Marla Roth-Fisch, Award-Winning Children's Author/Illustrator, Speaker

Dedicated advocate for children with sensory challenges.

During our four-year-old son’s parent/teacher conference, his Montessori teacher noticed some different behavior during school time, so she bluntly told us she thought our son had Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SPD, better known today as Sensory Processing Disorder). Thinking the absolute worst while holding back the tears and feeling a lump in my throat, my husband and I said, “What is that? And how do we get rid of it?” The message delivered from the teacher may not have been the most professional; however, it changed the course of our family’s life.

Marla Roth-Fisch is the creative author and talented illustrator of the Sensitive Sam series. She draws on her personal experience as a happily married mother of two, including a son with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Sensitive Sam was chosen by Parents Magazine as one of their ‘Healthy Reads’ in the May 2010 issue and has won the 2009 “Book of the Year Award” presented by Creative Child Magazine. Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist won the 2015 “Book of the Year Award” in “Kids Books for Sensory Issues” from Creative Child Magazine. Both books are affordable resources on Amazon to share with family and friends who, in turn, would benefit from knowing what SPD is all about. It should be on library shelves and in health care professionals’ waiting rooms.

Marla is also the Marketing and Subscriptions Manager for the international award-winning Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine, and in the past worked with NFL players in a non-profit capacity organizing celebrity basketball and softball events throughout California.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

The Sensitive Sam children’s book series offers its readers a greater understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) from a child’s perspective, plus tips and resources. It will ease the minds of children with SPD, as they can identify with "Sensitive Sam" and all of his sensory issues. They will learn that they are not alone on this special journey. Sensory Processing Disorder is unique to each child, and by being proactive and accepting, it can be helped with proper therapy (often called a “sensory diet”) so they can better handle sensory input to help them function effectively day-to-day! Sam's various sensory sensitivities adversely affect Sam's experiences, both at home and in the classroom. He walks readers through his typical day of sensory blunders (which many kids and families may find all too familiar).

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

I truly believe that having personal experience and being able to share that with others contributes to being an authority. I wrote Sensitive Sam because nine years ago there weren’t any resources that reassured both my child and myself that everything was going to be alright. Additionally, volunteering as a board member for over 12 years at The STAR Institute, the premier research and treatment center for Sensory Processing Disorder, has helped me understand SPD. Many people do not know that statistically 1 in 6 children are affected!

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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I especially enjoy sitting and reading Sensitive Sam at schools visits. The book opens up the door for discussion and questions about Sensory Processing Disorder. We play a couple of fun games, and sometimes my son (now 17) will join me so that the students can meet the real Sensitive Sam. I always have book marks for the kids, and at the end of my appearance I sign books and donate one or both of my titles to the classroom.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3


11-100  Appearances



Willing to Travel


Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Non-Fiction



Character Education


Education/College Preparation/Special Education





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