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May 30, 2022

Kate Swenson: Autism, Parenting, Hope, and Healing (S5E13)

Kate Swenson: Autism, Parenting, Hope, and Healing (S5E13)

have a great parent-to-parent conversation with my friend Kate Swenson (Finding Cooper's Voice). We share some of our best autism parenting stories that inspire hope and healing.


I have a great parent-to-parent conversation with my friend Kate Swenson (Finding Cooper's Voice). We share some of our best autism parenting stories that inspire hope and healing.

Connect with Kate Swenson:

Finding Cooper's Voice

Check out Forever Boy

About Kate Swenson:

Kate is Cooper's mom, the founder of Finding Cooper's Voice, and the author of the new book Forever Boy.

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Learn More About Tracto

Tracto is a free app that is all about empowering parents to better understand and meet the unique needs of their kids with autism, ADHD or anxiety. Tracto does this by easily allowing for the collaborative tracking of behaviors over time. Parents can invite teachers or anyone else they want to help document behavioral changes. Not everyone sees the same things because every environment is different. Being able to document behaviors in realtime, prevents having to pull from memory later on, making it more accurate, and reliable information. Tracking things like sleep patterns, medication-related behavioral changes, behaviors in the classroom, or anything else that parents of these amazing kiddos need to keep an eye on, can be challenging. Simply put, Tracto makes it easy. All tracking and collaboration functions to this app are completely free. They also offer affordable online courses, taught by leading experts if you’re interested in learning some new parenting skills yourself. They’re short videos that will teach you new parenting approaches and help you gain more insight into your child. You can get more information about Tracto at tracto.app. Or check out the Google Play or Apple app store. Use the code “theautismdad” at checkout and save 40% off your online course order.

Learn More About Tracto

Learn More About Trail Magik

Communing with nature is one of the best methods of self-care available, and hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy nature. If you’re a parent who enjoys hitting the trails with your little ones, you’re already aware that toddlers will walk some of the journey and want carried the rest of the way. There are tons of contraptions for carrying babies while on the trails, but what about those in between, toddler years? You don’t want to bring a big bulky carrier for a kid who’s only going to use it some of the time. The Trail Magik Kid Carrier solves that problem and does so brilliantly. Invented by a Dad who wanted to take his 3-year-old backpacking. It’s for kiddos 12 months up to 43 pounds. The carrier attaches onto hiking backpacks and durable daypacks that have a waist strap & upper loaders. Weighing less than 10oz, it’s so portable, you can stuff it into the side of your backpack when not in use. It’s a game-changer for the "outdoor adventure family" community. For more information, visit TrailMagik.com. Use the code "theautismdad" at check out and save 10% of your order.

Learn More About Trail Magik

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Kate Swenson

Author/Mom/Speaker/Advocate/Entrepreneur

Kate is Cooper's mom, the founder of Finding Cooper's Voice, and the author of the new book Forever Boy. Kate Swenson. is a proud working mama of four living in suburban Minnesota, although she will forever call the North Shore home. She lives for coffee, preaches kindness like her life depends on it and is continuously surprised by the twists and turns of motherhood. Her son Cooper was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old and since then life hasn’t slowed down. And she shares all on her site and social media because, well, she remembers looking around one day, trying to find her people, families like hers, and realizing there were none. So, Kate created a space for everyone to be themselves.