Turner Syndrome and Irlen

I tested a child with Turner syndrome. This condition encompasses several conditions in human females, of which monosomy X (absence of an entire sex chromosome, the Barr body) is most common. The syndrome manifests itself in a number of ways. There are characteristic physical abnormalities, such as short stature, swelling, broad chest, low hairline, low-set ears, and webbed necks. Girls with Turner syndrome typically experience gonadal dysfunction (non-working ovaries), which results in amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycle) and sterility. Concurrent concerns are also frequently present, including vision problems, hearing concerns, and many autoimmune diseases. Finally, a specific pattern of cognitive deficits is often observed, with particular difficulties in visuospatial, mathematical, and memory areas.

The 12 year old I saw had severe Irlen symptoms and responded very positively to Irlen Spectral Filters. She had been in RSP for reading and math with a long standing history of reading, learning, and academic problems. Psychoeducational testing identified visual processing deficits and slow processing speed. She was also misdiagnosed with ADHD. She was ecstatic with the difference it made for her reading, math, and elimination of physical symptoms. Her mother has taken on the mission of educating other families who have children with Turner syndrome about Irlen as she feels many of them could benefit from Irlen Spectral Filters.

Colorful wishes,

Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFTExecutive Director Irlen Institute International HQ PPS Credentialed School Psychologist Educational Therapist Adult Learning Disability Specialist Board Certified Professional Counselor Licensed Therapist