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Finding Balance With Asperger's: "Sensitive Sam" by Marla Roth-Fisch

Sensitive Sam by Marla Roth-Fisch is the story of a little boy who has sensory integration disorder and needs to see an Occupational Therapist, OT, to help him. It’s a cute, short little book that covers a very serious topic that many children have to deal with nowadays, including my son, Quinn. Part of Quinn’s diagnosis of Asperger’s is sensory issues and, like Sam, Quinn will be seeing an OT. This book did a great job of preparing Quinn for his first therapy visit and letting him know what kinds of fun things they’ll be doing.  It did so in a way that was age appropriate for him and had nice illustrations by the author.

Quinn met with his OT for the first time on Tuesday, July 26 and was very happy to be ready, which is very important for him as “new” situations stress him out.  He was very glad to be able to tell her what he had learned from his fictional friend, Sam. We brought the book to share and the OT was very pleasantly surprised that such a book existed. I am happy that it made a possibly difficult situation much better.

If you know a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or with a sensory problem and who will be having OT, Sensitive Sam would be perfect for them. You can purchase it on Future Horizons,, and from most major book retailers.

Thank you to Marla Roth-Fisch for providing a complimentary copy of this book for us to base our review upon.