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  • Let’s Talk Nicknames

    Let’s talk nicknames. Do you have one for your child? Did you have one growing up? We adore nicknames over here. So much so that we use them more than… Read More

  • Are You Hearing This?

    My son Cooper doesn’t have a lot to say verbally. But he’s always communicating. Sometimes it’s a point or a wave. A sound. A facial expression. A click of a… Read More

  • Cooper the Photographer

    For so long I hoped and prayed that my son would develop a hobby. At age ten, he didn’t appear to be interested in anything besides his iPad. On one… Read More

  • We Will Not Silence Him

    Why is it so hard for some people to realize that Kyle isn’t defined by his diagnoses? That’s not all that he is. It’s only a small part of him. … Read More

  • Visiting Thomas the Train

    Our family has been visiting Thomas the Train at the Duluth Depot for 7 years. The picture on the lower right is from 2013. We were 2 months out from… Read More

  • The Future is His Own

    When I used to Google autism, so many supposed ‘facts’ came up. Children with autism don’t… Show love. Smile. Laugh. Have emotion. Children with autism are… Withdrawn. In their own… Read More

  • Let Me Tell You About My Son

    Let me tell you about my son. His name is Maxim, but sometimes we call him Max. He has light brown hair, chocolate eyes that twinkle with mischief each time… Read More

  • Comfortable With the Silence

    When my son was 7 and 8 and the reality of nonspeaking forever was sinking in, I used to spend a lot of time thinking about his future. What would… Read More

  • The Words He Couldn’t Say

    I didn’t know much about autism before my son was diagnosed at age 3. I knew even less about being nonverbal/nonspeaking. I didn’t know that some children never learn to… Read More

  • Embrace the Messy Moments

    Embrace the messy moments.   That would be my advice to my younger self, now that I’m older and a special needs mom.   My first born son is moving… Read More

  • We are Still Doing all of the Things I Dreamed Of

    I always wanted a little girl and when I found out I was having one I was thrilled. Oh, the things we could do together as mommy and daughter. Pink… Read More

  • You Be You

    My sweet boy, I used to get so upset when people stared at you. Mad. Angry. Not at you of course but at that world. You’d be flapping. Or making… Read More

  • What Matters to Me Now

    When you have a child diagnosed with autism, it’s not about you as the parent. At least that’s what we are told. Your sole focus becomes helping your child. Getting… Read More

  • Thank You for Showing Up

    I often wonder if people know the impact they have on someone’s life. If when they got up that morning did they know they were going to make a difference… Read More

  • Break the Silence

    This amazing kid just absolutely rocked the grocery store! He walked. Pushed the cart. Followed the list. Put items in the cart. Handled temptation. I am seriously giddy! We have… Read More

  • Uncharted Territory

    Here is the thing I’ve learned about little brothers. They are always watching. Always absorbing like little sponges. They see and hear everything. They want to grow up fast and… 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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