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Fallon’s ‘Everything is Mama’ contest winner never gave up on her non-verbal son

Mom of a boy with autism wins the TODAY and Jimmy Fallon ‘Everything is Mama’ contest with a video of her nonverbal son saying ‘mama.’

Oct. 9, 2017, 2:18 PM PDT / Source: TODAY Parenting Team By Ronnie Koenig

Kate Swenson’s almost 7-year-old son Cooper is autistic and non-verbal, so at first she felt dismayed when she saw the posting for TODAY and Jimmy Fallon’s “Everything is Mama” contest. To celebrate the release of the Tonight Show host’s new children’s book, “Everything is Mama,” TODAY Parents asked parents to share cute videos of their children saying “mama.”

“As a parent to a non-verbal child, I thought, great another thing we can’t do,” Swenson, 34 and a mom of two, told TODAY Parents. “But then I thought, wait, we can do something cute.” That’s when she had the idea to film Cooper speaking with his speech device that he uses to communicate.

The result was heart-warming, adorable — and won the contest.

Swenson said that when Cooper was first diagnosed with autism she felt extremely lonely and sad and had nowhere to turn, which led to the creation of her blog, Finding Cooper’s Voice, and accompanying Facebook page. “No one expects to have a child with autism,” she said. “It’s a confusing road. I want parents new to this journey to know that they should not give up hope.”

She also wants people to know that autism is not scary, it should not be kept secret and that children with autism “are just kids.” She firmly believes that parental involvement is the key to progress. “Cooper needs around-the-clock modeling (of behavior) and patience. My husband and I have devoted our life to him.” Even though Swenson works full time, and is also mom to 4 year-old Sawyer, who is a typically developing child, she stays very involved with Cooper’s therapy and feels lucky to live in an area where they have access to excellent services.

“Cooper yells at me all the time with his ‘talker’,” Swenson, a digital project manager for PBS in Minnesota, explained, saying that at first she was reluctant when Cooper’s speech therapist suggested her son use a communication device. “I was scared that if he used it, he wouldn’t try to talk,” she said.

She also worried about the stigma attached to using an assistive device, but quickly found that the “talker” as she and her family call it, opened up a whole world of communication for Cooper. In the video she shared with the TODAY Parenting team, she sits at the kitchen table with Cooper and introduces him: “He loves trains. He’s smart and he’s funny and he’s loving, and Cooper is also autistic and non-verbal … I was told at a very young age that I should prepare to never hear Cooper’s voice, and that’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to expect.”

Source: Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Everything is Mama’ inspires special mom – TODAY.com


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Note/Warning:

Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.


The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.


Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.


[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]


Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.


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