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  • Autism Outside the Safety Net of Home

    Yesterday, Jamie pulled me aside and asked if I thought Cooper was acting more autistic than usual. I told him no. Now before you gasp at that statement, know that it comes from love. And an increase in autistic type behaviors means pain, anxiety and other areas of concern. If we see him all of a sudden head hitting, lining…

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  • What Is Versus What Should Have Been

    There is an emotion that lives inside me now that I can’t really describe. It’s a mix of heartache, anxiety, helplessness and a feeling of being overwhelmed. There is actually a… Read More

  • Divide and Conquer: A Way of Life for our family

    This morning Sawyer had a family breakfast at his preschool. When we initially saw the invite we knew that if both Jamie and I wanted to attend we’d have to… Read More

  • Inclusion at Church

    This morning we are becoming members of a new church. This is our place. We love it there. Of course we had to find someone to watch Cooper. He can’t… Read More

  • That Moment When

    For some reason I thought about autism when my girls were babies. I kept track of their milestones, and as they grew, I was reassured when they continued meeting them… Read More

  • It’s Going to be Okay, Because You Will Make it Okay

    I often get overwhelmed by life. Parenting, working, surviving, money, winter, whatever. You name it. I’m human. But typically, the worries I carry around life have answers that I can… Read More

  • Let Your Child Show You The Way

    As a young child, my son Cody was always full of energy and often became dysregulated and would have meltdowns and tantrums for hours at a time. I remember sitting… Read More

  • Preparing to Move to a New Home

    Today, we had our walk thru in our new home. The home we are moving to in 11 days. To say we are excited is an understatement. Our family has… Read More

  • Making the Brave Choices

    In the very early days of Mark’s autism diagnosis, I found myself in a little, darkened observation room, perched in front of a two-way mirror watching Mark during his special… Read More

  • I Have Hope But My Heart Still Hurts

    My baby girl’s body is changing. At 9 years old I can see the beginnings of the tell tale signs of puberty. I am really hoping it will be a… Read More

  • Conveying Love Nonverbally

    Since Cooper was a baby, he has always touched my face. He will do it to get my attention or to show me something that’s important to him. He will… 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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