Table of Contents

  • Irlen Screeners in your area
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  • About Irlen Syndrome
  • • Distortions
  • • Facts about Irlen Syndrome
  • • Self Test
  • • Books and Reference Material

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

     
  • News & Updates
  • • Irlen Newsletters
  • • Irlen in the News
  • • Updates and Research
  • Resources & Information
  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
  • • Irlen Student Information
  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
  • • References
  • • Scientific Research for Irlen
  • • Scientific Reasoning
  • Useful Links
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  • • readingandwriting.ab.ca
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  • • irlencanada.ca
  • Testimonials
  •      Free Irlen Self-Test

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         Irlen Distortions Video

    Irlen Syndrome Youtube Video example of Irlen Distortion.

    If you've ever wondered what it's like to read for someone with Irlen Syndrome, watch this video to find out.
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    Irlen-lenses.

    The Irlen Method uses precision-tinted coloured overlays and filtered lenses. The Irlen Method employs advanced spectrometer technology meeting strict standards of colour balancing for colour correction to correct light frequencies which are not processed correctly by those who suffer from Irlen Syndrome.

    NEWS ALERT July 3, 2017

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Aisha Baabood - Seeb, Oman. Aisha Baabood, co-founder and Executive Director of the White Hands Center for Assistive Technology & Rehabilitation, became an Irlen Diagnostician to help Irlen Syndrome sufferers and their families as well as training other professionals who are interested to become screeners and spread the knowledge. She has a MA in International Education from Sussex University in the U.K. with a minor specialization in Curriculum Development and Teacher Education. She served as an academic lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University for 10 years and was a member of many academic committees. Aisha presented at many international and local conferences on ELT, social entrepreneurship, assistive technology, special needs education, and on Irlen Syndrome. She has won five local and regional awards for her social contributions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Since becoming an Irlen Screener, she has spent the last two years spreading the knowledge and gaining public awareness through lectures in hospitals, schools, malls, rehabilitation centres, and the government sector. Recently she traveled across the country for almost a month to give talks to parents and professionals about Irlen Syndrome.

    Irlen Activities
    Jeannie Dunn, EdD, Irlen Director in Colorado, writes that she spoke at the Mesa County Women’s Network Luncheon about Irlen Syndrome. She did a booth with Laura White, Irlen Screener, to provide information at the Kiwanis Club Pancake Day in Grand Junction, Colorado. Over 2,000 people attended the Kiwanis event, and many of them came to visit their Irlen booth. Debbie Stender, Irlen Director in Colorado, and Jeannie Dunn had an exhibit booth on Irlen Syndrome at the Rocky Mountain Home School Conference in Denver. Jeannie writes, “We are continuing to share information in a variety of venues.”
     
    Sheryl Pliskin, Irlen Director in San Francisco, writes that she is working at Pacific Frontier Medical Center with the Lyme specialist doctor on Mondays. She is one of their providers now. Very fancy…they are a world renowned medical establishment with several physicians. Sheryl also writes that she attended their open house on May 5 and connected with several doctors from around the Bay Area. They were very interested in the Irlen Method.

    Irlen Spectral Filters and Migraines
    From Suzanne Dunklin,
    Irlen Screener: Your visual perception is linked to the ponds back by the trigeminal nerve, so aggravating them or rather your light perception (not your eyesight) can trigger a migraine because of the close proximity and vis-versa. One of the solutions to this is the use of Irlen spectrally modified filters. The filters are adjusted to the exact wavelength of light that the individual has difficulty with. This varies from person to person, so please do not just get blue or yellow lenses, see a trained Irlen Diagnostician who can properly assess the exact color wavelengths that need filtering to help with your migraines. I not only have migraines but I wear Irlen lenses and I am an Irlen Screener. I started wearing them in 1989; and while the colors have changed from time to time, they have totally changed my life.

    Join Helen Irlen at the FREE Online Headache and Migraine Summit
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    Irlen Diagnosticians Retiring
    Larry and Diana Beutler,
    Irlen Directors in Modesto, California, have announced their retirement after being a part of the Irlen family for 30 years. Right after 60 Minutes USA aired the first show about Irlen in 1988, the Beutlers became Irlen Diagnosticians. They have lived through all of the growth and transitions that Irlen has gone through over the years. There are very few people who even stay at the same job for 30 years, and we are very thankful that the Beutlers have given their time and skills to educating, testing, and helping those with Irlen Syndrome. For years Larry and Diana faithfully attended every Irlen International Conference, traveling to Hong Kong, Hawaii, Australia, Belgium, UK, Canada, and beyond. It is hard to think of Irlen or having an International Conference without them. Every year we receive very original, creative Christmas cards that always have someone wearing Irlen Spectral Filters. We want to thank Larry and Diana for their loyalty to Irlen and to helping those with Irlen. It is hard to think of Irlen without them, but we wish them health, fun, and relaxation in their retirement. You will be missed!!!

