Today we have an inspiring member interview with Teresa Cooper from Embracing the Spectrum. Teresa is a wife and mom of two beautiful boys. Her life is uniquely tied to autism since she’s not only an educator of children with special needs but also the mom to a child (her oldest) with autism.
On her blog, Teresa shares her family’s story and taps into her expertise as a teacher to provide others with support, encouragement, and awareness of autism. Exploring her blog, you’ll quickly realize that Teresa is not only an advocate for her own children but an advocate for all children!
What I found most inspiring about Teresa is that even through the ups and downs of life she is always able to see the beauty that shines back at her. Through her blog, she inspires others to do the same!
Read on to learn more about Teresa and her inspiring family!
What do you blog about on Embracing the Spectrum?
Raising a child with autism with hope and love!
How long have you been blogging? What motivated you to start?
It’s been about 5 years now. I was motivated by my son, who I had just received an autism diagnosis for. I wanted to reach out to other parents.
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What is your favorite part of blogging?
I love getting feedback from other parents who have been there in the trenches with me!
What is the hardest part about blogging for you?
The hardest part of blogging is finding the time to do it all when I have a regular job outside of blogging.
Who is your favorite blogger and why?
What do you do for fun when you aren’t blogging?
I do a lot of reading, spend time with my family, and go for walks.
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Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I have been Whitewater Rafting in the mountains of North Carolina (Saluda, NC) and am a secret thrill-seeker.
What did you do before you began blogging? What skills do you have?
Special Education Teacher, and I am now a regular Ed Math Teacher. I also have a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Creative Writing from UNC-Chapel Hill. I have always loved writing and now write for The Educator’s Room and have an account with The Huffington Post where I submit blog entries regularly. I’ve come a long way in the past five years!
Have you been published anywhere else either online or in print?
What do you hope to achieve with your blog and online presence?
I hope to help other parents see the beauty in raising children, whether they have special needs or not.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Sharing messages of hope and love for those living with autism via @EmbraceSpectrum” quote=”Click to send messages of hope and love to others living with autism”]
Big thanks to Teresa for being part of the IBA and for helping us see the beauty in raising our children, no matter who they are. Make sure to head on over to Embracing the Spectrum to follow along and learn more about this inspirational mama and her family. Till next time, Monica ?