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  • When They Mention Autism

    You know when you’re in a public place at a party, a BBQ or an assembly, and you’re sitting with other parents… You don’t know them well, but their kids are in your kid’s class, so you all group and make small talk. It’s all light and breezy and then you hear someone mention autism. And you just wait. Sometimes…

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  • In the Hard is Where I Found Myself

    Hi friends! I’m Shannon and this is how Autism help me find myself. My true self. I’m the proudest boy mom to the two most amazing boys. One of those… Read More

  • Adaptive Clothes are Becoming Mainstream and I’m So Excited

    “Are you ready to go back to school?!” is everyone’s favorite question to ask these days. Whit usually smiles this smug smile and gives a wink. Our soon to be… Read More

  • Brothers

    Here’s the thing no one told me about brothers. They fight. And they wrestle. They sneak punches. They take jabs. Like in this picture. They may be hugging. They also… Read More

  • A Lasting Impact

    I am looking at you, my son, after introducing you to the bomb squad guy at a historic bombsite. He was our supervisor during our traffic works. I see you… Read More

  • It Starts With Us

    I get a lot of emails. And messages. Even more comments. And many are from mamas of newly diagnosed kids. They typically come at 2 am. Or during a much… Read More

  • The Parenting Bar

    I was a less than great mom last night. I had all four kids alone, from newborn to toddler to an emotional 8 year old to Cooper and it was… Read More

  • You Don’t Grow Out of Autism

    You don’t grow out of autism. It’s not some phase a person is going through. Autism doesn’t end at 18. Regardless of the stories you may have read on the… Read More

  • A Place Where We Don’t Have to Apologize

    Good morning from our last day at camp! It’s hard for me to even put into words how much this weekend meant to me. A place where my son could… Read More

  • He Did It!

    He did it! He did it! He did it! I think horse therapy is in our future?! Up next is zip lining! The boys are having so much fun. I… Read More

  • Good Morning From Camp!

    Good morning from camp! We are just getting started! Everyone slept. Mostly. And everyone ate pancakes and sausage. Mostly. And everyone is having fun! Horses and laser tag are up… Read More

  • A Camp for Autism Families

    We are packed to the gills and headed to a family camp for children with autism. We. Are. So. Excited! We are also a little bit nervous because this is… Read More

  • Our Girl is on the Mend

    So many of you have asked for a Wynnie update. She is on the mend. Yesterday was a tough day but Children’s Minnesota did an amazing job. The care was… Read More

  • What a Difference a Covid Year Makes

    An old friend called me this weekend to check on our family. The discussion turned to the past. When Emily was a toddler, she was easily overstimulated by sounds or… Read More

  • I Never Needed More Until You

    “What do you want?” I remember as clear as day the moment he asked me that. I was nineteen. In college. I had a mediocre paying job that I loved,… Read More

  • Waving the White Flag

    Have you ever waved the white flag? Threw your hands up in the air and said no more. I’m there. Since my sweet baby girl was born on May 25… Read More

  • Time Changed When I had My Fourth Baby

    There are a lot of things that change when you have your fourth child. Many that didn’t surprise me. Your house suddenly feels a lot smaller for one and it’s… 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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