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    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 February 1, 2016

    New Irlen Diagnosticians
    Michelle Amy Cowles – New South Wales, Australia. Michelle works in Dubbo, a rural community in western New South Wales, Australia. It is a regional city servicing a geographical area of approximately 270,000 km, one-third the size of NSW. The city’s population is in excess of 41,000 with a catchment population of more than 120,000. Michelle states that the traditional owners of our land are the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation. As a teacher and parent of two children with a late diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome, Michelle has a passion for assisting others who are struggling to learn in a variety of contexts. She is committed to identifying students with symptoms and assessing their needs to determine if they may benefit from Irlen lenses. As an educator and advocate for Irlen awareness, she values her role as an Irlen Screener and has seen the difference Irlen lenses can make to individuals with Irlen Syndrome. Michelle is working with Irlen Director Erin Young.

    Lilyane Bienert – Alberta, Canada.
    Lilyane is currently in her third year of working for the Edmonton Public School Board as a part-time music teacher, which she is thoroughly enjoying. She has been working as an Educational Therapist, registered through the National Institute for Learning Development, for 16 years. This intervention program helps students develop their metacognition so that they can become independent learners and thinkers in school and in life. Lilyane has been working at the Irlen Centre Alberta for seven years as an Irlen Screener and finds it very fulfilling to be able to help people find solutions to their difficulties with learning, reading, and light sensitivities through the use of overlays and colored paper. The majority of her Irlen Screening clients have gone on to use the Irlen glasses. She has tutored students from time to time at the Irlen Centre as well. Her work as a music teacher, Educational Therapist, and Irlen Screener are all good steps that will help her to become an effective Irlen Diagnostician. Lilyane will be working as an Irlen Diagnostician with Director Judy Pool in the large city of Edmonton, Alberta, as well as the northern part of the province of Alberta.

    Janet Shion - Singapore.
    Janet has obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and Certificate in Dyscalculia and Numeracy Teaching. She is a math tutor, focusing on students who have dyslexia. In 2014, she was trained by Dr. Doris Ang as an Irlen Screener to help children with Irlen Syndrome. Janet has been actively promoting the awareness of Irlen Syndrome by involving with talks in schools, tuition center, and the community in Singapore. Janet states, “My kids’ lives have improved tremendously since they started wearing the Irlen lenses. I am committed to bringing the Irlen Method to individuals who need it.” She is going to embark on her Master of Psychology in 2016 and is determined to use psychological knowledge and the Irlen Method to help people achieve breakthroughs in their lives. Janet is working with Dr. Doris Ang, Irlen Director in Singapore.

    Invisible Scars: How to Treat Combat Stress and PTSD Without Medication (Paperback)
    By Bart P. Billings PhD

    In this tell-all book, Dr. Billings chronicles the VA and the Military’s decision to use brain/mind altering medications for residual effects of combat stress, why they do it, the effects on veterans/soldiers, and how new integrative treatment programs are now helping military veterans return to normal, healthy lives, without brain/mind altering psychiatric medications.
    Leading the call for a more intelligent, more effective and humane treatment is Bart P. Billings, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, retired enlisted soldier, and Medical Service Corps officer (USA retired - 34 yrs.). He has successfully treated hundreds of soldiers with combat stress reactions and PTSD without psychiatric medications.

    Why Dyscalculia and Irlen Syndrome Deserve the Same Exposure as...
    Wales News

    Why dyscalculia and Irlen Syndrome deserve the same exposure as…Imagine dyslexia but with numbers. That is what this Neath woman has to deal with every day. Nichola Hill-Williams suffers from dyscalculia and Irlen syndrome, both of which, she says, deserve more exposure. Such are the difficulties that come with the conditions that in the past they have inhibited her from getting jobs, affected her confidence, and even caused her reliability and trust to be called to account. READ MORE

    Now Available in Paperback! Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game...of Life
    By Helen Irlen

    Helen Irlen's latest book about concussions and Irlen Syndrome is now available in hard copy from Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Europe, and very soon from the Irlen Store!
    Finally, someone who recognizes you can't just "shake it off" and continue in life, in school, or at work as if nothing's happened! In this revolutionary new eBook by Helen Irlen, there isn't just an acknowledgement of the lasting effects that concussion can have on behavior and academic performance, but also a solution to directly address and correct lingering physical symptoms of headaches and light sensitivity, as well as reading difficulties and other academic challenges. Full of new information and practical solutions, "Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game of Life" is a must-read for educators, coaches, and any individual who has suffered a concussion or head injury.

