Foreword by Dr. Shana Nichols and AspienPowers: The Unique Constellation of Strengths, Abilities, Talents and Gifts of Females on the Autism Spectrum. Tania is an award winning author, nationally recognized Psychologist, an Autism Consultant, an APS Autism Identified Practitioner, a Helping Children With Autism Early Intervention Service Provider, a Better Start Early Intervention Provider, a Medicare Approved Mental Health Provider and a Secret Agent Society (SAS) Trained Group Facilitator. For further information go to http://www.taniamarshall.com and http://www.aspiengirl.com

 

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Tania Marshall is a 2015 ASPECT Autism Australia National Recognition Awards Nominee  (Advancement category), a 2015 eLIT gold medal book award winner.

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I AM AspienGirl wins a 2015 eLIT GOLD Medal

2015 eLIT Gold Medal Award for I Am AspienGirl

2015 eLIT Gold Medal Award for I Am AspienGirl

2015 ASPECT Autism Australia National Recognition Awards

2015 ASPECT Autism Australia National Recognition Awards Nominee in Advancement Category

Tania Marshall has worked in the field of psychology for 20 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 is a nationally recognized psychologist and provides diagnostic assessment impressions, support, intervention, problem-solving sessions and/or consultations via Skype or in-person. Tania is 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 full-time private practice, 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).

Twenty 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 had worked with manyindividuals 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, experience and assisted 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, 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 and/or other professionals. 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 also completed an 18-month post-Masters externship in private practice, supervised by a Clinical Psychologist.

Since then,Tania has worked in private practice, providing a wide variety of assessments and services to people of all ages. She has now worked with hundreds of neurodiverse individuals.

Tania Marshall was invited to be interviewed about her role and impressions as a Secret Agent Society Social Skills group program facilitator, and what benefits she had noticed, with the children she taught specific groups skills to. This program was created and developed by Dr. Renae Beaumont. This interview can be viewed at http://www.sst-institute.net/au/parents/testimonials/

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Invited to be interviewed about the Secret Agent Society Social Skills Program by the creator, Dr. Renae Beaumont http://www.sst-institute.net/au/parents/testimonials/

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 at http://www.aspiengirl.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.

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I Am AspienGirl, #1 Best Seller

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

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SOY Aspiengirl: Las características, rasgos y talentos únicos de las niñas y mujeres en el Espectro Autista, translated by Profesor Carolina Rodriguez, 2015

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SOY Aspiengirl: Las características, rasgos y talentos únicos de las niñas y mujeres en el Espectro Autista, translated by Profesor Carolina Rodriguez, 2015

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 Autis, Spectrum, Foreword by Dr. Shana Nichols, continues on where I Am AspienGirl left off, including a large Mentor section lead by Dr. Temple Grandin.

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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

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AspienPowers, preorder at http://www.aspiengirl.com, available mid 2015

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AspienPowers, preorder at http://www.aspiengirl.com, available mid 2015

Tania has received many requests for a “boy” version of I am AspienGirl and is now writing I Am AspienBoy.

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I Am AspienBoy: The Unique Characteristics, Traits and Gifts of Young Males on the Autism Spectrum, currently being written and Coming 2015

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

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Behind the Mask: The Narratives of Females on the Autism Spectrum, by Tania A. Marshall. 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 2017-2015.

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Photo of Professor Uta Frith and her grand-daughter, provided for an interview with Tania Marshall, available at https://taniaannmarshall.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/professional-interview-series-professor-uta-frith/

Tania regularly attends professional development trainings 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 on-line. 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 attended Dr. Ross Greene’s “The Explosive Child” Seminar, and briefly met and discussed children with Autism with him.

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.

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Meeting Dr. Temple Grandin, a highlight of my career

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.

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Tania Marshall attended Dr. Tony Attwood’s workshop training on Female Asperger Syndrome/Autism

Tania attended the NOVA pathways to employment seminar, where she was privileged to meet a number of the following amazing people.

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Berinda Karp and Tania Marshall at the Nova Employment Conference 2013.

