A Boy Who Sees the World Differently

Cooper Baseball
One of the things I adore the most about my son Cooper is the way he gets excited over things.
Things that most people may not think are all that big of a deal.
Like a cow in a field.
Or when it rains.
The wind in his hair.
A tractor.
When we drive by Target.
A train t-shirt.
A crane.
A green light.
People who look like Santa.
Halloween decorations tucked away in a closet.
Photos of mom and dad as awkward teenagers.
And when his people join him on third base to run home.
He has no desire to stand there alone. Because than whose hand would you hold?
He gasps.
He high fives.
He chest bumps.
And he hugs.
A doctor once told me that people with autism are oblivious to their surroundings. That they don’t see the world around them.
Funny. While he may not see everything he sure can see the things that matter.
And he sure knows how to play the game of baseball.
It’s a gift I tell you. The gift of sight. Given to us by a boy who sees the world differently.
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.
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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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