Book Reviews on Special Needs
and Disability Topics


October 2011

Review by Special Needs Almanac

Sensitive Sam
Marla Roth-Fisch,
author and illustrator

This award-winning book is an absolute godsend for every parent or caregiver dealing with a child with sensory issues. It received the 2009 Book of the Year Award from Creative Child Magazine’s Creative Toy Awards.

Carol Kranowitz, MA, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, widely considered as the bible of sensory integration disorder information, says that “[t]his delightful book will put a ‘special twinkle’ in the eyes of special kids with sensory processing disorder, as Sam expresses recognizable feelings before, during, and after therapy!”

The book Sensitive Sam follows Sam through a typical day before his parents realized he had sensory issues. He and his parents knew he absolutely could not stand certain foods, smells, textures and sensations, but they did not know why. He was being thought of as difficult and a picky eater.

One day, his teacher called Sam’s parents and explained to them that Sam could benefit from OT (occupational therapy). He went for OT, and was able to work through many of the things that had caused him distress before.

This is a very positive book that will demystify sensory issues and offer hope to people with sensory issues, as well as their families. Sensory issues usually do not go away on their own. Often, they will get worse if left untreated, but there are highly successful, tried-and-true therapies for sensory issues. This book also shows people with sensory issues that they are not alone – there are other people like them.

About the Author:

Marla Roth-Fisch’s son, Sam, has Sensory Processing Disorder. Marla is a happily married mother of two, an involved parent and an active board member of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. She is very involved in the special needs community, with numerous meaningful projects that have improved the lives of families throughout the world.

Highly recommended for parents, family members and caregivers of children with sensory issues.

Five stars out of five.

Reviewer: Special Needs Almanac

The Source for Special Needs

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