• Forever Boy

  • A Mother's Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy
  • By: Kate Swenson
  • Narrated by: Kate Swenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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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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Forever Grateful

loved it , Kate and Cooper's story touched me in so many ways . it was hard to get through parts of the story because I couldn't stop crying. you see my grandson has Autism (he's two) but as I got near the end of the book I was filled with hope and joy.

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Thank you

such a beautiful story my son was diagnosed not too long ago and this helped me see things differently Thank you

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Loved it

Love this book and thank you for sharing it with us.
I cried sad and happy tears throughout.

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Beautiful and eye opening

I couldn’t put this book down. Kate is gifted in telling her story and sharing her heart and soul. Beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming. All the emotions! Even if you are not a parent or loved one of a child with special needs, this is a must read. Highly recommend!

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Mixed feelings

As a grandma of a nontalker, (2 yrs old),trying to figure out why, it was tough to listen to this and wonder if our little guys future would be similar. No diagnosis yet, but seeing a few signs. We all just want that normal life for our children.

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Best book I have ever read!

This book will forever stick with me. I felt such a connection to Kate and what she went through with cooper because me & my son are going thru it now. It helped me so much. I will always be so grateful for this book and I encourage everyone else to read it. I cried so much and smiled so much more. Thank you for sharing your story.

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What a inspiration this was to read!

I don’t think I have ever felt so close to someone that I have never talked to in person. I admire you so much for not giving up on our special boy. I’ve followed you and Cooper from the beginning and I feel that Cooper belongs to all of us. I couldn’t love him anymore if he were mine. I get excited at ever accomplishment you both a making daily. I’m so proud of you both! Just take a look at what you two have done and how far you have come. What’s even better is how far you have taken the lost people with you. You have shared your life and I know there are people that were so lost that are finally understanding the unknowing world of Autism. Love you Cooper! You’ve got a friend in me.

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Amazing!

I needed this, knowing my feelings are okay though this tough process of my boys both having a genetic condition and autism. I couldn't put this book away! I loved it! Thank you so much Kate for writing this and helping me not feel alone ❤️

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Beautifully honest!

Oh, Kate...I have followed your beautiful family for a while now. I discovered your page on Facebook shortly after my son's diagnosis of level 3 autism. I live in a very small town in the Northern Panhandle of WV. Before my sweet boy, I knew virtually nothing about autism, and finding your page was nothing short of a godsend. Having no one to ask questions, share struggles or successes makes for a very lonely, isolating existence. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea if my son would ever speak, ever be able to (or want to) play with other kids. I had no idea if he would ever accept his siblings, especially his baby sister who was born just about 6 months prior to getting his diagnosis. When I found your page, I saw so many similarities between my son & your sweet Cooper. They even look similar! When I heard you were writing a book, I was so excited & knew I HAD to have it! I made so to pre-order as soon as I could. I found myself nodding along to the entire book. My son also NEVER stays still. I've always said the only time he's still or quiet is when he's sleeping. He also starts his day at 5 am, on the nose, every single day. His biggest trigger is also his little sister yelling & crying. My son is going to be 5 yrs old in just 4 months. He just started trying to speak. He just started his first year of school & LOVES IT. I was so afraid he wouldn't do well with the changes. The new places, new people...the other kids. But he is thriving...and it's a beautiful thing. Hearing your story has helped me feel less afraid, especially about things that are out of my control. I truly hope someday, your sweet boy is able to even somewhat understand how many families & kiddos just like him he's inspiring. Please keep sharing him, Kate...and keep writing. Your videos & articles make me laugh & cry...and still bring comfort in an often lonely world of special needs parenting. To anyone wondering if they should check this book out....yes! Whether you have an autistic child or family member or not. Whether you know about autism or not. It's such an uplifting story. And it's beautiful to hear Kate describe the love a mother has for her son, and lengths she will go to, to protect & nurture him. You are an amazing mom & gifted writer & amazing advocate Kate!

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Thank you for writing this book! I love following y’all on Facebook. I loved every minute of this book. My bonus son(step son) has ASD, ADHD, and separation anxiety. He has had a rough life and my husband and I have complete custody of him. I relate so much to this book. No matter the severity of the diagnosis’s it is rewarding and challenging at the same time.

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  • Lorraine
  • 07-26-22

most moving, inspiring and relatable book EVER.

This book has supported me more than anyone will understand. i have two girls with asd and ADHD. This book supported me mentally and emotionally. Thank you. I'm a teacher in a primary school, so will be recommending this to other families. x

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  • linny
  • 07-14-22

Absolutely loved it!

By far the best book about the ups and downs of Autism kate is brilliant at telling it. Will be recommending

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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.