    Ways to Improve the Performance of Students with ADD/ADHD
    It is difficult not to feel angry and discouraged when your child continues to struggle in school year after year. Each year you watch your child work his hardest, but grades never reflect the amount of time and effort that your child is putting into school work. You worry about next year as each year the demands increase and it becomes harder for your child to stay on task, complete assignments, not daydream in class, and not be able to just sit down and complete the work. You have tried so many things to help your child but the medication and therapy just have not helped. You desperately wish that something would make a difference.
     
    If this scenario describes your life, you’re not alone. ADD/ADHD is the most common learning and behavior problem in children, and it often can have a debilitating impact on a person’s ability to do well in school. Even though ADD remains one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly treated illnesses of our day, there are many proven methods that can assist your struggling student.
     
    According to Dr. Dan Amen, Amen Clinics, there are two practical things that you can do this summer:
     
    1. Get the Blood Flowing– Instead of letting your kids waste the summer away watching TV or playing video games, take them outside and find safe exercises you can do together (no brain injuring sports, please, like football, hockey, or soccer). Try hiking or long walks, but remember to walk fast. Exercise accelerates blood flow to all parts of the body, including the brain, which is particularly beneficial to those with ADD. Physical activity also increases the availability of serotonin in the brain, which has a tendency to calm hyperactivity. It’s recommended that children and teens with ADD get 30 to 45 minutes of exercise daily. The key is to establish consistent exercise habits in the summer that can carry over into the school year.
     
    2. Make a Menu Change– A nutritional intervention can be especially helpful for those with ADD. Though not true of all types of ADD, most people with ADD do best with a higher protein, lower simple carbohydrate diet. This diet has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels and also boosts both energy and concentration. The best time to make changes to your family’s diet is during the summer. By testing a variety of menu options, you can discover which recipes appeal to the whole family and use those to create a list of go-to meals for the busy school year. If you need suggestions for brain-healthy recipes, The Brain Warrior’s Way Cookbook can be an invaluable resource.
     
    3. Take a Look– Correct identification is the most important step. With over 1/3 of children being misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD, the problem might not be ADD/ADHD at all but Irlen Syndrome. The only way to know is to go online and check out the Self-Tests for Irlen Syndrome on www.irlen.com. If this is the underlying cause of the inattention and problems with concentration and performance, the solution is as simple as being evaluated at an Irlen Center to determine the color or combination of colors you need to wear as glasses to calm down your brain so that it can work right. Each color is designed to address your unique needs as each brain is different and needs its own unique prescription of colors.
     
    ADD, like many other conditions, is not just a single and simple disorder; therefore, treatment is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Effective treatment gives each individual the most personalized outcome, allowing each individual to reach their true potential.
     
    When properly diagnosed and treated, children and adults who appear to have ADD/ADHD can change their life. Visit www.irlen.com or call the closest Irlen Diagnostician to schedule an appointment.

    Q & A: We Answer Your Questions
     
    Question: I have taken the Irlen Self-Test and watched the video and believe that I may have Irlen Syndrome. I just discovered this today and have a few questions. I had problems reading and was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was young. I am now 40 years old and have been growing more and more sensitive to light over the years, often bright lights will lead to blurry vision and migraines. Is Irlen Syndrome something that can become more severe over time?
    Answer: Yes, if not addressed, Irlen symptoms can become more severe over time. You need to understand that if you have Irlen Syndrome, your brain is under stress in lighting, especially fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight, even headlights at night and on computers, iPads, iPhones, reading, and doing other visual activities. When your brain is stressed, it affects your health and well-being causing fatigue and increased sensitivity. Irlen Spectral Filters are worn to protect your brain, reduce stress, and improve your health and well-being.
     
    Question: I am 45 and suffer chronic migraines-lifelong and got worse with perimenopause. I've been to a neurologist, had scans, blood work, and there is 'nothing wrong with me.' Wearing sunglasses indoors where fluorescent light is and dimming lights at home helps a little. I still get the headaches. How do I get spectral filters? I have tried everything else.
    Answer: Thank you for writing. It appears that your chronic migraines may be light-induced and can be reduced or eliminated with individually created Irlen Spectral Filters where only those wavelengths of light that your brain cannot handle are filtered. Sunglasses reduce all of the colors in the light spectrum to make things darker but do not create the right balance of filtering to protect and calm your brain. This is what is needed to minimize or eliminate your chronic migraines.

