Difficult Times · Dyslexia · Life

The Dyslexic Misunderstanding

dyslexia

Dyslexia. A word that often is used in a playful term. But what it is defined as? “A general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence.” Often found in children in elementary school, it can often be treated with extra tutoring. What about the children who don’t receive this extra help? Or better yet, what happens to these children who are never diagnosed and grow up struggling? What can be done to help or prevent this? A simple answer, raise awareness. And how do we raise this awareness? Bring facts and testimonies.

According to The Dyslexia Center of Utah, “One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language based learning disability. Dyslexia is the most common of the language based learning disabilities.” (Dyslexia Center of Utah Statistics) When I was in kindergarten, I was one of the top students. So much so, my teacher wanted me to move up to a 1st grade level. My parents wanted me to stay with my friends, and decided to keep me in kindergarten. Once I got into 1st grade, everything changed. I had a difficult time understanding information, my teacher, Miss Austin, wasn’t fond of me, and never thought that I was simply not paying attention and didn’t attempt to help me. Even when my parents confronted her with my short comings, she claimed she knew what she was doing, and that I “wasn’t trying hard enough”. This wasn’t the last time I heard that sentence.

“74% of children with dyslexia who are not diagnosed by the 2nd grade remain so into adulthood.” (Dyslexia Center of Utah Facts) Throughout the rest of my educational life, through five different school, elementary through middle school through high school, I was never diagnosed with Dyslexia. I didn’t learn that I had this disability until I was well into adulthood. By then, I was told by many educators, that there was nothing that could be done for me.

“For some individuals who have never been diagnosed, dyslexia is a hidden disability which may result in underemployment, difficulty navigating academic environments, difficulty on the job, and reduced self-confidence.” (International Dyslexia Association) My personal struggle with dyslexia has resulted in similar outcomes as listed. I often felt that I was a Neanderthal because I wasn’t learning or understanding material in work environments that often lead to being reprimanded and being treated poorly. Simply because I wasn’t given the tools or help I needed. And I am not the only adult or student that is facing this same issue.

A family friend’s daughter has been diagnosed with Dyslexia and is currently in her 11th year in High School. She was discovered and properly diagnosed and has received help through tutors and educators. Unfortunately, due to Common Core, many of her educators now refuse to give her the proper assistance in specific courses, mostly math, because it would require changing how the material is taught to other students. In turn telling her, “She needs to try harder.”

Recently, I made a discovery through The International Dyslexic Association, that in 2013 there was a bill being considered by Utah Legislation bill number UT HB0171 titled Dyslexia Screenings in Public Schools. Its Progress is now listed under “Dead/Failed/Vetoed”. Why? Why would a bill that could lead to helping children fail? From what I was able to find through what the bill stated. It was found “unnecessary” to pass, because “Utah Schools already have a system to screen for Dyslexia.” There may be students that are screened for dyslexia, but what about those students, like me? What are educators doing now to help these forgotten students?

Now, there are debates about this ongoing question for parents and adults with dyslexia. There are many saying that Utah educators need to be taught more about how to help children with dyslexia and with finding new methods of identifying children that have this learning impediment. Other’s are saying that the only way to address it is to find it early on, and that is all that is needed.

If you ask me, it needs to be made aware of how having dyslexia is and what how we can fix it. It needs to be treated with a different kind of care versus just being placed in a reading group. Therefore, meaning that there needs to be more studies done on dyslexia and more education. Luckily, there is a group started by parents that have dyslexic kids here in Utah to help raise awareness and call for action for understanding dyslexia. Here is a link to their website: http://www.decodingdyslexiautah.org/

Dyslexia doesn’t mean that a child is “slow” or “unteachable” or “uneducated”. It means that we learn things differently. Our brains are wired differently than the standard human being. Interestingly enough, many of the people who are known as the most influential people in the world have Dyslexia. Here is a few:

  • Albert Einstein
  • Thomas Edison
  • Leonardo DaVinci
  • Caitlyn Jenner
  • Walt Disney
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Scott Fitzgerald

We are not “dumb”. We are not “slow”. We are smart, and we do understand, we just learn differently. And we should NOT be left behind because of it. Again, I ask, what can be done to help bring change to help students and in the end, the adults they become? Awareness. This is how we bring change to the world, awareness.

