Table of Contents

  • Irlen Screeners in your area
  • 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
  • •
  • •
  • •
  • •
  • •
  • Testimonials
  •      Free Irlen Self-Test

             click here

    View Sample Distortions

             click here

         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.
             click here


    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, 2017

    Helen Irlen’s Interview On Stellar Life Is Live

    Helen Irlen’s interview on Stellar Life is live. Comment from the CEO and Founder, Orion Talmay: “People will get very inspired from this episode!” Helen Irlen discusses healing trauma through the power of color and sharing the changes it has made to some of her clients.
    Link to the show notes, transcript, and audio: CLICK HERE or iTunes Link

    XXVI Brazil Irlen Screener Seminar
    Drs. Marcia and Ricardo Guimaraes sent a picture of the group at the well-attended XXVI Brazil Irlen Screener Seminar on Vision Disabilities & Irlen Syndrome. In addition to organizing the conference, Drs. Marcia and Ricardo Guimaraes did presentations. It was a great conference!


    Joan Hillary,
    Irlen Director in Cheshire, England, has retired after many years of service to Irlen, and we would like to pay tribute to her. Joan’s involvement in the Irlen family began in early 1987 when Lansdowne College London held a screener training session for teachers from all over the United Kingdom. Joan was one of those selected to go on to diagnostic training later in the year. She then became the Irlen Director for North-West England, a position which she has held for 29 years. Joan worked from the beginning to provide screening, diagnostic, and tinting services and also began to train screeners who would work in schools and the wider community to identify those who would benefit from Irlen Spectral Filters. She made full use of her previous experience in teaching children with learning difficulties and her professional contacts to spread the word about the learning method as widely as possible. Joan has also throughout the years been an influential member of the Irlen Diagnosticians’ network and has always been willing to proffer advice and information to new members. Her willingness to help has not only been confined to the United Kingdom, but has been of value worldwide with Irlen practitioners in many countries seeking her advice. She has attended every Irlen International Conference, from the first held in Hong Kong in 1990 to the most recent in Houston, Texas, in 2015.

    Throughout the years, Joan has taken a special interest in the many pieces of research which have been carried out on the Irlen Method. She has maintained the list of research publications and made sure that her colleagues are kept up-to-date with new publications. Perhaps her most lasting legacy will lie in the succession planning which she has carried out over many years to insure that there will be a diagnostician in her area to carry on her good work and the future of Irlen so that children and adults will be able to receive the services of the Irlen Method. Joan has made an enormous contribution to the Irlen association over 29 years, and I am sure that everyone will want to join with me in wishing her a long and happy, well-deserved retirement. Written by Patricia Clayton

    Gloria Thomas,
    Irlen Director in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia, has retired after more than 23 years of providing Irlen services. We would like to pay tribute to Gloria, her hard work, and dedication in bringing the Irlen Method to so many children and adults. Gloria has dedicated herself to developing Irlen in South Australia. She has never missed an opportunity to promote Irlen and work it have it spread in South Australia. She has continually traveled distances to see clients, never willing to see a child in need go without the help of Irlen. There was never a distance too far to go if someone was in need of her services. As a senior Irlen Director, she played an important role in helping other diagnosticians and working to bring acceptance of Irlen to the professional community. She is known for her boundless energy and spunk. For many years, Gloria has served on the board of the Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants (AAIC) and recently served on the Irlen International Ethics Board. Gloria has mentored many educators as screeners and diagnosticians in Victoria and Tasmania. Before retiring, she made sure that there would be someone to replace her as Director and Irlen Diagnosticians to cover her territory.

    She and her husband, Trevor, are looking forward to traveling around Australia in their 22 foot caravan. Gloria wrote to Helen that she is “grateful to have had the opportunity to perform this amazing mission that was made possible by you.” Gloria, you will be missed by all of us at Irlen as well as by all the children and adults you have helped over the years. There is only one Gloria Thomas, and she will be missed by her clients, other diagnosticians, and the entire Irlen community.

    Watch the Presentation to the Welsh Assembly
    You must see this short video and share it with others. Help circulate the film as an inspiration of what the public (parents, Irlen clients) can do to bring awareness of Irlen to their elected officials who are able to implement the Irlen Method. Jennifer Owen is an Irlen client who contacted her representative at the Welsh Assembly, which lead to this presentation. As a result of this presentation, Jennifer has been invited to meet with English Parliament in March. CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO

    What People Are Saying...

