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  • About Irlen Syndrome
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  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
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  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
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  • • Scientific Reasoning
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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 October 17, 2017

    ISAW is Here!

    There's a lot going on this week - check out the list below to make sure you don't miss out!
    TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
    Did you turn out your lights today to show your support? If so, remember to check in on the world blackout map and tell us you participated (CHECK IN NOW)!
    LIVE Q&A WITH CORNELL UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS
    Tune in tomorrow to the Irlen Syndrome Foundation Facebook Page for a live talk and Q&A with Cornell University professors Adam Anderson and Eve DeRosa! If you can't make the live event, check it out anytime on the Facebook Page.

    HELEN IRLEN LIVE ON FACEBOOK
    Join Helen Irlen LIVE on Thursday at 11:30am (pacific time) on the Irlen Institute Facebook Page to hear how the environment is stressing you out! Don't miss this opportunity to chat live with Helen during the event!

    And, if you did anything to help raise awareness this week, please let us know what you did! Tell us on the Irlen Awareness Week Facebook Group, or send us an email at irleninstitute@irlen.com.

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Rei Kiyokawa – Taichung City, Taiwan.
    Rei Kiyokawa is currently a certified psychological counselor and Sandplay Therapist. She has worked as an ESL teacher in a few bilingual private school settings while living in Taiwan. She has also been a private tutor for children with special needs there. Rei was first introduced to the Irlen Method through personal experience with her own child, who has Irlen Syndrome. She became an Irlen Screener in 2011, trained by Dr. Zuccone in Texas. Later she joined the Irlen Team at the University of Tsukuba (Tokyo) for clinical practice under Dr. Kumagai, Irlen Director. She has started Irlen promotional activities on her own since last year in Taiwan as well as the international communities in the Tokyo area. She hopes to raise public awareness of Irlen Syndrome and the Irlen Method to more Chinese speaking regions in the future.

    Neomi Lalazar – Beer-Sheva, Israel.
    Neomi Lalazar holds a Master in Education, Curriculum and Multimedia. For 30 years, she has taught in the formal school system and frequently encountered children with various difficulties in reading: children with higher and lower capabilities. She understood that something is causing their difficulty in reading, writing, and/or math. She would ask them what they see on the page when they read, do they experience any visual phenomena, does something happen to the letters, and does something happen to the lines? The children knew to explain and describe what they experience on the page during reading. Unfortunately, at the time, she did not know what to do with this information. She failed in assisting those frustrated children whose self-image was greatly hurt and a sense of failure accompanied them. Neomi understood that they knew how to read and that something was preventing them from carrying out a seemingly simple act. Ten years ago, she founded and is managing the Fly Far Center for Improvement of Competencies. The Center integrates a number of methods and approaches which she has specialized in over the years. The methods and approaches provide solutions for every stage. In her search for life-changing methods, Neomi discovered the Irlen Method, which gave her answers to questions which she had been searching for over the years. The Irlen Method is, in her view, “life-saving.” “When I see a child or an adult arrive with a diagnosis of multiple difficulties and leave comforted with the knowledge that they know that a solution has been found, I know that they will focus and will indeed ‘fly far’. The Fly Far Center was established out of a strong desire to enable each and every person to find their way in the world from a drive to self-realization. The Irlen Method itself allows such self-realization and the fulfillment of one’s dreams."

