Martha Bolton – Emmy- and Dove- nominated writer, Martha Bolton is a playwright, TV writer and the author of over 80 books, including co-authoring the popular Piper the Hyper Mouse children’s books with Mark Lowry. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for over fifteen years and has also written for numerous children’s and teen magazines.


Silke Heyer, born in 1965, lives with her husband & her dog (aka ‘The Captain & The Inspirator’), in Lower Saxony, Germany. Graphic artist and architect by training, she manages her own little publishing company, primarily for comic strips as teaching materials. She is an Aspie according to the original description by Hans Asperger – “talkative & clumsy”, as she sums it up herself and therefore familiar with sensory issues from her own experience.


Ligon Family, Lisa Ligon (mom), Leslie Ligon (dad), Chloe (daughter-13) and Jesse (son-6). Jesse was diagnosed with autism at the age of two years and nine months. The family committed themselves to learning about autism to help Jesse. They started a web site business, Sensory Smart LLC, in 2010 to help families that are in similar circumstances. The inspiration for this book is a picture taken of Jesse at the beach. In the picture Jesse is on a noisy beach, in a life jacket, wet, holding a textured starfish, standing in water and yet he is OK. The front cover of the book is Silke Heyer’s adaptation of that picture. Jesse managed to make it through that day at the beach thanks to his progress in therapy, his parents, sister and his schedule. We want to share this day in order to bring awareness to autism.

 Co-editor and Jesse’s Occupational Therapist

Beth Sikes – Beth graduated from Samford University in 1993 with a BA in psychology. She attended Occupational Therapy school at the University of TN in Memphis and graduated in 1995. Since graduating Beth worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention schools, public school systems, home health, and outpatient care. She began private practice in 2007 and is part owner of The Therapy Center of Hendersonville, LLC. Beth treats kids of all ages with all types of disabilities, but has a focus on sensory processing disorders, fine motor, handwriting, feeding, and Neurodevelopmental treatment. She is certified to administer and interpret the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.


We would like to thank – Grandpa Herb and Grandma Pat and Amanda Williams, Jesse’s one on one ERC Assistant.