The Woman who Understands my Son

I am so BEYOND thankful for SO many teachers and therapists for my 7 year old son Mason. It’s hard to choose just one to honor.

My husband, Zach and I, have 2 sons with special needs. We love to swim, visit parks, and watch Mickey/PJ Masks.

Mason is 7 with moderate autism and has low verbal abilities.

Jonas is 3 1/2 with pervasive developmental delays and will be assessed for autism soon.

While I think our boys are the sweetest, funniest boys ever, they have a lot of challenges to overcome.

I would love to give a big shout out to my son’s ABA field trainer, Erin O’Brien. She was his first ABA technician when he was 3 years old.

I had absolutely no clue how to help Mason. She could get him to respond to her like no one else could. Mason truly loved her and spending time with her twice a week. Erin would do anything for Mason. Silly laughs and games over and over.

The most amazing part was how she drew words, positive behaviors, and so much out of Mason. She could read him so well.

As his current field trainer, she helps create his programs.

Whenever I have a concern with Mason and I bring it to her, she immediately has plan to help him and us. When I feel like I can’t see how things get better, she has ideas and helps us out.

She does public outings and sits on the mall floor with Mason while he has a giant meltdown. Nothing he does ever phases her or changes how she treats him with love and care.

Erin helps Mason and keeps me sane all at once.

Thank you for all you do for Mason and our family, Erin! We would not be where we are today without you! You have a piece of our heart.

Note: We don’t have many pictures of Erin with Mason because she can’t take them for her job. The only one we do have is while she is helping him at the mall.

Written by, Katie Koole-McCurdy

Katie and her husband, Zach, have two beautiful sons, Mason (7, moderate autism) and Jonas (3, pervasive developmental delays). Katie also teaches health and Family Consumer Science to junior high and high school students. In her free time, she loves to read and socialize with friends. Follow her story at:

(Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Katie Koole-McCurdy and is part of Cooper’s, ‘I’m Thankful For You’ Campaign.)

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