Solitary Genius is an honest and unpretentious memoir that will speak to parents, teachers, students, or anyone who has ever felt alone in their own mind. Marshall explores what true listening means, and how it transformed her students. This wasn’t an overnight transition; it was a journey of love. Readers will finish the book with greater tolerance, empathy, and a new awareness of how embracing our differences can create deeper, more meaningful connections.
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Shawn DiNarda Watters, Ed. D./ University of Akron Wayne College
“I had my Sophomore Early Childhood Education majors read your book, Solitary Genius, as part of my course curriculum. They absolutely LOVE it! Your book has provided a foundation for class discussion and expansion, thank you.”
Hillary Wohl, PhD, CCC-SLP
"Maureen Marshall has written a captivating memoir in which she discovered that the power to change is born out of a consistent cushion of love, support, faith and encouragement This is heartfelt, genuine, and very rare."
Emily Heckmanco-author / Please Don't Label My Child
"Maureen Marshall has written a stunning, moving memoir chronicling the year she spent working with children with severe communication problems. During that time, Maureen also found herself. This is an important book, that shows that love—not medication or labels—is what will truly free every child."
Marie R. Kerins, Ed.D.Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology / Loyola University in Maryland
“Solitary Genius is a unique book that lends itself to multiple levels of learning. Mo Marshall openly shares her own struggles with learning, allowing her to see the inherent good in each of the children on the Autism spectrum that she works with after graduating from college. Mo focuses on the gifts each child uniquely has to offer, reminding us that regardless of who we are, we all sense when someone genuinely cares and respects us. As a professor of speech-language pathology in a Catholic Jesuit institution I look forward to using the book in my classes to teach the students about the complexities of the profession and of life.”