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  • The Brightest Sky

    Hi. My name is Carrie. I have five kids. My second son, Jack, is diagnosed with autism. I used to think the hardest part of autism was the day we got… Read More

  • Did They Know?

    Did they know? The way the people in our life all gradually fell away. Planned without us. We felt we no longer fit in. We watched as they hung out… Read More

  • I Wonder When You Wander

    I wonder when you wander As you pace up and down the hall What it is you’re thinking  As you run your fingers along the wall  I wonder when you… Read More

  • This is Acceptance

    Let me tell you about a boy I know…His name is Cooper. Today, we had a party in our front yard and we celebrated him. We had ice cream and… Read More

  • On Our 10th World Autism Day, We Celebrate

    Today is World Autism Day. This is our 10th one. As my son has gotten older, the meaning of the day has morphed for me. It used to be about… Read More

  • I Can’t Imagine Being You

    Each time I make a friend, I wonder how long that person will be able to bear the weight of my friendship. In those first moments conversing, I make predictions… Read More

  • More Than Words Can Say

    If you had asked me what communication meant five years ago, I would have answered without hesitation, “It’s conversation, talking and listening.” Then my daughter came along and showed me… Read More

  • Our Hopes and Dreams for Acceptance

    This morning I sat my three boys down…well, a few of us sat down and a few of us played Paw Patrol and negotiated a train ride this weekend….and chatted… Read More

  • Climbing Mountains

    A few years ago, I posted on this page, trying to be funny of course, about the challenges of putting leggings on a wiggly semi wet child who had just… Read More

  • The Questions They Ask Me

    The Questions They Ask Me…See these two boys? They are almost exactly 2 years apart. Cooper is 10 and Sawyer is 8. They are like night and day when it… Read More

  • The Beauty of Learning About Differences

    As a mother to an autistic boy, I find myself trying to educate often. Kids. Teens. Unknowing adults. People who stare. People with kind eyes and people who are afraid… Read More

  • The Biggest Gift

    At the park last night, one of these boys played with boys his own age. He went up the slide and scaled the jungle gym like an acrobat. One of… Read More

  • This is Why We Celebrate Everything

    The email I just received said ‘I wish I had video of Cooper walking into school today. No one walked past him without him reaching out and then tapping his… Read More

  • Seeing Autism Through Your Eyes

    I don’t think about autism really. Not anymore. Or about my son being different than his peers. He doesn’t have a label at home. Or even a diagnosis. We don’t… Read More

  • The Gift of Sight

    When I used to think about autism, back when the word meant nothing to us, and eventually when our son was first diagnosed, I used to think about the differences.… Read More

  • Keep Working on Independence

    See that little one there? The one with chocolate on his face and holding two nerf guns? He is 2 years old and came out of the womb independent. His… Read More

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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. Welcome to my page!


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