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  • It’s Just a Bracelet

    I purchased my son Rory a medical bracelet. When the lady asked what I wanted to write on it I paused. ‘How many words can I put on it?’ And she said, ‘why, what do you want to put on it?’ I thought for a minute…Should my son ever wonder off,Should he ever get lost in a park,Or if we…

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  • When He Outgrew Cute

    When he outgrew cute The looks changed from compassion to concernedTowards him And towards those who supported him. And sometimes disgust Overshadowed concern As he stubbornly clung to his ways.… Read More

  • Quarantine Confession

    Every day we wait outside for a package we never ordered. The days of quarantine are long, especially for a child with special needs.  The lack of routine is brutal. … Read More

  • Old Autism Mama

    If you are reading this, there is a good chance someone you know has autism.  Hi. My name is Carrie. I have five kids, and my second son, Jack, has… Read More

  • A Moment in the Park

    It was a beautiful evening. The puppy needed a walk, Gracie needed out of the house, so we went to the park. It was quiet, only a few kids here… Read More

  • The Phone Calls We Take

    I have been on countless phone calls in my lifetime.  There was a time in my youth where I loved getting all the phone calls on my birthday, relatives singing… Read More

  • Quarantine, Autism and Never Giving Up

    Oh, quarantine and autism. You have been a doozy. You would think we would have embraced this socially distant period like all the autism memes suggested at the beginning of… Read More

  • A Boy of No

    Once upon a time, there was a boy who always said no. When he was very small and didn’t have his words, he learned to sign it with his fingers.… Read More

  • Walk a Mile in Autism

    A poem for my 16-year-old brother with autism: Neil Kurshan said, “Walk a mile in my shoes is good advice. Our children will learn to respect others if they are… Read More

  • I’ve Been a Primary Caregiver for 30 Years. Here is What I Want you to Know:

    Hi, my name is Kelly and I am the mother to an amazing young man named Steven. He was diagnosed with autism at age 2 and later apraxia. He recently… Read More

  • Petition: BAN Videos of Children’s Autism Meltdowns

    Imagine you are having your worst day. You lose your job, furnace breaks, your dog runs away and your spouse asks for a divorce. You are clearly struggling. And then… Read More

  • Never Miss a Moment

    Recently I took my son to a local indoor water park for a few hours.  He loved it.  I had a few very interesting social observations. One of the most… Read More

  • How I Forgive

    Did you see that story about that school in New Jersey who left a student with Down Syndrome out of the yearbook? Her name is Glenda. She is twenty-one years… Read More

  • Today, Be A Tiny Bit Selfish

    Have you had them yet? The days that are a little harder to get out of bed, maybe because there’s nowhere to be or maybe because you just don’t want… Read More

  • He Loves You Kiddo

    He loves you kiddo.  I know it’s hard to see since he doesn’t care too much to play with you.  Closing in on 5 years old, and missing half your… Read More

  • 10 Things That Helped Me During Meltdowns As An Autistic Child

    One of the more common questions I get asked as a professional speaker and autism self-advocate is about my communication challenges. After this question though the majority of the questions… Read More

  • Hope, Shifting

    Hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation, to want something to happen or be true. –Merriam-Webster Dictionary In the beginning, I hoped he would outgrow it.  I hoped he would sleep… 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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