Book Review: Sensitive Sam - By Marla Roth-Fisch

As you may be aware from reading prior posts on my blog, our son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) about a year ago. This last year has been quite a journey of learning about SPD and trying to educate our son's daycare providers, advocate for him and spread awareness to others.

About Sensitive Sam

I heard about a great book, Sensitive Sam, that was written and illustrated by Marla Roth-Fisch and was excited to receive a copy from the author to review and share with my family. I also can't wait to share this with my son's teachers - with the thought that it may help give them some insight about children with SPD, what their life is like and what can help them.

The book is written from the perspective of Sam, a young boy with SPD. The story takes you through a typical day in the life of Sam and through the ways that Sam reacts to the world around him and how through Occupational Therapy (OT) he learns strategies and tools to cope and regulate. The story has a happy ending when Sam realizes that with patience, a Sensory Diet, and a little work that he can try doing things a little differently to enjoy his life.

This book was published by Sensory World a proud imprint of Future Horizons - the world's leader in resources for Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and now Sensory Processing Disorder. Sensitive Sam won the 2009 Book of The Year Award from Creative Child Magazine and has received positive reviews from other authors of books about SPD (Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child, and Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, author of Sensational Kids) as well as from parents and readers that I have seen review it on sites like Amazon.com and several blogs.

My Thoughts on Sensitive Sam

The illustrations in this book are cute, relevant and easy for a child to relate to the story. The language is easy to understand. The story gives several good examples of the sensitivities kids with SPD may have, several good Sensory Diet ideas and activities that are done in OT. There is a glossary in the back of the book that explain terms like OT, SPD, and Sensory Diet. There is also a very helpful list of SPD resource websites.

I first read Sensitive Sam to myself. Reading this book was like reading a description of my son. It made me a little misty eyed, thinking of how it must be to live with SPD and how my son feels when people don't understand how he feels or why he reacts the way he does sometimes. I read this to my son and he recognized that Sam feels some of the ways he himself feels. He also recognized the listening therapy headphones, trampoline and Willbarger Brush in the illustrations. I think being able to directly relate to what Sam was going through made my son enjoy the story so much. We talked about him taking the book for show and tell so his teacher can read the book to the class and he liked that idea. It opened the lines of communication and got my son to open up and talk about his feelings.

I highly recommend this book to families of children with any type of sensory differences or kids with SPD. I would also encourage teachers, therapists and care providers to read this book to help others understand what it is like to live with SPD or sensory differences. I love the positive message of this book.

You can get a copy of Sensitive Sam at Future Horizons' website  - and You can get a 15% DISCOUNT by using my special code:  RETRO.  

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Future Horizons' online National Reviewing Network Blogging Team - in exchange for sharing my honest personal opinions and for helping spread awareness about resources available for families with children struggling with SPD, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.

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