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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 January 18, 2016

    Texas Irlen Association Annual Meeting – January 30, 2016: Don’t Miss Out!
    The Texas Irlen Association will host its annual meeting on January 30, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. The TIA was founded by Dr. Patricia Johnson in 1997 as a professional organization to advance the knowledge of Irlen Syndrome, to provide a form for sharing information, and to help ensure high standards of professional conduct for professionals trained in Irlen technology. The one-day conference is open to anyone interested in the Irlen process. Irlen Screeners can receive up to 10 hours of continuing education which will allow them to keep their Irlen Certification current. This year’s agenda includes information on how Irlen affects math skills, the brain and stress related disorders, and current information on technology that can assist those affected by Irlen Syndrome. Helen Irlen and Dr. Sandy Tosta will be skyped into the meeting for a “live” interactive communication with those in attendance. Please visit the website at to register and for discounted hotel information. Look under the tabs “Calendar of Events” and “Resources.” There is still time to register and join us for this one day event!!!

    Interview in Zahrat Al Khaleej
    Mona Kazim, Irlen Director in UAE, was interviewed by a very well-known magazine in the United Arab Emirates called Zahrat Al Khaleej. It was a special edition for National Day. She talked about Irlen Syndrome, its symptoms, problems associated with it, who could have it, how to deal with it, and the Irlen questionnaire, screening, and diagnostic testing.

    Reclaim Your Brain: How to Calm Your thoughts, Heal Your Mind, and Bring Your Life Back Under Control by Joseph A. Annibali, MD
    This new book by Dr. Annibali at the Amen Clinics is a great read! Not only is Helen’s recommendation on the back cover, but there is a chapter on Irlen in the book.
    “Reclaim Your Brain is your road map to a better brain and a better life. It is packed with useful information, powerful stories, and a completely new way of thinking that can help you feel better quickly as you heal and balance your busy brain.”—Daniel Amen, MD

    We Don't All See Things The Same Way
    I saw an 11 year old girl. This emotional girl struggles to read as the words lift and turn and the page is flashing. Her eyes hurt. Her wish: ‘Just to see things like everyone in my class.’ When the third layer went on under fluorescents, she exclaimed, ‘Wow this is so cool…I can see…I can read.’ Then she said, ‘Is this really what other people see?’ I found what she said so moving. It reminded me of where you (Helen) started…challenging the idea that everyone sees the same thing. This work never ceases to amaze me. -- Alan Penn, UK Irlen Director

    New Irlen Clings(TM) For Computers, iPads, eReaders, and More
    We know you iPad and iPhone users were really jealous when we came out with our Digital Overlay for Android Devices. And, we know you've been asking for overlays you can use on other electronic screens, like computers and eReaders. We're thrilled to announce the release of Irlen Clings(TM) - colored overlays for electronic devices, including computer screens, eReaders, iPhone and iPad! Our new Irlen Clings(TM) are available in our 4 most popular overlay colors (blue-grey, turquoise, aqua, and purple). 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

    Experts Urge Caution When Prescribing Common ADHD Drug in Kids
    A comprehensive Cochrane Review shows there is very low-quality evidence to support the use of methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, other brands) in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) leading the reviewers to urge more caution when prescribing the stimulant. "The evidence is not as convincing as many clinicians have believed regarding the benefits of methylphenidate," lead authors Ole Jakob Storebø, PhD, clinical psychologist, Region Zealand, Roskilde, Denmark, and Morris Zwi, MBBCh, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, Whittington Health, London, UK, told Medscape Medical News. "In general, our findings raise concerns about how much we should expect of this medicine, and there needs to be more caution when prescribing methylphenidate. I think it probably calls for a change of mindset more than a change in practice," the investigators note. The review was published online November 25 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