    Catherine McLennan – New South Wales, Australia.
    Catherine McLennan BE,Dip Teaching, is an experienced primary and high school teacher with 30 years of service. She has extensive experience working with people struggling to read and has a deep understanding of the many issues that surround the troubling problem. She has devoted the last 20 years of her career to helping both children and adults with reading difficulties. She is a qualified teacher and holds a Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching, Certificate in Understanding Human Behaviour, Certificate in English as a Second Language, and a Drama Teaching Certificate from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). She began her teaching career working with primary students in 1986. In 1991, she made the move to high school where she taught English and drama. Seeing the need for a more integrated approach to remedial reading instruction, she developed the Listen to Read process and curriculum over a 14 year period. Through her private practice, she has specialized in remedial reading, has helped over 500 students personally, and has trained others in the delivery of this unique multi-sensory reading program. Her mission is to give all children the opportunities that stem from fluent reading. Catherine became an Irlen Screener in July of 2011 and discovered that reading difficulties can be caused by underlying visual processing difficulties associated with Irlen Syndrome. She has been a passionate advocate of Irlen Syndrome since her initial training and now implements Irlen screenings with many of her students and adults. “I am passionate about helping those who struggle with reading; becoming more involved with Irlen will allow me to help more children and adults who struggle with the reading process.” Catherine works with Irlen Director Nerida Crowe.

    We Get Emails: Share your own story at irleninstitute@irlen.com

    “Hi Irlen Friends. Let Mrs. Irlen know that my son just tested the highest in his 4th grade class! In 1st grade, he was failing. In 2nd grade, he was the worst. At the end of 3rd grade, he had just gotten his Irlen Spectral Filters and was 801. Beginning 4th grade: 1091! Highest in his class! The glasses are perfect. A big thank you from a happy mom.”

    More Emails

    Email:
    Hello! I have been reading about Irlen Syndrome for my son. He is 6 years old and was born with no vision in his left eye. He is developmentally delayed. His private OT mentioned Irlen syndrome, so I bought the book and have been researching on the internet. Since he is monocular, how does that pertain to Irlen Syndrome and using your methods? I can't seem to find any information on connecting the two. I may be just missing it or not using the right terminology. Thanks! Ava

    Response:
    Thank you for writing. Irlen Syndrome is related to the timing that the information reaches the brain (visual cortex) where it is processed. The basic concept is that visual information is sent to the brain as wavelengths of light or colors. For those with Irlen Syndrome, certain of the wavelengths of light or colors the timing is off, creating distortions (like optical illusions) and physical symptoms resulting in difficulties in a number of areas. If an individual has Irlen Syndrome, It makes little difference if the individual sees with one eye or both eyes nor does it affect the outcome.

    Irlen Syndrome Officially Recognized by the Ministry of Education in Egypt

    The continuous efforts of Rasha Anwar, Irlen Director in Egypt, during the last four years has finally resulted in the recognition by the Ministry of Education of "Irlen Syndrome" as a disability that entitles the student for inclusive education in mainstream schools. A new ministerial decree was issued on 5 August 2017 for Inclusive Education, listing students with Irlen Syndrome, for the first time, among students with different disabilities. IS was mentioned among visual disabilities. However, it's a great achievement to build on. We are all extremely pleased and want to thank Rasha for her persistent effort and time that it took to achieve this goal for the children of Egypt.

    Rasha will also be publishing a joint paper on Irlen Syndrome in a collective book in special needs that will be published by an Algerian professor. The joint paper is with a professor in the Arts College in Helwan University. Publishing will take place in Germany. The title of the paper is Irlen Syndrome and Learning Arabic Language. It is a great opportunity to introduce Irlen Syndrome in Algeria and other countries in North Africa.

    Rasha met with the head of the Professional Academy for Teachers, the training arm of Ministry of Education and two of his subordinates in an effort to obtain accreditation of the training kit. All of them were welcoming and cooperative. Accreditation takes around one month from date of submitting full requirements. Rasha has to translate the training manuals and material into Arabic, which is a time consuming task. She met with the Head of Medical Services Department in the General Authority of Health Insurance and his deputy. They are responsible for all assessments required for school students. Both of them seemed very interested after she gave them an overview of Irlen Syndrome and Method. They showed willingness to plan for awareness and training immediately in order to be able to implement the new decree of the Ministry of Education. Rasha will need to exert all efforts to find a sponsoring entity for this purpose once the plan has been finalized. The preliminary number of targeted staff to be trained is 100 psychologists, distributed all over Egypt. Initially, there will be five training seminars; two in Cairo, and one in each of the other three main local areas in Egypt; upper, lower, and eastern areas.