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Embracing the Other Half Psychology Clinic (ETOH) Dr Julie Peterson (Clinic Director) and Tania Marshall

Embracing the Other Half Psychology Clinic (ETOH) Dr Julie Peterson (Clinic Director) and I.

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Tania Marshall and Kathy Lette, one of the funniest women I have ever met.

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”.

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Best-Selling Author Kathy Hoopman and Tania Marshall

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

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Tania highly recommends the use of animals in therapy and psychology clinics

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:
For example,

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 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 admin@centreforautism.com.au

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An AspienGirl Book Series Media Headshot

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:

  1. Professor Uta Frith discusses her career, autism , theory of mind, her research , her students and more
  2. Former model, singer and psychology student Maja Toudal
  3. Director Rich Everts of the United States of Autism Movie
  4. Lynn Marshall, Canadian ParaOlympic Developmental Coach
  5. Director and Actress Olley Edwards, who just completed her first movie and first book on female Asperger Syndrome
  6. Best-Selling Author Kathy Hoopman
  7. World Champion Kickboxer Jo Redman
  8. Professional entertainer Chou Chou Scantlin
  9. Actress Honey Parker
  10. Author Jeanette Purkis
  11. Brandy Nightingale
  12. MarsOne Project Applicant, Actress, Directer, Model Sybelle SilverPheonix
  13. Psychology student, Model, Singer Maja Toudal
  14. Musician, singer and Song Writer Maja Nillson
  15. Musician and Violinist Lydia Tay

I am Aspiengirl,  I am Aspienwoman and Aspienpowers books can be purchased from http://www.aspiengirl.com

Tania can be found at:

http://www.taniamarshall.com

http://www.aspiengirl.com

22 thoughts on “Professional Biography

  1. Hi Summer, thank-you for your message. Many aspiengirls are highly gifted and quirkiness can certainly be dismissed as only giftedness. There are gifted people without Aspergers. IT would seem more likely that your daughter may also be on the Spectrum, as you mentioned that your son has been informally diagnosed. Is there Asperger Syndrome elsewhere in your family history? Something for you to think about. As for specialists where you are, have you tried your local Autism Society?

    • Thank you so much, Dr. Marshall. I’ve put a call in to my daughter’s counselor to set up a neuro-psyche eval. It’s been a long, frustrating journey, but I’m confident we’ll finally meet a good end.

      I’m wondering if you could possibly remove my comment from your site? I didn’t realize that my comment was going to be posted right to the site. I was trying to email you personally.

      Thank you again, so very much. Your website is the first one I’ve found that really helps our situation.

      Summer

      • Hi Summer, please don’t give up. Unfortunately, until resources, research and more professional specialised in this field, it will continue to be a battle. I have removed your comment and I wish you all the best. I can be reached at tania_marshall@hotmail.com for services. Thank-you for you kind words.

  2. Just wanted to say I think it is fantastic that you are specializing in Autistic/Aspergers females – we are such an overlooked group. I’m not formally diagnosed (yet) but my son, almost 6, was diagnosed last October. I have always thought he was so “like” me. Upon researching Aspergers (my “special interests” are medical conditions) I recognized myself in the few lists of female manifestations of AS that I found. It was a profound moment for me – so many things now make sense. I always knew something was different – sensory issues, meltdowns, odd social skills that my parents just minimized and insisted were all in my head. Thank you for not only helping with awareness, but also for helping women like me.

  3. Hi! Thank you for your wonderful blog. I am a 30 year old female who was diagnosed a couple of months ago with Aspergers. In the process of being diagnosed I went through many of your blogs, and you helped me get through the initial shock VERY quickly. I was diagnosed because I went to get tested for ADD because I was having trouble in certain aspects of school. Mi have done countless research on the subject of adult women with Aspergers. I realize that even thought was only recently diagnosed, I have spent my whole life fighting against it. I decided to start my own blog on the subject as a way to make available more resources. I am also a lesbian in a committed relationship. I would like to invite you to follow my blog. If you want to, of course :).

