Welcome To Our Secret World

  • O-O-AH-T

    Last night my husband Jamie took our two older boys for a camping overnight on our boat. They are 10 and 8. One loves to fish and be outdoors and… Read More

  • Little Brothers

    Here’s the thing about little brothers… They are stinky and loud and messy and can be SO annoying… And they also have this way of inserting themselves into everything. They… Read More

  • Waiting for the Train

    I write and talk a lot about anxiety on this page. Anxiety in children. The only anxiety I know personally. The only anxiety I live. I refer to it as… Read More

  • He’s Growing Up

    Kids grow up. You know that. I know that. We all know that. But when it’s your own kid, well, it seems to sneak up on you. One day you… Read More

  • She Won’t Break

    I come across pictures all the time. Old ones. Taken back before life got really interesting with four kids. I usually find them all crumpled up under a couch or… Read More

  • The First Year of Autism

    It has been one year since my youngest daughter, Joelle’s autism diagnosis. One year of so many firsts and so much learning for our whole family!  The first lesson I… Read More

  • My Boy, Anything is Possible

    My Dearest Boy, We’ve walked quite the road, you and I. Your dad and brothers have been there every step of the way too. It all began when you and your… Read More

  • When They Mention Autism

    You know when you’re in a public place at a party, a BBQ or an assembly, and you’re sitting with other parents… You don’t know them well, but their kids… Read More

  • In the Hard is Where I Found Myself

    Hi friends! I’m Shannon and this is how Autism help me find myself. My true self. I’m the proudest boy mom to the two most amazing boys. One of those… Read More

  • Adaptive Clothes are Becoming Mainstream and I’m So Excited

    “Are you ready to go back to school?!” is everyone’s favorite question to ask these days. Whit usually smiles this smug smile and gives a wink. Our soon to be… Read More

  • Brothers

    Here’s the thing no one told me about brothers. They fight. And they wrestle. They sneak punches. They take jabs. Like in this picture. They may be hugging. They also… Read More

  • A Lasting Impact

    I am looking at you, my son, after introducing you to the bomb squad guy at a historic bombsite. He was our supervisor during our traffic works. I see you… Read More

  • It Starts With Us

    I get a lot of emails. And messages. Even more comments. And many are from mamas of newly diagnosed kids. They typically come at 2 am. Or during a much… Read More

  • The Parenting Bar

    I was a less than great mom last night. I had all four kids alone, from newborn to toddler to an emotional 8 year old to Cooper and it was… Read More

  • You Don’t Grow Out of Autism

    You don’t grow out of autism. It’s not some phase a person is going through. Autism doesn’t end at 18. Regardless of the stories you may have read on the… Read More

  • A Place Where We Don’t Have to Apologize

    Good morning from our last day at camp! It’s hard for me to even put into words how much this weekend meant to me. A place where my son could… 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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