I Want Greeting Card


Last night when Cooper got home from school, he immediately ransacked his bag. He pulled everything out. Then grabbed his speech device and said…’I want greeting card.’ I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. As he got more frustrated, I got more confused.

Then this morning I get a text from his amazing therapist…’Did Cooper give dad the birthday card he made?!’ And then sent these photos. I seriously almost fell out of my chair.

First, my kid is a genius and amazing.

Second, he used his device to communicate something new. I had no idea he knew what a greeting card was or how to find the button. Which tells me he read it.

Third, he made something at school.

Fourth, he wanted to show us something he made at school. Let that sink in.

Fifth, this is spontaneous communication. That NEVER happens in our world.

Lastly, nonverbal is hard. It’s just hard. I wish he never had to be frustrated again. It’s getting better though. Communication, language, and the tools are key.

I am one proud mama right now. Baby steps friends. Just keep moving forward.

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Kate Swenson

Kate Swenson lives in Minnesota with her husband Jamie, and four children, Cooper, Sawyer, Harbor and Wynnie. Kate launched Finding Cooper's Voice from her couch while her now 11-year-old son Cooper was being diagnosed with autism. Back then it was a place to write. Today it is a living, thriving community of people who want to not only advocate for autism, but also make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her first book, Forever Boy, will be released, April 5, 2022.

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