    Irlen Clings(TM) Coming Out in Expanded Color Array
    In a few short weeks, Irlen Clings (TM) will be available in an expanded array of colors, including purple, green, and rose. Irlen Clings(TM) are currently available in our 4 most popular overlay colors (blue-grey, turquoise, aqua, and purple), but before the end of the month will become available in 4 additional colors. Place multiple Clings side-by-side for large computer screens, or trim your Cling to fit your iPhone or iPad. Irlen Clings have an optical-grade clear adhesive that is removable and reusable and won't leave any residue on your screen. Irlen Clings(TM) are only available at the Irlen Store.

    Other Noteworthy News

    Second Season Approved For Program Featuring Adults With Down Syndrome
    A&E Network plans to air a second season of the reality series, "Born This Way," which chronicles seven young adults with Down syndrome. Network executives said the first six-episode season, which aired in December, received positive feedback from families of individuals with disabilities and a growing audience of viewers. Disability Scoop (1/12)
    Note from Helen: Whether you do or do not have a child with a disability, this series is worth watching. One of the girls with Down syndrome and her parents are good friends of ours.

    Rasha Anwar Presents At TESOL Conference
    Rasha Anwar, Irlen Director in Egypt, is one of the presenters at the Nile TESOL 2016 Conference, "Best Practices in TESOL: Communicate, Collaborate, Create," which will be held at the American University in Cairo, New Cairo campus. She is scheduled to talk on: Why Should Teachers of English Language Be Informed of Irlen Syndrome.

    Trauma Can Affect Academic Performance, Study Finds
    Children who had at least three adverse experiences, such as neglect or physical abuse, had an 80% increased risk of having below-average skills in math, language and literacy, according to a study in Pediatrics. Such children also had more than three times increased likelihood of having attention problems and were nearly three times more likely to have social problems. HealthDay News (1/14)

    Scientist Citing HPV Vaccine Concerns
    Dr. Lee’s research shows that there is at least one known mechanism of action explaining why serious adverse reactions occur more often in people injected with HPV vaccines than other vaccines, and why certain predisposed individuals may suffer a sudden unexplained death as a result. It appears this is part of the information the ‘experts’ deemed necessary to suppress. Read Dr. Lee’s submittal to Dr. Chan HERE.

    Do Longer School Days Improve Learning Outcomes?
    An Indiana school district is considering adding as much as 40 minutes to the day for elementary students beginning in the 2016-17 school year. David Farbman, senior researcher for the National Center on Time & Learning, says longer school days can improve outcomes for students if the time is spent in meaningful ways, such as providing teachers with more time to collaborate. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (1/17)

    Are Dogs An Anxious Child’s Best Friend?
    Laurie E. Scudder, DNP, NP; Anne M. Gadomski, MD, MPH Pets are an important part of many families, and pediatric providers are often queried about the pros and cons of animals for children of all ages. Although multiple reports over the years have documented health benefits of human-animal interactions, much of that research has been conducted in adults rather than children. However, a recent study,[1] published in Preventing Chronic Disease, examined the health effects of dog ownership in a group of preschool- and elementary school-aged children and concluded that children whose families owned dogs had a statistically significant reduction in the incidence of anxiety. Medscape spoke with Anne M. Gadomski, MD, MPH, principal investigator in this study, about this research and asked her to summarize the current state of evidence that addresses this important question: Can pets provide an important strategy to promote mental and physical health in children? Medscape
    “Our key findings were that having a pet dog in the home was associated with less child anxiety as measured by the SCARED-5 screen for anxiety. Among children whose SCARED score exceeded 3 (the point at which further diagnostic workup is indicated for anxiety), 12% did and 21% did not have pet dogs. We also found that higher levels of child attachment to the pet dog as measured by a separate instrument—the Companion Animal Bonding Scale—were associated with more time spent being physically active with the dog. That's intuitive—if you are more attached to your dog, you are going to spend more time playing with or walking that dog.”