    • Hello lesperger and thankyou so much for your message. I am pleased that you found my blogs helpful in your diagnostic assessment. I hope it help the many others all over teh world that we are now becoming aware of. This is such a new area, in terms of the female profile. Thank-you for inviting me to your blog and I will certainly take a look at it. Congratulations – you have Aspergers:-). I wish you all the best.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this information. I didn’t realise that Griffith Uni had an Autism program – I am finishing off a social work degree through them at the moment. I am currently in the process of pursuing an Asperger’s assessment in Sydney. An acquaintance of mine, who has Asperger’s, noticed that we shared a lot of qualities and recommended Steven Den-Kaat (back in 2010). I didn’t pursue an assessment at that time for personal reasons. However, reading up on Autism/Asperger’s, particularly female traits of Asperger’s, recently has made me reconsider because I have a lot of those characteristics. Although I have experienced a lot of adversities in life I have also experienced a lot of the challenges that go hand-in-hand with Asperger’s.

  5. Hi Tania, I am interested in finding out if I have Aspergers. How does the diagnosis process work? Can I work with you? I live in the US in Colorado. In fact, my home town is Fort Collins where Temple Grandin lives and works. I look forward to your reply.

    Kindly,
    Jennifer Spencer

  6. Hi Dr. Marshall, finding your blog has been both horrifying and liberating. I’m certainly convinced that I have Asperger’s or some form or HFA and was wondering if you’ve ever found any link between aspergers/autism and migraines/headaches. I have suffered awful headaches for as long as I can remember and only am just now starting to think I may have aspergers but the more I read about it, the more it seems there is a definite connection between the two.

  7. Dear Dr. Marshall, thank you for the work you’re doing and having this website about women, by a woman. I was dx with schizoid personality in the ’70s at age 20, and re-dx 5 years ago with Asperger’s when my daughter was dx with high functioning autism & GID. It was traumatizing, but a huge weight was lifted, now I can be myself & I don’t have to try so hard, & I raise my daughter to be herself instead of conforming to sexist standards of behavior. Knowing about me, helps me to be her life/social skills coach so she can have a very different life than I did. In the US there doesn’t seem to be much on GID/Asperger’s, we’re on our own, at least in my town, haven’t ever met many other women or girls, either. So thanks again, I will share your site with my daughter (age 16).

  8. Your article has just helped me to realise what has been the matter with me all my life. I’m 51 and my 17 year old daughter has Aspergers too, so it’s through searching initially for her that I am now reflecting on my own experiences. I’m in therapy at the moment and have a DID diagnosis but reading this I can see that the two are linked. Help!

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  11. Thank you for your excellent work! As I have researched female ASD, attempting to help my daughter, I began to realize that the apple of my eye didn’t fall far from the tree… At 58, with a pretty wrecked career, your AspienWoman list was a serious wake up call, or as my daughter noted, it would be easier to just cross off the few that DON’T apply.

    I have often had to tell my daughter, when she asked me how to ‘fix’ her social awkwardness/anxiety, I have honestly had to tell her “You’re asking the wrong person because I never figured that one out myself”. It doesn’t change the past, but it does provide perspective, and a greater degree of self-tolerance. It has been frustrating me for my entire life… in some ways, i am freaking brilliant – but i can’t get it out in any coherent order, and my social skills (for networking, etc) are just gawd-awful!

    I managed to complete a Ph.D. but also managed to get ‘blackballed’ –probably over the infamous lack of social skills– and I have never trusted it since. I may have to re-think that.

    Again, thanks for your work!

  12. Dr Marshall, I am currently in my second year of my Masters in Applied Disability Studies and am applying for the PhD program. I have asperger’s. Can you please give me some areas of study that I can focus on in my PhD that are currently lacking in regard to women with Asperger’s? I would greatly appreciate your help. You can reach me at healing_yourself@hotmail.com. My name is Gina. I would greatly appreciate your assistance. I am in the process of applying as we speak. I hope this finds you well. Gina

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