Works Cited

Dyslexia Center of Utah: website: https://www.dyslexiacenterofutah.org/dyslexia/statistics/

International Dyslexia Association: website: https://dyslexiaida.org/dyslexia-test/

 

Goals and Choices

The hope that The Dyslexia Understanding accomplishes, is to bring attention to how Dyslexia is viewed and to bring awareness. The way that Utah Schools handle Dyslexia is sloppy and non-existent, and it needs to change. My major goals to accomplish this change is to bring out the struggles that an adult has with never being discovered with Dyslexia in school and what they now must cope and live with. Another goal is to locate what the Utah Educators are doing to look for students with Dyslexia and how. The hopes of bringing out these potential discoveries are to give hope to adults and parents that there is change on the horizon for their children.

The rhetoric choices that I chose to use for my piece is Storytelling, Description, and Imagery with Claims of Fact and Value. I started out with telling my story. I want to give my audience a glimpse into what my life was like when I was growing up. From 1st grade till I graduated. Giving more detailed accounts of my struggles and creating an image for who I am now. I then applied the same strategies for my friend’s daughter. It gives another account as to what is potentially happening to students throughout the Utah Schools. After sharing this, I went into Claims of Fact and Value. I began to research through organizations that study and help people (Families, Adults, Children) who suffer from Dyslexia. I found results of studies of what happens to students who aren’t discovered and what becomes of them. I found bills that were created to help find students easier that were killed, and I found what is currently happening in communities to bring awareness to Dyslexia. In the end awareness is what I wish to bring to my audience.

The reason I chose these specific purposes and goals, is I believe that these methods are effective, and they can bring hope and understanding to what my piece is bringing to the table. I didn’t have any other project ideas, only because this is one that has been with me for a long time. My first free write for this class, I wrote about my struggle with dyslexia. I cried while I wrote. I didn’t forget how I felt, and I wanted to address it. There are many great things that need to be changed in the world. Yet, helping the children that will lead to world tomorrow, we need to insure their education, and their needs, if we hope and expect great things from them. Otherwise, they can potentially go through what I went through. Never knowing why, they don’t understand as others do, struggle with finding work, and to look in the mirror wondering why they are so dumb, when you know you’re not. They can be given the chance, that many of us, like me, didn’t get. This is why I chose this topic for my final project, Dyslexia is more common than one thinks, an there are many who suffer from it.

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Beauty · Dreams · Life · Uncategorized · Weekend

I’m All In!! The Start of My Mary Kay Journey

Happy Friday to all my followers!

If you cannot tell by the title of this post, I have made my choice on Mary Kay.

I have decided to go All In!!!!! The meeting on Tuesday went very well, and I felt really good about picking it up again. The difference with go around, is that I want to do it this time. Not for my friend, and not for anyone else’s gain, but for me. I want to put my best foot forward and actually give this a good shot! I am going to be purchasing my Starter Kit today and then I can start making plans and parties once I get it! I am so excited that I can barely stand it!

I want to make something clear about this, I won’t be posting a lot about Mary Kay on here for one reason. I don’t want this blog to lose it’s meaning. I created this blog as an outlet for my life, and I feel that this blog is a hobby. I do not want to place my business on my blog becuase it is business, not my hobby. What I will place on here are any accomplishments that I make along the way, but nothing about selling on here. This is one of the major promises I have made to myself as a consultant. I will not view anyone as a big “$” sign. I want to do Mary Kay to share products that I love and to help others feel empowered and love themselves.

I have a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT coming up soon and guys, I can’t wait to share it with you! I will probably post about it either tonight or Saturday morning, but I can’t just yet!

I hope you all have an amazing night/day and I will talk to you all later!

~Bailey

Beauty · Difficult Times · Life · Uncategorized · Weekend

Mary Kay. To Sell or Not To Sell?

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing week and weekend! There are so many things coming up this next week and I am beyond excited for it! My brother and parents are coming into town for a week, SLCC begins on Thursday and I made an AMAZING Belle Cosplay from the Live Action version of Beauty and the Beast, and the next thing that is happening is in the title of this blog post. Mary Kay.

I am writing this post in the hopes of actually getting some help on making a decision with Mary Kay. To back track here, one year ago, I signed up to become a Mary Kay Consulatant along side my long time friend. I was really excited for the new opportunity, but after a month and a half, I found myself in a position where I didn’t feel like I had the time to do it. I became discouraged and frusterated quickly and would rather go back to my normal day to day life than deal with Mary Kay.

