Great book to help better understand autism and spread awareness!

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I have always been fascinated by autism. How each person is unique, how everyone falls differently on the spectrum and how they perceive the world. I also enjoy watching TV shows like Netflix's Love on the Spectrum, which brings more awareness to autism and shows how just like everyone else they too just want to find love and be loved.

Having a close family member recently diagnosed with autism, it now hits closer to home for me, making my curiosity and the necessity to understand it even more vital. I was familiar with Kate Swenson and Finding Cooper's Voice prior to the book release, so when I saw an opportunity to get an advanced copy I jumped on it knowing I would be interested in their journey and hope it could assist me and my family on our journey with autism.

The writing is emotional and heartfelt. I'm not going to lie. It was hard to get through some sections of this book. What they have endured and continue to go through is heartbreaking, but it's also so inspiring. It gives hope when most people first hear the words of this diagnosis don't always have and may struggle to find. Kate does a great job depicting the emotions, the process of seeking a diagnosis, and the beautiful and not so beautiful moments of what it means to love someone who is autistic. I am blown away by how strong Kate is and how hard she advocates for her son and commend her for being vulnerable in order to spread awareness and help others.

I think this book is a great tool for all parents going through this journey, either recently diagnosed or ten years into a diagnosis and for extended family members, who may not fully understand what autism can be like for the parents and child and want a better picture to help love and support them. But I also feel everyone should read this to help educate and spread awareness so they can better understand, to allow more inclusion, and show compassion for autistic people and the ones, who love them.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to read more about Kate and her family's journey and to be able to share with others. Thank you Bookish First for my advanced physical copy of this book and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.