Welcome To Our Secret World

  • I’ll Never Give Up On Him

    I remember attending a speech therapy play session at the start of our autism journey. My son Freddie was 3 years old. He’d officially been diagnosed just over 6 months previous to this. I was excited and nervous. The autism world was all still fairly new. I didn’t really understand what or how severe autism was going to affect Freddie.…

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  • I didn’t see it then, but I do now…

    I’ve been feeling a lot lately like I need to get my words out, get my feelings out. It tends to happen when my husband is away at work, which… Read More

  • Life is Full of Bittersweet Moments

    I was looking through pictures on my phone the other day and came across a picture that caused me to pause. The special picture is of Brian with his cute… Read More

  • I am the Lucky One

    I get to see and hear the world through his eyes. We dance to our reflections in windows. We twirl to music. We lay on the ground just to feel… Read More

  • Listen with your Heart

    Hearts have always been my son’s favorite shape. Because of his autism and limited verbal skills, in all of his five years on earth he hasn’t told me this, I… Read More

  • Regression SUCKS

    Yes – I said it. Regressions sucks. Seeing my son who works so hard everyday lose skills and gain more anxiety is one of the most difficult aspects of this… Read More

  • The Day He Passes You

    I absolutely love being a boy mom. Race cars, dirt, and ornery smiles. I had just found out we were pregnant that week with our second blessing. We were sitting… Read More

  • A Family of Five

    ‘I think it’s terrible that you go places without Cooper all the time. I think you are awful, awful parents. And you are teaching your other children that Cooper doesn’t… Read More

  • The Price of Strength

    Raising two girls with autism has made me stronger than I ever imagined I could be. I have found strength at my low points that looking back feels like someone… Read More

  • As Long As He’s Healthy

    While at a recent doctor appointment I was chatting with a young, pregnant woman. I congratulated her and asked her if she knew the sex of the baby. She said… Read More

  • Can Children with Severe Autism be Happy?

    When a child is diagnosed with autism, it can feel like the whole world is collapsing. I should know — I felt that way in 1999 when my son, Lucas,… Read More

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About Me

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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