    Perceptions Out of Step With The Evidence
    The review includes published data through February 2015 from 185 randomized controlled trials involving more than 12,000 children and adolescents aged 3 to 18 (mean age, 9.7). The studies, conducted mainly in the United States, Canada, and Europe, compared methylphenidate with placebo or no intervention. The duration of methylphenidate treatment ranged from 1 to 425 days, with an average duration of 75 days. Seventy-two (40%) of the studies were funded by industry. All 185 trials were assessed to be at high risk of bias, the reviewers said. "We should view the average reduction in symptom scores attributable to treatment with a high degree of caution," they add. "Clinicians need to weigh what we now believe to be an uncertain degree of benefit against the many adverse events that are known to be associated with methylphenidate, such as appetite suppression and sleep difficulties. The general perception of methylphenidate as an effective drug for all children with ADHD seems out of step with the new evidence. This new information from our review should challenge the mindset of clinicians because there is more uncertainty to factor in to balancing the benefits and risks of this medication," the investigators noted.

    Are Too Many Students Diagnosed With ADHD?
    Diagnosing students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may do them a disservice, asserts Dimitri Christakis, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and the Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. In this article, he suggests approaching “attentional capacity” as a bell curve. National Public Radio (1/4)

    Concussion May Result in Protracted Brain Damage, Study Finds
    A study in the International Journal of Psychophysiology showed that brain scans of children who suffered concussions had signs of “subtle yet pervasive” disruptions in attention and thinking skills, compared with those who did not suffer concussions. The findings were based on 15 children, ages 8 to 10, who had concussions six months to four years earlier. HealthDay News (12/22) Note From Helen: Please let people know about the eBook Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game…of Life. This book will soon be available in hard copy. Irlen technology can eliminate the pervasive symptoms of a concussion.

    Athlete Had Chronic Brain Trauma at 25
    The following excerpt is from recent newspaper articles about a football player who died at 25 years of age. He is a good example of an athlete with head injuries resulting in light sensitivity, headaches, migraines, and an inability to read. It is a tragedy that he and so many others have not heard of Irlen Spectral Filters as a solution. Help us spread the word! Helen
    “Former football player Michael Keck knew something was going wrong with his brain. He was only in his 20s and his memory was failing. He was having trouble concentrating and he'd become uncharacteristically emotional and short-fused. Keck suspected he might have the same problem as NFL star Junior Seau, the former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, who fatally shot himself in the chest at age 43 because of a degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The man she met and married had been smart, kind and industrious. But then he started to change; his memory deteriorated and he became violent and abusive. Keck had played tackle football since he was age 6 and had sustained more than 10 concussions by the time he was a junior in college. The jolt to the brain had left him with excruciating headaches and unable to play. He became so sensitive to light that he placed heavy blankets over the windows. Keck had maintained a 3.8 GPA at Harrisonville High in Missouri and was able to keep his grades high in his freshman year at the University of Missouri. That all changed after he transferred to Missouri State University and sustained his second college concussion playing linebacker. Michael took a year off football to recover. When he tried to start working out with the team again, his headaches would flare and his vision would fade to black. Though his vision would return eventually, it was frightening and Keck told his coaches he couldn't come back. "He couldn't read his books," Cassandra said. "The words would get all scrambled. He'd get angry and punch the book and throw it across the room. He couldn't read, so he couldn't study. He felt like he was failing. He just wanted to graduate from college."
    Excerpts from LA Times Jan. 6, 2016 and MSNBC News Article

    Methylphenidate for ADHD in Children and Adolescents
    What This Study Adds. The results suggest that among children and adolescents with a diagnosis of ADHD, methylphenidate may improve teacher-reported symptoms of ADHD and general behavior and parent-reported quality of life. However, given the risk of bias in the included studies and the very low quality of outcomes, the magnitude of the effects is uncertain. Methylphenidate is associated with an increased risk of non-serious but not serious adverse events. Read More

    Bouncy Bands Help Students Stay on Task
    Bouncy Bands help students move while they work at their desk. Bouncy Bands improve student time on tasks since they aren't as anxious or hyperactive. Read More You can get Bouncy Bands on Amazon or directly at

    Irlen Client Expresses Her Thanks
    I am so glad I have Irlen glasses. They have changed my life. I can see things that I never saw before. Thanks Helen.
    Linda Timpe

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