    Aired on PBS NewsHour: Education Week Reports: VocEd 2.0 — Getting Students College - or Career - Ready
    In growing numbers, U.S. high schools see it as their mission to prepare young people for college. But for a host of reasons, a big percentage of students who enroll in college never make it through. Instead, they leave with crushing debt and no degree. Given this reality, some argue that students would be better served if there were more alternatives to higher education. Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton, Massachusetts, offers students one such option. At Southeastern, students take traditional academic courses and they learn any number of vocations—including carpentry, culinary arts, metal fabrication, and video production—with the idea that they can jump straight into well-paying jobs if they choose to delay or forgo college.

    PBS Kids Helps Parents Teach Early Math Skills to Preschoolers
    A recent report by WestEd examined the effects of math-related online activities and parental support materials from the PBS shows Sid the Science Kid, Curious George, and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That on preschoolers' math skills and on their parents' ability to support math learning at home.
    Two Head Start centers in a low-income community in California were randomly assigned to serve either as an experimental or control group for eight weeks. A total of 90 parent/child pairs were involved (n=45E, 45C), with two-thirds eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches. The mean age of the children was 4 years, 5 months. One-third of the students were English language learners, and 14% received special education services. All children learned the same math concepts addressed in the PBS shows: numbers and base ten, measurement and data, and geometry and spatial sense. The control group continued to learn as they would have had they not been in the study, but the experimental group's parents and children were assigned to work with PBS-related online math material and parental support materials at home 30 minutes a day four days a week. Usage logs showed that most parents/preschoolers exceeded this time, spending 173 minutes a week three times a week doing online math games, and 20-40 minutes doing hands-on activities. Parents in the experimental group also attended meetings at the school one hour a week to discuss their experiences and address that week's math theme.
    Children were pre- and post-tested on the standardized, nationally normed Test of Early Mathematics Ability. Adjusted mean differences at posttest showed that the experimental group scored significantly better than the control group in numerical sense, the prime focus of the intervention. Data analysis relating to parental awareness of and ability to support math learning at home showed that parental awareness of their children's math ability increased over time. Furthermore, parent surveys showed that parents felt guided and supported by the meetings and felt competent to continue to help their children at home.
    While researchers note that the study procedures would be difficult to replicate on a larger scale as is, an alternate, similar approach training professionals to teach parents to use the PBS Kids resources at home to support math learning is suggested for a future, larger study.

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    April 7: *An Introduction to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet REGISTER
    April 21: *Utilizing Students' Interests to Teach Social Skills REGISTER
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    June 2: *Overview of the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of ASD REGISTER
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    June 16: *Effects of Medical Experiences on Early Development REGISTER
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    A 12 Year Old Who Definitely Has Irlen Symptoms
    My 12 year old son suffers mostly from light sensitivity. He comp lains about the white boards in school and has a difficult time reading for extended periods. He also has to turn the brightness down on the computer, his I-phone and television. He is an avid baseball player; and we noticed that after night games and practices, he is getting bad headaches and feeling nauseous, but during the day he's fine. We recently had his eyes checked and the doctor said nothing is wrong (healthy eyes and 20/20 vision). His pediatrician suggested it's caused by fatigue. After spending the last few nights researching, Irlen syndrome is definitely something we feel he should be tested for, so he can be helped. This (Irlen) seems like a possible solution. Thanks for your time and have a great day.
    - Concerned Parent

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