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The Story of Us

Family 6

We have lots of new followers here! Welcome to our little corner of the internet.

We are the dad (Jamie), the mom (Kate), and the littles.

Cooper is 10. – Lover of trains.
Sawyer is 8. – Protector and hockey player.
Harbor is 2. – Wants to be a T-Rex.
Wynnie is 3 months. – Perfect addition to our family.

We talk a lot about autism over here and how our family has settled into it. We aren’t perfect and have made lots of mistakes but we do our best to live and learn. Autism changes a whole entire family. No parts are left untouched. So to tell our son Cooper’s story we have to tell you the story of us.

We have these big dreams of changing the world. So that when you, a person without autism in your life, goes to the grocery store and sees a person twirling in circles in the aisle or frustrated in line, that you take notice of the subtle signs. Like hands covering ears or arms happy flapping and you think of Cooper.

You think of the boy who loves trains and how he speaks with a computer and his brothers and parents who ask you to have grace. And show kindness.
Thank you for being here. We want you to comment and ask questions and share. We want you to listen and learn. Be curious. While autism isn’t new by any means, it is relatively new to being celebrated out loud. We make a lot of videos and share a lot of stories to do that.

And lastly, I wrote a book. Well, they all contributed. They are all in the story. And more. Marriage, siblings, sleep deprivation, anxiety, education, isolation, my viral video, bullying. It’s all in there. And it’s available for presale on Amazon. It even made it into the top 100! Which is pretty stinking cool.

It’s on sale today! Which is also cool. I would be honored and so thankful if you preordered it. (Amazon won’t charge you until April)

Here is a link: Forever Boy

Thank you for being here!

I also have a supporter group if you want more of a community. Click the blue button that says become a supporter. That group has saved me countless times. It’s absolutely amazing.

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 our journey. You can also follow us on Facebook, subscribe for exclusive videos, and subscribe to our newsletter.

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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