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Sensitive Sam…

  • is comforting to children
  • reassuring for parents
  • an inspiring resource for professionals

The first book;  Sensitive Sam


"Sam's sensory adventure has a happy ending!"

Sensitive Sam is a real-life story of challenges and successes related to a special boy with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  It is reassuring for parents, comforting to children, and an inspiring resource for professionals.

In this read-together children's book, Sam explores different types of sensory situations from home to school to the Occupational Therapist's office.  However, the book is actually a quick reference guide to Sensory Processing Disorder because it offers a glossary of terms and website resources mixed in with its rhythmic and expressive language and bright illustrations. 

Sam interprets his surroundings, explaining from a child's perspective what it's like to have SPD.  The book allows adults to better understand what their child may be experiencing with SPD.  It helps illuminate a very complicated and misunderstood topic, offering the opportunity  of opening communication visually as well as verbally among parents, grandparents, caregivers, professionals, and children.

The book offers a unique conclusion:  Given the personal tools to help manage many of his daily sensory challenges which will make him more comfortable in his sensory surroundings, a child who feels different isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Sensitive Sam won 2009 Book of the Year award by Creative Child Magazine.  It was cited as a "Healthy Reads" by Parents Magazine, May 2010, and listed as a resource under Temple Grandin's article in Denver's 5280 Magazine

The book is endorsed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Carol Kranowitz. 

The author/illustrator, “Marla Roth-Fisch is considerate in her depiction of the thought processes of a child with SPD, lending to renewed perspective for parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists as to what their children may also benefit in understanding what their peer is going through. This truly is a children’s book suitable for everyone, encouraging stimulating communication about Sensory issues."  (Mia at General Hysteria) 

A portion of the proceeds of Sensitive Sam benefit continued research and committed advocacy of Sensory Processing Disorder.


Second book;  Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist

This lively story includes a variety of worthwhile resources for kids’ dental visits, from caring adults that know exactly what to do. Endorsed by dentists and child development experts. 

 Advance Praise for Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist

“Having a good first experience with going to the dentist will help a child with autism tolerate the 
dentist. This book will help children on the spectrum better understand visits to the dentist.”
Dr. Temple Grandin
prominent advocate for the autistic community, an
animal expert and the subject of an award-winning film
“What could be more difficult for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) than a visit to the 
dentist? Even the thought of the appointment can send some children into a meltdown.
Now, finally, there is a book for children that moms and dads can read to and with their child 
at home before they go to the dentist. When the story is read over and over again, a child will 
internalize the message: ‘I am happy now, my dental exam, a breeze. And it’s time for Mom, sis, and 
I to leave.’I highly recommend this entertaining and pragmatic approach to increasing the comfort of children 
with SPD when visiting their dentists! Happy teeth cleaning to all!”
Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
founder of the first comprehensive Sensory
Processing Disorder research program