Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch {Review}

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Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch

Update: The winner of Sensitive Sam is Michelle C.!

Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch won the Creative Toy Awards 2009 Book of the Year Award. As the parent of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, I was excited to see it arrive in my box of review materials from Future Horizons and Sensory World.

As a member of the blogger review team for Future Horizons/Sensory World, I received a free copy of Sensitive Sam in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for details.

Sensitive Sam is a picture book for children. The language is simple, and the graphics help to explain the story. The book begins with descriptions of a little boy who has difficulty with almost everything because nothing feels right to him. His parents are concerned, and after a particularly difficult day at school, his teacher calls his parents in and discusses the possibility of Sensory Processing Disorder with them. They are referred to an occupational therapist, who watches Sam play and diagnoses him with SPD. Then Sam begins therapy to help him with sensory regulation. The story has a happy ending, offering hope to parents and children.

My family and I enjoyed reading this book. I especially like that it explains SPD in a way that is clear and easy for everyone to understand.

My daughter has benefited greatly from occupational therapy for SPD. Her therapists have been amazing and have taught us how to help her at home with sensory activities and by changing things we already do so they meet her needs better. This partnership between therapist and families, along with the improvement experienced from seeking help and following the plan, is communicated very positively in Sensitive Sam

If you’re looking for a way to explain Sensory Processing Disorder to others, this is a great tool to use!

How do you explain Sensory Processing Disorder to others?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of Sensitive Sam from Future Horizons in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own. I received no other compensation for this review.

Future Horizons has agreed to give a copy of Sensitive Sam away to one of you!

This giveaway is open to adults ages 18 or older in the continental United States. The giveaway will end on April 30, 2013, at 9:00 pm CDT. The winner will receive an email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond with the requested information. If I don’t receive your information on time, I will have to choose another winner. This giveaway is not administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media site. Please enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below.

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15 Responses to Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch {Review}

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  2. Shea says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! I didn’t even know children’s books explaining sensory issues existed. All 3 of my kiddos struggle with sensory issues to varying degrees. My oldest has tactile dysfunction and so struggles with clothing and simply cannot handle hugs or pats on the head etc. She has been in OT for some time and there has been some improvement. I would love to share this book with all her grandparents and my sister and some children that I know so they could maybe learn to be more understand about the clothes and touching.

  3. I’ve had my eye on this book for a few years. I’d love to have it for Bubba.

  4. MichelleH says:

    I think it would help my young daughter understand her older brother.

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  6. Nikole F says:

    My whole family has sensory issues to some extent, but my 6 year old son is the one who really struggles with SPD. This book would be very helpful for us.

  7. Becky says:

    I would use Sensitive Sam to help my older son understand his younger brother better. SPD is so hard to explain to others; it was even difficult for me to understand.

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  9. Monica smith says:

    If I don’t win this is a must buy…

  10. Seth Smith says:

    I think this would be great to read to my son.

  11. Katrina Snider says:

    This is a must for family and students who struggle with this disorder. It will gently guide them to understand and know there are simply more people with this disorder than just themselves. As an ESE Specialist, I would love to add to my repertoire because I am struggling right now with a child who has SPD. It is difficult on a day to day basis with her classmates.

  12. Michelle says:

    This would be a neat book to have for my granddaughter. Several of us are on the spectrum, a few have sensory issues including my grandchild.

  13. mackenzie h says:

    This is a great way to show my son he is not alone and others feel the same way sometimes.

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  15. Sarah C. says:

    My 6 year old daughter has an over responsive sensory disorder (as well as pdd-nos). I had no idea there were books like this out there! This would be an amazing book for her to learn that she’s not alone :)

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