Welcome To Our Secret World

  • Silence and Sunshine

    My son, This morning was one of those great mornings. You and I, sitting side-by-side, taking in the morning in our own familiar way. You on the couch surrounded by 7 fleece blankets and treasures. Me, right next to you in the recliner, feet up, drinking coffee. The news was going on about something or another but I couldn’t really…

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  • The Third Child

    There is just something about the third child. I hear they rule the roost usually. And are often little stinkers. Both true for this one. Right now he’s two years… Read More

  • He Waits for Me

    For the last few weeks, I have been spending a lot of my time driving back and forth to visit my dad in the hospital. And it’s no short trip.… Read More

  • Tearing Down the Walls

    I read a quote a while back that told older moms to be the friend they needed when they were younger. I think about it often in relation to my… Read More

  • Baby Shower

    When I look at these photos from my baby shower I see so many amazing things. I see a group of women brought together by a little boy who has… Read More

  • A Colorful Life

    Children are survival pros. Immediately after birth, they usually come to their desired goal by screaming. I admit, the needs are still manageable and easily met: they are either hungry or thirsty,… Read More

  • The Beginning of Our Autism Journey

    When my first son Parker was born, he was a big baby with a ton of awesome hair. It was all I ever heard. People would say, “Look at all… Read More

  • Behold, the Autism Mama

    My son Jack has autism.  He was born on Mother’s Day, in 2004.  Over the past sixteen-almost-seventeen-years, I have had to tell and re-tell his diagnosis so many times, I’ve… Read More

  • With Goally, The Goal is Independence

    When my son was diagnosed with autism at age three, I will admit I didn’t know a lot about it. I was told a lot of things of course and… Read More

  • To the Medical Mama: I now Understand

    How many times have I watched from a distance, mostly from behind a screen, as special needs parents spent weeks or even months in the hospital with their child, and… Read More

  • How to Treat a Child With Autism: Look to the Siblings

    Happy Autism Awareness Month! I know the calendar has become saturated with bizarre days of observation, from National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, to International No Diet Day, to National Margarita… Read More

  • It Could have Been the Last Time

    See that voicemail from my dad? I just saw that it was there. I didn’t know until a few minutes ago. I find as my kids get older, and use… Read More

  • Our Kids are More Than Their Hard Moments

    I had the absolute honor of sitting down and chatting with an amazing adult advocate last week to talk about her diagnosis, her challenges growing up, and her successes in… Read More

  • The Transition from Child to Caregiver

    I spent the last few days in the hospital with my dad. He is 79. When we are young we think our parents are invincible. We never pause to think… Read More

  • Our Family Has Come so Far

    One of the things I am practicing lately is reflection. Specifically, reflecting on how much has changed over the years. And how far our family has come. See that boy… Read More

  • I Don’t Let the Hard Moments Steal My Joy Anymore

    Back when I was new to mothering, and new to autism, and also new to challenges outside of my control, I would spend a lot of time wondering and worrying.… Read More

  • The Other Side of the Table

    Five years ago I became a teacher; five years ago I also became the mother to a son in heaven. August 12th, 2016 I came home from my first new… 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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