Katie Matias, Author at Redefine Normal with Wendy Andersen | Redefine Normal with Families with a Special Needs Child

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 The Power of Sharing Your Story

 The power of your story The power of sharing Everyone has a story. There’s power in sharing your story. Grateful we could work with the Iowa DD Council to share a small part of our education journey for their Public Policy Agenda.   Why sharing our story is important? Why telling your story is powerful? […]

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Beating all Odds

Beating all odds Two hands on the wheel’ ‘Two hands on the wheel’ we hear from the back of the vehicle. Our son is 14. His friends and kids his age are getting their learner permits. For a moment when I saw their pictures on social media, I did get sad. It’s ok to feel […]

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Finding Cooper's Voice

Tears of Gratitude Meaning

Tears of Gratitude Meaning  What is the full meaning of gratitude? What do tears symbolize? Out for a walk at 37 degrees with my favorite songs! There might have been a few grateful tears that were flowing as I sang. I could never in my wildest dreams have said my life would evolve just as […]

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Divide and conquer

 Divide and Conquer

Divide and conquer strategy What does divide and conquer mean? For the longest time, I fought systems, but now we live by systems. Systems create freedom.  It takes a lot of energy mental energy to recreate systems every month on what or how “it” should happen. Whatever that may be. All around us are ways […]

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The Power of Yes

The Power of Yes I’m practicing saying Yes more! There is power in the word yes. Yes to things that align with who I am. And so excited to share this announcement that’s now official! I said YES to: being a greater advocate, learning and understanding more, to being a voice, to being a resource, […]

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Kids with Dyslexia

Kids with Dyslexia Dyslexic Means Knowledge is power, and so little is known about dyslexia in the educational community. I, myself, am a former teacher and didn’t know much about it until my 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed. Yes, I said 7-year-old, 1st grade daughter. 1 in 5 have dyslexia. There are several types of dyslexia, […]

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 Give Yourself Permission

Give Yourself Permission

Give Yourself Permission   Permission to Feel According to my favorite friend Webster: Permission means to give consent to a person of authority. Consider yourself the authority and what a relief you can start to feel. Permission to feel. Every day is a miracle. When I found this quote the other day I paused. 14 years […]

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Diversity and Inclusion Examples

 Diversity and Inclusion Examples  Diversity vs Inclusion Diversity Inclusion Topics INCLUSION: The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.  DIVERSITY: The practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different IQ’s, etc. What does Inclusion Mean to […]

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Disability Rights and Representation

Disability Rights and Representation My thoughts on the subject  Disability rights and representation are a very important topic in our world. I remember this situation like yesterday…I randomly stumbled upon a Holiday parage in California, while on a friend’s trip. An autistic young man and his mother were struggling waiting for the parade to start. […]

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Things Will Work Out

Things Will Work Out He never ceases to amaze me! Things will work out. MRI day couldn’t have gone any better! At 6 months old our son Dexter was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. He has non-cancerous tubers in his brain and a few years later a SEGA, a fast-growing tumor […]

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Seeing the Best in Others

Seeing the Best in Others  Seeing the best in others. Seeing the greatness in others. Letting them know.  Our non-profit Dexter’s Dream has had a Sensory Santa event for the last three years.. Occasionally after Santa and the child were done taking pictures he would ask the Mom or Dad to sit down by him. […]

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Everyday is a Miracle

Everyday is a Miracle

Everyday is a Miracle Not every day is perfect but every day is a miracle Every day is a Miracle! Dexter was included in an amazing rare disease project in Omaha. As part of this, I was asked to write a description/recap of the history story and his diagnosis. How do I put the last […]

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We All Have Our Off Days

We all have our off days

We All Have Our Off Days  What does it mean to have off days? Some days you’re just not feeling it….change….do something you love, something you’re passionate about. Why force ourselves to do something we would rather not do? We all have our off days. I love the lessons we learn from my son. Off […]

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Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Comparison is a Thief  I believe that comparison is a thief of joy. ‘Don’t you want to know how your child compares to other kids?’ Me: No. I really don’t care. Ask me an honest question and get an honest answer. Other children are NOT my child. Period. End of sentence. Why do we need […]

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