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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.

The Beginning-Part 2

By Kate Swenson / November 25, 2013 /

The Help Me Grow (HMG) program came to our house when Cooper was 14 months or so. Everything with Cooper seemed right on track except for the language. As I said earlier, I wasn’t all that comfortable with this whole process. I guess I was scared and sad. I will never forget one part of the evaluation. The teacher asked us what Cooper liked to do. I responded with, ‘play ball, read books, play with trucks.’ She immediately cut me off and said, “WHAT DOES HE DO WITH THE TRUCKS?” And…

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The Beginning

By Kate Swenson / November 25, 2013 /

I know when I tell Cooper’s story I need to start from the very beginning. When I am frantically searching for blogs that have to do with Apraxia, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ect, I always go to the beginning of the blog roll. I want to know if the child is like mine. Do they share traits? Are there similarities? I had a completely normal pregnancy with Cooper (besides gaining A LOT of weight…ugh). Nine pound Cooper came into this world not breathing. I will never, in all of my life,…

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Cooper and Mama

By Kate Swenson / November 25, 2013 /

This picture describes everything that is Cooper. A perfect little devil.

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Cooper is just Cooper

By Kate Swenson / November 25, 2013 /

This is Cooper. How can you not love that face. He is sweet and naughty and sassy and smart and all the qualities you want in a little boy. But there is one pretty noticable difference about Cooper. He doesn’t talk. As it stands, Cooper will be 3 years old on December 6th and he still has no words. Usually when I tell people this all the same questions are asked. Can he hear? Does he have autism? Does he mimic? Does he have a desire to talk? Well, yes…

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