    Grateful Military Clients

    GySgt. Alejandro Lopez did three tours of duty in Iraq, starting in 2003, where he experienced IEDs, RPGs, small arms fire, mortars and rocket blasts. He was diagnosed with TBI, migraine syndrome, photosensitivity, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD. When he was seen at the Irlen Institute in August 2017, he has been having headaches all day, every day, which became migraines twice a day with dizziness, nausea and stomachaches, for the past 14 years. He was on migraine medication and had tried acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, neurofeedback, yoga, vestibular therapy, and vision therapy. Three months after receiving his Irlen Spectral Filters, he no longer has headaches, migraines, nausea, or dizziness. He can read, work on the computer, be outside, is no longer depressed, and is able to concentrate. This is what he says about his Irlen Spectral Filters: "Really thankful for my Irlen Filters. They make a day and night difference. They have totally changed my life. They are the best thing that ever happened to help me as everything else didn't work."

    Irlen Goes Shopping

    Karen England, Irlen Director in Australia, sent in an update and some photos of her Irlen booth in a shopping mall. Karen writes that it generated quite a bit of interest. Not only is business increasing, but she was approached by the head of training at the local prison and is following up that lead. She gained two prospective screener trainees (applications due any day), and a lot of people stopped by to chat and look. She did free short screenings on the last day there, and all the people screened came in the next week or so to follow up on testing. “One week is obviously not enough to generate the type of information dispersal I am looking for, and I will try for quarterly promotion weeks.” While there, she was approached by the person in charge of space leasing in the largest mall on the north side of Canberra, and she has followed that up and booked it in for October.

    “I have to say that the light and noise in these malls are ghastly, and I had a headache for the last three days I was in there, from the time I went in till I left! If I am doing this regularly, I will get a separate pair of (Irlen) glasses with a much darker tint to protect my eyes.”

    Helen commented: The malls are a good place to capture clients as the lighting increases their awareness of Irlen symptoms.

    Another Happy Client

    “I have had my glasses a week; and my depth perception is back, and I am not almost missing steps. I actually know where my hand is in space when I draw. With regular glasses, my eyes would hurt; I would take them off and on all day long. I do not take off my Irlen glasses. I do not feel like my brain is a ping pong ball bounced off the walls of my skull. Additionally in one week, I have lost 8 lbs. by doing nothing more than wearing my Irlen glasses. I am part of the Irlen family for life. Thank you again.”

    Other Noteworthy News

    How Sensory Rooms Support Students
    Some school districts are using sensory rooms to support students with special needs. One New Jersey district has noticed fewer classroom disruptions after opening two sensory rooms and developing plans for student use known as sensory "diets."
    District Administration magazine online (8/18)

    How Reading on a Screen Affects Comprehension
    Reading on a digital device can affect comprehension of lengthier texts, according to analysis of studies published between 1992 and 2017. Researchers found that comprehension can suffer after more than 500 words – or about one page of a book or screen—yet some students often believe their understanding improves when reading on a digital device. – The Hechinger Report (8/23).

    Psychiatric disorders more likely among young adults with ASD
    Canadian researchers found that more than 51% of young adults with autism spectrum disorder ages 18 to 24 had one or more psychiatric diagnoses, compared with about 38% of those with other developmental disabilities and about 20% of those in the general population. The findings in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders also showed increased odds of psychiatrist and emergency department visits for psychiatric reasons among those with ASD. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (9/13).

