Welcome To Our Secret World

  • Are You Aware?

    Autism awareness needs to change. People need to understand what awareness is all about. It’s NOT looking at a kid who has autism and treating them like they’re neurotypical. It’s NOT saying, “oh, I’m sure that’s hard for any kid” when a parent says what they’re struggling with. You seeing my daughter’s autism and ignoring it is NOT awareness and…

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  • What Does Justice Look Like Here?

    As an attorney, I often read about lawsuits wondering what the best outcome for both parties will be. What does justice look like here?  I sat through what felt like… Read More

  • The Aftermath of an Autism Dignosis

    “Mommy, wake up. I love you,” I hear Rhys’s raspy little voice say into the darkness as he holds my face in his hands. It’s before 6am and that champagne… Read More

  • Diagnosis Day

    I know you are hurting. I know you are worried. I know your whole body is trembling, and clammy with sweat. I know, because I once heard the very words… Read More

  • The Shore

    Being a special needs parent sometimes feels like being dropped in the middle of a turbulent ocean while a storm rages on. My family and I have been thrown in… Read More

  • Wishing On Stars

    I’m trying not to obsess over signs that my daughter, Evie, is on the way to finding her own words. Not scripting, echoing or repeating; I mean her own feelings,… Read More

  • Shattered

    Shattered. Every morning I wake up shattered. Shattered because I never was able to pick up all the pieces from the day before. Extreme aggression you are the absolute worst.… Read More

  • I Blamed Myself For My Son’s Autism

    When I found out I was going to be a father, I was beyond excited. My wife and I had been trying to conceive for years before she got pregnant.… Read More

  • A Gift I Will Never Take For Granted

    I will never get over the gift of communication. Something so many take for granted. My newly two year old just told me he had an owie on his foot.… Read More

  • See Our Children For the Huge Success Stories They Are

    Everything that we do from the time we become school aged is based on some measure of success. As soon as we can fill in a dot on paper, we’re… Read More

  • A Letter Meant to Quiet an Already Silenced Child

    The weather outside is glorious. So you capitalize on it and pop out to get some fresh air with your child. Outdoors is their happy place. The place where they… Read More

  • Very Nice Boy

    Yesterday my son rode the bus for the first time to school. I was nervous. I thought about getting in my car and following but didn’t because I knew it… Read More

  • The First Ride

    Two weeks ago, this kid asked me to ride the bus. Sorta out of the blue. He verbalized it…’H-U-SSS.’ (B’s are hard for him.) He showed me busses on YouTube.… Read More

  • Victories At The Orchard

    Today was a big day for this kid and our family. We went to the Afton Apple Orchard. You know the kind with lots of noise and people and waiting and… Read More

  • Bird Set Free

    I used to feel trapped..like a bird in a cage. I couldn’t leave my home. I felt isolated from the world outside. I felt left behind from the life I… Read More

  • To My Special Son as You Approach Adulthood

    I cannot believe how quickly the last seventeen years has flown by.   When I glance over at you, intently focused on the television screen with unshaven stubble presently on… Read More

  • Winter

    Hi. My name is Carrie. I am a wife, a yogi, a writer, a book-reader, and a mother of five. I am also Special Needs Mama with a Special Needs… 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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