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  • Seeing the Ignorance First Hand

    I had a conversation this past weekend that I can’t stop thinking about. It just keeps coming back. Not negatively. Not positively. Just more thought provoking I guess. It opened… Read More

  • The Proverbial Straw

    There are four sides to autism. At least that’s the way I see it. There is Cooper. He has autism. Then there is me and his dad and his brother… Read More

  • Trick-Or-Treating

    I gave Cooper a sign for Halloween. It was simple. It said Trick-or-Treat. I gave it to him because he looks so much like a typical child and people don’t… Read More

  • Fighting for an Autism Diagnosis

    I thought getting a diagnosis would be easy. My son is different. He doesn’t talk. He flaps. He screeches. He hates to be touched by strangers. As a baby he… Read More

  • The Isolation

    I took the boys to the beach this past weekend to soak up some of the last bits of summer. The beach is kind of our place to go. Cooper… Read More

  • The Story Behind the Photos

    Six months or so ago my dear friend Alicia put something into motion.. She saw a Facebook post by a photographer asking for people to nominate extraordinary special needs families. This… Read More

  • Are There Any Stressors At Home?

    Living with Cooper is stressful. I feel it. I’ve always felt it. Half of this damn blog is about the stress of autism. Since the day he was born sleeping… Read More

  • My Greatest Pity Party

    Is Cooper my greatest pity party? Such an interesting question. It was said to me the other day. In anger of course, but there was something behind it. It had… Read More

  • It's Ok To Care. Don't Forget That.

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Cooper attending kindergarten next year. Right now he goes to an autism preschool at the actual elementary school. He rides the bus. Which is… Read More

  • Finally, An Improvement. Thank You Sweet Jesus.

    If you talk to parent’s of autistic kids they will often say that their kid goes through periods with no improvement. And often you can mix in a little regression.… Read More

  • The First Time

    There are a lot of first times in our children’s lives. There are good first times and bad first times. This is life. And then there is the first time… Read More

  • There are Two Kinds of Autism Moms….

    Just because shits been getting a little heavy in my world… I had a good nights sleep and woke up to Super Cooper carrying a picture around of our family.… Read More

  • When Do We Give Up?

    I gave up yesterday. The details really don’t matter I guess. All that matters is I was pushed to that place where I didn’t recognize myself.  I’m fighting with Cooper’s… Read More

  • Potty Training Desperation

    I’ve reached my limit with potty training Cooper. I’ve exhausted all options that I know of. I need help. I am waving the white flag. Or crying in front of… Read More

  • What If I Lose Him…

    One of my greatest fears is losing Cooper. He’s not necessarily a runner or a wanderer, which are traits highly associated with autism, but still….the fear is real. Cooper will… Read More

  • I Don't Know What's Wrong

    I made the decision when Cooper started at Fraser that either Jamie or I would pick him up 5 days a week. I did this because Cooper is nonverbal. 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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