Welcome To Our Secret World

  • The Mistakes I’ve Made

    I’m going to tell you a not-so-secret secret. I have made some mistakes over the years in my parenting journey. Shocker, right? Not really I suppose. There are no perfect parents, and this stuff is hard. I have three boys. They are 10, 8, and 2. I also am 28 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. Life is about to…

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  • I Don’t Know Why

    Hi. My name is Carrie Cariello. I am married to a man named Joe. We have five children, and our second son, Jack, has autism.  Nearly seventeen years ago, I gave birth… Read More

  • Why Special Needs Mom’s Need to Find Their Tribe

    I remember being in college and hanging out with friends all the time. You had your education friends, the friends you made during Freshman orientation. If someone was walking down… Read More

  • My Son is More Than His Diagnosis

    On this day 6 years ago, our son Shawn Corey received his official diagnosis of mild to moderate Autism. I can’t even begin to describe or express how we have… Read More

  • We Are All Worthy

    Erase the word. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that simple? There are certain words that have such a negative impact. Words that describe race, sexual orientation, substance abuse,… Read More

  • Sometimes She Teaches Me

    My five year old was having a summer pandemic playdate complete with masks and social distancing. It had been a while since we had actually seen other people in-person outside… Read More

  • A Different Time

    There is a generation that had the knowledge they were given. The knowledge that our generation disagrees with. Now let’s turn back the clock… When Avery was undiagnosed, but old… Read More

  • That Old Famous Line

    Close your eyes. And just for a moment think back to the most important piece of advice you got when you were younger, on how to treat others. This is… Read More

  • The “R” Word

    Okay guys let’s talk about something…. The ‘R’ word. You all know the word I’m talking about. I want to ask you a favor…will you please erase this word from… Read More

  • The Power of Words

    “I’m so tired of hearing about special needs kids. They’ll be fine. They were retarded before Covid they’ll still be retarded after. So let’s just keeps those kids at home… Read More

  • Real Joy

    Can I tell you about a boy and his secret, amazing world. And joy. He is ten years old. His name is Cooper, although we mostly call him Snoopy Joe.… Read More

  • He is Made of the Wind

    ‘It’s a wondrous thing how the wild calms the child.’ – unknown There is something about being outside that makes life better. For all of Cooper’s life, we have made… Read More

  • What I Can Control

    One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me came from a pediatrician when my third son was 7 days old. I sat in the exam room, dirty… Read More

  • ‘I’m Here Buddy’

    Cooper has always reached for a hand to hold when we are in the community. But not just any hand. Typically mom or dad. He likes the comfort of us… Read More

  • We Just Want to Help Our Son

    I don’t understand anxiety but I’m trying. Most nights, after my son has fallen asleep, and I’ve tucked him in for the last time, I study his features and listen… Read More

  • To the Parent who Just Heard the Word Autism for the First Time

    People ask me all the time how I dealt with hearing that my son had Autism. Honestly, the effects Autism has had on me have nothing to do with him.… Read More

  • Invisible Threads

    Along the journey as a special need mother, we carry so much baggage. From the moment of diagnosis for our child; we immediately pack on the enormous amount of luggage… 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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