• 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

  • Sweet Signs

    A few minutes ago, Sawyer handed Cooper something and Cooper immediately signed ‘thank you’ to him. Sawyer responded with…’you’re welcome buddy.’ It was such a sweet exchange. When Cooper was… Read More

  • You Have Time to Help Your Children

    ‘They grow up overnight.’ As parents, I think we’ve all heard that sentiment. ‘The days are long but the years are short.’ That one is my favorite. And it’s so… Read More

  • He is the Expert Leading Me Through This Journey

    I do not have autism. I am not autistic. But my son is. Being his mom in no way makes me expert. But I do my best. I try so… Read More

  • Kindness is the Most Important Thing to Me

    See that boy on the left? The one in blue… He is 8 years old. He is in 2nd grade. At least once a week he tells me he can’t… Read More

  • A Few Things I Have Learned About Motherhood

    As I near my due date with my fourth baby, and slowly lose my mind daily with the three I already have, I find myself thinking a lot about mothering.… Read More

  • The Waiting Game

    Caption this photo! We stayed in a cabin for a few days and the boys were absolutely fascinated and intrigued by this contraption. Also, the real reason I’m sharing this… Read More

  • Spring Break in Minnesota

    People who follow me make a lot of assumptions about our family and these boys. It’s interesting, funny, even upsetting to read them. People assume that Cooper, and ultimately autism,… Read More

  • Inspirational Boston Marathon Dad Dick Hoyt Dies at 80

    I’ve heard countless stories from parents of adult disabled children about the prognosis and future predictions they were given. And not a lot of them were good. Parents were told… Read More

  • The World Deserves to Know Him

    When we are out in public, I don’t worry about how my son will act. I don’t worry about his struggles or mannerisms. Or his uniqueness. Because I know exactly… Read More

  • There is so Much Beauty

    I think about the beginning sometimes. When I first heard the word autism. It was in a lunch-and-learn at the nonprofit I worked at. I was eating a sandwich, minimally… 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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