After leaving it, I felt better to an extent, I felt like a failure. I didn’t really give this a true shot. I felt pressured into buying an inventory for Mary Kay products when I couldn’t afford one. I was being pressured to convince women to try and build a team with us, when I wasn’t about that. I want to help women and even men to feel confident about their skin, or to feel good in their skin. That was the main reason I joined Mary Kay with my friend. None the less, I felt like a failure for not giving my all.

Then two weeks ago, one of my other dearest friends who is getting married in a few months won a free makeover through David’s Bridal with Mary Kay. I was invited to attend, I did. I figured that since I knew how the show is run, I wouldn’t participate. Once we got to the party, the consulant was quite rude. She knew that I had a different consultant so therefore, she didn’t see any potential dollar signs above my head. When she would ask the questions if we knew what certain products were used for or why we should use them, the other girls didn’t know why. But I did, so I answered them. The consultant was impressed with me knowing so much and said that I should be one too. I told her that I was once, but figured that it wasn’t for me. She then asked the following question, “What did you do wrong?” I told her that I tried to through together a few facial parties, but nothing ever came of it, “Well, no wonder, you weren’t doing well because you were doing everything wrong.” She refered to my voice and my attitude. This made me mad.

I thought that she was up high in the clouds, she didn’t know me. She didn’t know what I was going through when I was in Mary Kay. I thought to myself that I should join Mary Kay again to prove her wrong. I quickly changed my mind, because I didn’t want to be around such negativity. But I began to re-evaluate who I am as a person and why I joined Mary Kay in the first place. I began to do research and now I am here. I want to ask you all, whoever reads this blog.

What do you know about Mary Kay? Am I crazy to resign up with them and give it another go? Have you had any experiences with consultants? What can I do to be better and be different than other Mary Kay consultants?

I am reaching out here, becuase if I decide to do this, I want to do it right.

I appreciate you all hanging in there and reading this spill, but I really would appreciate some feedback guys. Thank you all!!!!

~Bailey

Doterra Oils · Health · Knitting · Motivational Mondays

Doterra Rescue!

Good Morning and Happy Monday (I’m trying to be cheerful. Mondays suck.)
Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I heard nothing but fireworks last night in honor of Pioneer Day here in Utah. But I am up early and ready to take on the day. Over the last week, I have been a knitting fool. I always have been, but I decided to finally spread my wings and take on new projects. As of right now, I am working on a Ravenclaw house scarf for a Christmas present. 

But through all the fun I have been having, my arms started to hurt like crazy! Mostly in my forearms and biceps. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why. I was beginning to get concerned due to the fact I haven’t been working out, but my arms felt like I had been.

As I came to a point to where I was beyond concerned, I ask Josh if he would please look up if knitting could be the cause of my discomfort. It was! 

Due to the constant rotation of wrapping the yarn around the needles, and creating stitches, my arms were in a way, working out. Any kind of circular motions can do this. I felt a wave of relief, then worry. I didn’t want to stop knitting. What was I going too do?

For the time being, I pulled out my Balance and Deep Blue blend to calm me down, and to help with the pain in my arms. I applied it to the problem areas and messaged it it.

I felt the pain reduce after a few moments and let my arms have a break. The found some tips I never learned about knitting and your health.

Firstly, I didn’t know you should let your arms and fingers take a break every half hour. (This is the recommended amount of time to let them rest.) Then I learned you should stretch them out, as in before any kind of workout. (Who knew? I didn’t.) 

And lastly, to really help support your ams, place a pillow or a thick blanket under your arms, let them rest, and let your project hang off the pillow. Also keep your finger loose, if you are struggling with pain in your fingers. There is a chance you are gripping your work too tightly. 

This morning, my arms don’t feel as worn out and sore as they didn’t yesterday. I will be applying more of my doterra blend to help with the healing. To help them out more, I’m going to look flexible thimbles and possibly some knitting gloves to protect my wrists from possible damage. As I continue my work, I will apply these few tips that Josh looked up for me, and we will see how it goes!

Have you ever experienced pains with knitting? Or anything similar to it? 

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and Pioneer’s Day!

-Bailey 😃