    Youth Football May Boost Behavioral, Cognitive Problems in Adulthood
    Children who played tackle football before age 12 were two times more likely to develop problems with behavioral regulation, executive function and apathy, and had an increased likelihood of elevated depression scores in adulthood, compared with those who played at age 12 or older, researchers reported in Nature's Translational Psychiatry. The findings also showed similar health risks for those who gave up the sport before high school and those who continued in high school and college.
    The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/19), TIME online (9/19), STAT (tiered subscription model) (9/19)

    Greenhouse Provides Academic, Life Lessons
    The overhaul of a greenhouse at a New Mexico high school has provided students with special needs in a prevocational class with several hands-on learning opportunities. Along with incorporating academic skills, the practical agricultural activities help boost students' confidence, teacher Rawnie McKibben said.
    Carlsbad Current-Argus (N.M.) (9/24)

    Study: Nearly 20% of US Teens Reported Having Concussions
    Researchers found that 19.5% of US teens said they have had a concussion diagnosis -- 5.5% of whom had two or more concussions. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, based on 2016 Monitoring the Future study data involving 13,088 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students, also showed a higher risk of concussion reporting among boys, whites, those in a higher grade and those participating in competitive sports.
    Reuters (9/26), United Press International (9/26), Science News (9/26)
    Note from Helen: Make sure that you baseline your child’s cognitive and academic abilities, light sensitivity, physical symptoms including headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, etc., right after the concussion and make sure that these changes do not last longer than a few months. If they do, seek help from your medical doctor and check out the information on concussions on www.irlen.com and the book Sports Concussions and getting back into the game… of life by Helen Irlen available on Amazon.

    Study Examines Effect of Football on the Brain
    The long-term effects of high-school football on cognition and mental health are unclear. In a recent study, researchers say there were no statistically significant harmful effects on later-life cognition and mental health among those who played the sport. Scientific American Online (8/24)

    Kansas School Designs Space With Supports For Students
    As part of its STAR program -- which stands for strategic teaching with adaptations and reinforcement -- a Kansas school has remodeled three classrooms to meet the needs of students with special needs. The classrooms offer self-contained environments, including more workspace for the children, calming areas for students with sensory needs and beanbag chairs for reading.
    Hays Post (Kan.) (9/30)

    Mental Health Issues Challenge Young Adults With Autism
    Young adults with autism are more than five times more likely to have a psychiatric diagnosis than those without a developmental condition and nearly twice as likely as people with other developmental disabilities. It is important to note that the signs of depression and anxiety may be different in people with autism, said study coauthor Yona Lunsky. National Public Radio (10/1)

    Survey Shows Phone Addiction Among Teens, Parents
    Mobile-phone addiction may be a problem for teenagers and their parents, according to a survey of 1,200 Americans and 1,200 Japanese people. In the US, a majority -- 78% of teens and 69% of parents -- reported using their devices every hour. Voice of America

    Dr. Amen and Captain Snout to the Rescue! A Book I Highly Recommend You Read to Your Children
    Do your children ever struggle with negative thoughts? Do they ever feel sad or anxious? Do they voice feelings of being inferior or that things won’t work out for them at school, with friends, or playing sports? If so, they may have ANTs, which stands for Automatic Negative Thoughts, and Captain Snout is here to help. He has Super Power Questions to help them eliminate the ANTs, so they can feel happy and confident. In Daniel Amen’s new book, Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions, he teaches children how to take control of their behavior, mood, and feelings by learning how to question their own thoughts with a few simple questions.

    The ANTs concept is based on a powerful form of psychotherapy called CBT or Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. In numerous studies, CBT has been found to be as effective as medication for helping people who struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, and other psychological challenges. When children or adults allow themselves to think negative thoughts over and over, the part of their brain that senses fear and unhappiness grows stronger. Learning how to stop the ANTs helps the brain function in a healthier way. By changing your thoughts, you can literally change your brain.

    After you read this story together, ask your child to tell you about his or her own ANTs. Help them answer the simple questions our superhero asks in this book. Let it open a dialogue between you and your children so that everyone in your family can learn to stop the ANTs.

    Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions is currently for pre-sale at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

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    Review by Shoshana Shamberg on Amazon.com. “Another amazing book by Helen Irlen, the genius behind the creation of Irlen Method, one of the most effective interventions for visual sensory processing disorders affecting reading, writing, attention, anxiety, visual processing, and daily functioning. A must-read for all occupational therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, and teachers.”

    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.