What our customers are saying…
H., 23 y old man on the Autism Spectrum, mother and brother
Living with someone who has ASD can be very challenging and for us the days before diagnosis were lonely, exhausting and frightening. From the moment we met Marianna she has given us expert advice and guidance, her impressive depth and breadth of experience is underpinned by an indomitable commitment and passion for her work. She is diligent, determined, focused and responsive.
When you are at your lowest Marianna’s resource of expertise inspires confidence and raises your spirits, her encouragement is thoughtful and helpful. Her natural calm, gentle demeanour gives comfort and reassurance when times are dark and overwhelming. Her understanding, compassion and genuine empathy for your fears and concerns afford relief and hope.
She has been part of our ASD journey for the last 9 years and for her company, advice, kindness and dedication to our wellbeing as a family we are truly grateful.
Dr C.F, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, Geneva, Switzerland
I have got the chance to know Marianna during my post-doc year at Great Ormond Street Hospital almost ten years ago. She immediately impressed me with her charisma, her knowledge and her generosity. I knew from the start she was somebody I wanted to learn from. Since then, we have been enjoying a rewarding international collaboration.
Marianna’s unwavering support and expert advice has been invaluable to help me set up my work in Autism in Geneva. Together we have designed and co-animated international meetings to disseminate evidence-based practices in diverse contexts. She has supported me to become ADOS2 Trainer and to set up ADOS2 trainings in Switzerland.
If I had to name a professional in the Autism field that shaped my knowledge and my practice, this would be Marianna. I simply love working with her, because it’s meaningful and fulfilling.
Dr R.S., MD (Paediatrics), PhD(developmental medicine), MEd (Autism), PsyDoc, Dip in psychotherapy and counselling , FRCPCH(UK), Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician, Dubai, UAE
Marianna is an exceptional professional. Along with her extensive training and knowledge she has sensitivity towards her clients and insight into their problems. Her kindness, compassion and gentle demeanor can put anyone at ease.
Her ability to impart knowledge, I noted, during the ADOS training. She was able to teach her students the nuances of autism and its presentations with aplomb. She made the course interesting and I personally learnt a great deal from her.
She extended her expertise to the Council for the Determined Ones (Special Needs) from the Dubai Police Academy (UAE) when we wrote the social stories and created a safety tool box for parents and teachers of children with autism.
Marianna is not only a dedicated professional but a wonderful human being and her contributions to the world of psychology is vast. She has enhanced lives of many people with special needs.
Dr A. K., PhD., ACVA, Bratislava, Slovakia
I have been working with Mariana since 2013. At the time, I was working in ARCA (Academic research centre for autism) in Slovakia and we realised that if we wanted to progress in the research, we needed golden standard diagnostic tool for ASD diagnostics. Similarly, clinicians in Slovakia struggled since they did not have valid tools for ASD diagnostic, since there were no clinicians trained and using this diagnostic tool.
We contacted Marianna and since then positive changes have started in Slovakia. Marianna has brought ADOS-2 to Slovakia and she has trained two ADOS-2 trainers who continue to train professionals in the field of ASD around Slovakia. Since the beginning Marianna emphasised the goal to create independent training programme so we can continue to train Slovak professionals by ourselves with her supervisions. She has been working with us since then, so we can keep international reliability that is essential in ADOS-2 use.
As a supervisor, Marianna is very supportive and understanding, willing to help and explain topics anytime I need it. Especially during our long-distance ongoing international training, she has always been committed to providing best quality and highly organized training and support. Marianna is also a brilliant clinician, knowledgeable and very experienced.
Her lectures/sessions have been always very engaging and well received among our trainees. I particularly admire her never-ending enthusiasm, creativity and energy when managing all her projects.
She has been my personal and professional inspiration and I am looking forward to further common projects in the future.
I have gathered a huge amount of knowledge on ASD and how to assess. One of the best training I have been on and I wish I had just one day of this training 20 years ago. It would have changed my practice.
Incredibly knowledgeable trainers and facilitators.
Dr J.A., Chartered Clinical Psychologist, UK
I have attended may training events over the many years of practice, but I rarely came across a trainer that is so knowledgeable, interesting, inspiring and supportive at the same time. Training to Marianna is not only acquiring knowledge and tools from which one can highly benefit in clinical practice but also going away with a strong motivation and enthusiasm to go and implement what you learned.
This is rare, so thank you sincerely!
L.S. Highly Specialised Speech and Language Therapist CBT practitioner specialising in ASD
I have been attending Marianna’s reliability meetings for some time and I always learn so much at each one. Marianna is incredibly knowledgeable about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the ADOS. She is also very generous in her knowledge and committed to helping others work in the field of Autism. Marianna supervises me for adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, which I use for children and young people who are on the autism spectrum and their families. I have learned so much from her. She helps me enormously and I have developed so much as a practitioner because of her interest, support and expertise. She is a very generous, encouraging and inspiring practitioner
Chris Barson, Director
Marianna has brought expertise, energy and insight as a trainer to our ADOS2 courses for more than five years. She is an integral part of why the courses are successful with participants from all over the World. She always gets great feedback and we simply couldn’t do it without her. As an organiser of ADOS2 courses I really appreciate Marianna’s professionalism, organisation and commitment. Nothing seems to faze her and she is equally at home chatting to staff in a Child Development Centre or addressing and enormous conference audience.