Welcome To Our Secret World

  • Their Special Bond

    This morning we were running around getting three kids ready to leave the house. Packing lunches, finding school iPads, headphones and chargers, gathering snow gear…it was a lot. We are… Read More

  • Three Kinds of Special Needs Parents and the Groups we March in

    In this special needs community we have lovingly cultivated, there are three kinds of people, in three very different groups. I type this only to paradigm shift anyone on the… Read More

  • Special Needs Mamas, Don’t Stay in the Hard

    This morning I was headed to pick up my son from his hybrid, half days of kindergarten. I thought about how tired I was, how much I was tired of… Read More

  • Raising a Child With Autism; You Are Not Alone

    During the years surrounding my son’s autism diagnosis, I could barely say the word “autism” out loud.   I thought I would just break down every single time and, frankly,… Read More

  • Independence

    I just had a huge mom win. I successfully bathed all three of these little monsters in the shower. Cooper first. Then Sawyer and the baby. There was so much… Read More

  • Support Small Business

    Are you all continuing to support small business? In Minnesota, our restaurants are all still closed for in-person dining. So take out it is! Which, in our world, isn’t all… Read More

  • Finding the Balance

    I remember when our oldest son Cooper started disliking a lot of activities. It didn’t happen overnight. More like an evolution over months. He was 18 months. And refused to… Read More

  • A New Year

    I just spent the last 20 minutes scrolling through ten years of photos to find any photo from a New Years Eve that I could share with you. I couldn’t… Read More

  • Goodbye 2020

    What is your word for 2021? Resolutions are hard. Heck most folks don’t make it past a week. So many people are picking a word to be mindful of throughout… Read More

  • A Taste of Inclusion

    Last year my son Stalen went to preschool. I was so nervous and scared. It’s one thing to send your child off without you but it’s another when they are… Read More

  • The Lessons He Teaches us

    My husband and I work very hard to teach our son Jack practical life lessons. How to make breakfast, change a light bulb, feed the dog, get the mail—stuff like… Read More

  • The Whispers of the Past

    Throughout our journey to finding your voice I have come to learn the beauty in the simplicity of a whisper. There were days where I dreamt of your voice. I’d… Read More

  • I am Not That Strong

    “You are so strong.” If I had a dollar for every time someone has said that to me, I’d have enough money to pay for ABA Therapy…out of pocket. If… Read More

  • When it Snows

    Research says people with autism often struggle with crushing anxiety, and may have a hard time forging meaningful connections with family, friends, and various social groups.  When I read things… Read More

  • 19 weeks

    Truth time. I’ve been sad this pregnancy, which isn’t an emotion I’m used too. Happy, angry, exhausted, motivated, hungry…yes. Those emotions I know well. (Is hungry an emotion? I say… Read More

  • Perspective from an Autism Uncle

    I remember my Godson Zachary’s first birthday after his severe, nonverbal autism and apraxia diagnosis. I remember it clearly. I bought him this Ninja Turtles hat, knowing he hated hats… 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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