Ep. 154: The Unexpected Journey of Raising a Son with Autism
Finding Joy in the Greatest Challenges of Parenting.
Today’s guest, Kate Swenson, shares her honest, difficult, but inspiring journey of raising a son with severe autism. We can learn a lot about autism through her story, and I think we can all relate to facing unexpected challenges in parenting.
Approximately 1/54 kids in America are diagnosed with autism, and I know many of you are affected in one way or another by this diagnosis. Kate shares candidly about the pain and isolation she has experienced, her divorce — and remarriage (a story of its own!) and the and how she has ultimately found joy and purpose in her journey to “find Cooper’s voice.” Be sure to share this episode with those you know who might be encouraged by Kate’s story!
April is Autism Awareness Month so I hope you will help us share awareness, knowledge, and most importantly, compassion, for those with autism in their lives.
Kate’s book on Amazon: Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy
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More about Kate:
Kate Swenson lives in Minnesota with her husband Jamie, and four children, Cooper, Sawyer, Harbor and Wynnie. Kate launched Finding Cooper’s Voice from her couch while her now 11-year-old son Cooper was being diagnosed with autism. Back then it was a place to write. Today it is a living, thriving community of people who want to not only advocate for autism, but also make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her first book, Forever Boy, will be released, April 5, 2022.
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