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  • Becoming Brothers

    We have two boys – just 15 months apart. Usually when I tell someone this, I get comments like how lucky – they will be BEST friends. Do they get along? Do they fight a lot? I bet they keep you busy. Well, the last of these statements is certainly true but the others – I never thought it was…

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  • We Take Nothing for Granted in our World

    Last night, my five-year-old graduated from preschool. It was a super big deal in our world. He wore a cap and gown. He practiced a song for weeks in the… Read More

  • The Resilience of a Sibling

    I’ve always wanted to be a mom. For as long as I could remember, I’ve dreamt of having kids of my own and having a big family. When my husband… Read More

  • Living With Self-Injurious Behaviors

    One thing I’ve learned as the mother to an autistic child, is that when your child has self-injurious behaviors, you’ll never be able to describe the feeling accurately. I’ve also… Read More

  • Stop Worrying and Enjoy Your Child

    Yesterday, there was a beautiful noise at our house. One that seemed out of place. One that we rarely hear. One that for years was hard to produce. It was… Read More

  • I Am A Cerebral Palsy Dad

    Some of my favorite stories involve the relationships between fathers and sons. I lost my own father when I was 15 to lung cancer. My dad was my best friend.… Read More

  • I Want You To Make Me Go Away Mommy

    Today, I picked up my five year old son with autism from preschool, screaming, hyperventilating, and distraught. His one and only best friend decided he didn’t want to play with… Read More

  • I Still Would Have Chosen You

    I stumbled across a poem on Pinterest today by Terri Banish. It is titled, ‘I Still Would Have Chosen You.’ I read it. And I read it again. And again.… Read More

  • You Would Make a Great Big Brother

    Before having children, my husband and I would talk about how many little feet we would like to have running around the house. Many times we would agree on two… Read More

  • A Foot in Two Very Different Worlds

    Last week, my five-year-old son Sawyer spent four days with his grandparents and his cousin. They fished, swam, biked and lived the cabin life. I was so excited for him… Read More

  • I Used to Hide my Son from the World

    I used to hide my son from the world. That sounds terrible, I know. But there was a brief period of time that I felt better by keeping him cooped… Read More

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Finding Cooper's Voice is a safe, humorous, caring and honest place where you can celebrate the unique challenges of parenting a special needs child. Because you're never alone in the struggles you face. And once you find your people, your allies, your village....all the challenges and struggles will seem just a little bit easier. Welcome to my page!


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When my son was first diagnosed with autism no one was talking about it. Autism was hidden. I vow to change that.

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