• Forever Boy

  • A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy
  • By: Kate Swenson
  • Narrated by: Kate Swenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (398 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With her popular blog Finding Cooper's Voice, Kate Swenson has provided hope and comfort for hundreds of thousands of parents of children with autism. Now, Kate shares her inspiring story in this powerful memoir about motherhood and unconditional love.

When Kate Swenson’s son, Cooper, was diagnosed with severe, nonverbal autism, her world stopped. She had always dreamed of having the perfect family life. She hadn’t signed up for life as a mother raising a child with a disability.

At first, Kate experienced the grief of broken dreams. Then she felt the frustration and exhaustion of having to fight for your child in a world that is stacked against them. But through hard work, resilience, and personal growth, she would come to learn that Cooper wasn’t the one who needed to change. She was. And it was this transformation that led Kate to acceptance - and ultimately joy. In Forever Boy, Kate shares her inspiring journey with honesty and compassion, offering solace and hope to others on this path and illuminating the strength and perseverance of mothers.

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©2022 Kate Swenson (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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AMAZING STORY OF JOY

I do not have an autistic child but I am a childcare provider. This book was so enlightening on so…many levels!

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Beautiful story

What an absolutely beautiful story! It is a must read for everyone! Thankful that Kate took us all on her family's journey with autism.

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Every parent needs to read or listen!

Every parent needs to read or listen to this book! Kate is SO real!!

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Forever Boy

Such a fantastic story of love and determination. Kate does a beautiful job sharing her family's experiences with autism.

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I felt every word! Thank you!

I am so glad I downloaded your book and listened to it from your voice. I felt every word you said! Even though our journeys are totally different, I still felt every feeling you spoke of!
My son will be 21 on July 3rd and there has not been one I love you verbally, BUT I have received HIS I love yous!!! You speak of this in your book and communication does come in many ways!
I don’t think my family or friends totally get what we go through on a daily, hourly or even minute basis but your book describes it to a T.
Thank you for your friendship through Finding Coopers Voice and thank you for helping our BEAUTIFUL community♥️
Geri

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Great book! Really enjoyed!

As someone who has a grandson who is has some unique struggles, (not autism), I found a lot of comfort in the journey of Kate’s book. My heart goes out to all families who have beautiful children they want the best for as they travel the sometimes difficult roads that involves. Thank you for being their voice of encouragement, Kate Swenson!

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Transparent

Very transparent, raw and real! Thanks to Kate Swenson for sharing her and Cooper’s story!

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Great Read

Loved it! Definitely a must read for parents with special needs or anyone who wants understanding of what it is really like as a special needs family!

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Fantastic book….. inspiring and heart wrenching at the same time

Love that Kate reads it herself. I’ve been following her page on FB for years. As a fellow autism mom, with a 16 year old son on the severe end of the spectrum, I can relate to much of Kate’s experience. Her book is raw and real and her love for Cooper shines through and is the overriding theme. Highly recommend!

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Very sweet and heartfelt

As a mother we has a two year nonverbal son this book touched my heart. It’s an honest account of what her journey is. The good, the bad and ugly. Even if you don’t have a special needs child, this book shows you the love of a mother for her baby.

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  • sandra l.
  • 05-31-22

powerful inspirational

being the mother if a non verbal 5 year old daughter this book was amazing I could relate to so much it made me cry, smile and have so much more strength for my girl, thank you

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  • kate
  • 05-28-22

Truthful, Hopeful and bursting with pure love

I am also an autism mother. I have twin girls who are 6 with mild to moderate and moderate autism.

Kate describes her life since her son was born in such an eloquent and honest way it made me feel raw at times like my own exact feelings were being read out loud.

It is so incredibly validating to hear a journey so similar to mine. It was like an intensive much needed therapy session. It made me cry and smile as I too am on the other side where we are filled with hope and love and optimism with the occasional and inevitable sting that we are learning to live with.

I highly recommend this book to everyone involved with not only children like ours but literally to everyone.

Finally thank you Kate for putting youself out there. How incredibly brave you are! I am in awe!

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  • Mharie Dinsdale
  • 05-23-22

Everyone needs to read this

I was with Kate and Cooper every step of the way thank you so much for sharing your life the highs and the very lows. I hope this book finds you if you are in that dark place because I truly believe it will help to shine a light. To those who are not neuro diverse or without knowledge of it please read this and pass along we deserve to be a part of this beautiful world.

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  • kirsty
  • 04-30-22

wow

wow this book was my story. I had tears, smiles laughter. Thank you Kate Swenson. I'm recommending this to friends who don't understand my family, this kind of said it all. thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-22

so heartbreakingly refreshing

Kate, Jaimie, Cooper, sawyer, Harbour and Wynter💝
I've followed your family story for a number if years, and I'm always, always (!) in awe of your love, your grace and your endurance. you are all travelling this journey in different ways, but still so together, and that is simply beautiful.
I work in early years, in a setting g for pre school children with a range of varying needs, with Autism being very prominent within our setting.
Not a mother myself, but whether I'm in the playrooms with the children, or sitting in meetings with parents, I often think about your words; joy and grace. these have had a profound impact on the way that I interact with our kiddos and their families, many who are at the very early stages of their journey with Autism and sone, who are heading in that direction yet do not know it. your kindness and understanding is infectious. Don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
I'll be recommending your book to whoever will listen! thank you, all the swensons(!), for sharing your journey.
with live,
Cat
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  • Ads Oxford
  • 04-12-22

The best

The most moving touching genuine book on the realities of Neuroodiversity, couldn’t rate it highly enough. Can’t wait for book number2! You are amazing

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  • Catherine Dillon
  • 04-11-22

An absolute must read!

This book has been like therapy for me, I have cried tears without realising, one’s that helped with my grief dealing with my own story and my sons. This hit home on every level and I smiled to myself so many times knowing exactly where the writer was and relating to my own life. Books like this are a lifeline for parents of autistic children. What an amazing, honest book from the heart. What an inspiration! So many could learn so much from this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-22

A must read!

Thank you Kate for your honesty, vulnerability and sharing your amazing outlook and joy with the world. This book was everything I needed and more. You are changing lives and giving hope to so many. Never stop being you and sharing your wonderful stories about the boy with yellow hair who smells like the wind and your family.

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  • Dog Lover
  • 04-07-22

It will make you laugh, cry and give you hope!

Wonderful book giving a truthful warts and all insight into the lives of a wonderful family.
Highly recommend to all, you do not have to be a parent of an autistic child to relate.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-22

must read/listen!

I loved the whole story, it meant so much to hear it! brilliant, eye opening, soul deep!xx