Holly loves doing experiments and learning new things in science class! But when she finds out the next experiment is making slime, she’s worried. Slime is made with glue, and glue is sticky. Holly has sensory issues because of her autism and doesn’t like anything sticky! With help from family and her teacher, Holly receives the accommodations and encouragement she needs to give slime a try.
Jen Malia is an autistic author and advocate. Her debut children's picture book, Too Sticky!: Sensory Issues with Autism (Albert Whitman, April 2020), is about a girl who has to overcome her fear of sticky hands to participate in a slime experiment. The main character is based on her own and her daughter's experiences living with autism and sensory issues. She knew doctors were wrong when they said her daughter had just a … Read More about About Jen Malia
The New York Times
By Jen Malia
October 15, 2019
“I knew then that if I couldn’t persuade my husband of five years to accept my daughter’s autism and my own, it would ruin our marriage and tear our family apart. Autism wasn’t just a medical diagnosis; it was part of our identities. To reject our autism was to reject us.”