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    Children Who Enjoy Reading Are Over Three Years Ahead in the Classroom
    Research published by the National Literacy Trust in the UK highlights the link between enjoyment of reading and achievement, with children who enjoy reading more likely to do better at reading, more than three years ahead in the classroom, than their peers who don't enjoy it. The findings are based on data from 42,406 children aged 8 to 18 who participated in a National Literacy Trust survey at the end of 2016. At age 10, children who enjoy reading have a reading age 1.3 years higher than their peers who don't enjoy reading, rising to 2.1 years for 12-year-olds. At age 14, children who enjoy reading have an average reading age of 15.3 years, while those who don't enjoy reading have an average reading age of just 12 years, a difference of 3.3 years. The survey also indicates that three-quarters (78%) of UK primary school children enjoy reading, with girls more likely to enjoy reading than boys. Overall, 64.9% of girls enjoying reading either very much or quite a lot compared with 52.4% of boys, and this gap increases with age. At ages 8 to 11, 82.8% of girls and 72.4% of boys said they enjoyed reading. By ages 14 to 16, this figure has dropped to 53.3% of girls and 35.7% of boys reporting that they enjoy reading.

    Autism Predicted with Great Accuracy in High-Risk Infants by AI
    An artificial intelligence system examined brain scans and was able to determine with great accuracy whether 6-month-old babies would develop autism by age 2, according to a study published in Science Translational Medicine. The AI system analyzed brain scans of 59 babies who had a sibling diagnosed with autism and correctly predicted that 48 would not develop the disorder and that nine out of the remaining 11 babies would. LiveScience (6/7)

    Maternal Psychiatric Disorders May Be Tied to ADHD Risk in Children
    Researchers found that youths whose mothers had psychiatric disorders and never used antidepressants during pregnancy had 84% higher odds of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, compared with those whose mothers didn't have mental health issues. The findings in The BMJ also showed no higher ADHD risk among those whose mothers used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during gestation, but a 59% increased risk among those who used other types of antidepressants. Reuters (6/7)

    How School Therapy Dog Supports Students with ASD, ADHD
    Last year, Kaven Raastad had trouble controlling his temper and was often paying visits to the principal’s office. But this year, he made a dramatic turn for the better. Kaven, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorder, learned to control his temper, took on more responsibilities at school and home, found ways to cope with stress and never paid a visit to the principal’s office, except to be signed off to move on to the eighth grade. The transformation all began when Kaven met a small golden retriever named Bailey. The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (6/5) READ MORE

    12 States Seek to Keep Students in School Longer
    Lawmakers in 12 states are considering legislation that would expand the amount of time students spend in school. Proposals include mandatory kindergarten and raising the legal dropout age. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (6/5)

    Positive Findings in Small-Scale Suramin Pilot Study at UCSD
    In a placebo-controlled clinical trial, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine administered low dose suramin to five boys with ASD and observed improvements in language, social behavior, and repetitive behaviors as compared to the placebo group. Since this study consists of a small sample of children with ASD, we must be careful about generalizing these findings to the entire autism spectrum. Furthermore, although suramin is considered very safe at low doses, more research is needed to examine possible interactions with other drugs. This research was partially funded by the Autism Research Institute. READ MORE

    Readers Absorb Less on Kindles than on Paper, Study Finds
    Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books. Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University pointed to a paper published last year, which gave 72 Norwegian 10th-graders texts to read in print, or in PDF on a computer screen, followed by comprehension tests. She and her fellow researchers found that "students who read texts in print scored significantly better on the reading comprehension test than students who read the texts digitally".She is now chairing a new European research network doing empirical research on the effects of digitisation on text reading. The network says that "research shows that the amount of time spent reading long-form texts is in decline, and due to digitisation, reading is becoming more intermittent and fragmented", with "empirical evidence indicat[ing] that affordances of screen devices might negatively impact cognitive and emotional aspects of reading". They hope their work will improve scientific understanding of the implications of digitisation, thus helping to cope with its impact.

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    Sports Concussion and Getting Back in the Game... of Life
    A New Book By Helen Irlen Download it today on Amazon This is a unique book in that it not only talks about the growing concern today regarding concussions in sports, but it also offers a proven solution to mitigate or even eliminate the symptoms, when concussions don’t “just go away.” It’s called the Irlen Method.