    Helen, you saved my son's education. He is flying academically thanks to your hard work and your Irlen screening programs. I can't thank you enough! He is top in English and reads scholarly texts at 14 years old.
    Actress Lucy Lawless

    Irlen overlays made a HUGE difference in my daughter's reading fluency and comprehension.

    When Irlen is addressed, I have seen children test two grade levels higher, comprehension greatly improves, and children often no longer have to strain to read and remember what they read.

    My granddaughter has Irlen, and the difference since she's wearing her glasses is amazing. Don't get me wrong, she still has issues. When she's tired, she also gets anxious and has meltdowns at times but only at times. She has more confidence, and she's just awesome.
    Happy Grandmother Nina

    It's been over 10 years since my diagnosis and the relief of my lenses continue to positively impact me. So. Incredibly. Grateful.

    Other Noteworthy News

    Report on Irlen on Egyptian TV
    Irlen was the topic of the latest TV coverage in one of the prime TV satellite channels in Egypt and Arab countries. The theme of the report is "Egyptian Citizen," and the video is entitled "Rasha Anwar devoted herself to help children with Irlen visual problem." The watching rate reached 8.5 k in less than 12 hours. The reporter also interviewed Rasha’s husband who is the head of "Life Colors Foundation".

    Irlen Presentation in San Francisco
    Sheryl Pliskin, Irlen Diagnostician in the San Francisco Bay area, has been contacted by the lead librarian at the West Portal, San Francisco Library, to present the Irlen Method to their Self-Healing group series. They provide weekly topics on healing and self-care. She has 1.5 hours in which to present. As a newly trained Irlen Diagnostician, we are proud of the inroads she has made in spreading the awareness of Irlen in the Bay area.

    Doctors Consider Ban on High-School Football
    Physicians from the University of North Carolina and Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City recently weighed in on whether they would advise canceling high-school football programs because of research showing risk of concussions and other serious injuries. Dr. Lewis Margolis, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, asserts that the benefits of high-school football do not outweigh the risks. ABC News (12/5)

    From the desk of Helen Irlen:
    If your child has suffered a concussion while playing a sport or from a car accident, download from Amazon “Sports Concussions and Getting Back in the Game..of Life” for helpful information.

    College Board Testing AccommodationsStudents who receive testing accommodations at school will be eligible for accommodations on the SAT and other tests administered through the College Board beginning January 1. College Board officials also announced new accommodations for English-language learners.
    The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/2), Education Week (tiered subscription model) (12/1)

    Standard Migraine Drugs No Better Than Placebo in Kids Medscape Medical News – October 27, 2016
    Medscape Medical News – October 27, 2016
    A study of amitriptyline and topiramate in children with migraines has been halted early owing to futility. The analysis of data from the Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) trial showed that neither of these preventive medications was more effective than placebo in reducing headache frequency or headache-related frequency, and both were associated with higher rates of adverse events (AEs).

    There are currently no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved migraine prevention medications for patients younger than 12 years, although a survey of pediatric headache specialists showed that amitriptyline and topiramate are the most commonly used preventive medications in children. READ MOREA study of amitriptyline and topiramate in children with migraines has been halted early owing to futility. The analysis of data from the Childhood and Adolescent Migraine Prevention (CHAMP) trial showed that neither of these preventive medications was more effective than placebo in reducing headache frequency or headache-related frequency, and both were associated with higher rates of adverse events (AEs).

    There are currently no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved migraine prevention medications for patients younger than 12 years, although a survey of pediatric headache specialists showed that amitriptyline and topiramate are the most commonly used preventive medications in children. READ MORE
    A Note from Helen Irlen: We see many children at the Irlen Institute and Irlen Centres worldwide who have headaches and even suffer with migraines. Irlen Spectral Filters are able to eliminate the headaches and migraines that occur with reading and doing other visual activities and in classrooms with fluorescent lights.

    When Grandparents and Parents Disagree About the Kids
    Do you cringe when your grown children coddle your grandkids? Does your blood boil when your parents give your child a treat after you said no? Welcome to the club. Disagreements about child-rearing occur in most families. The result can be arguments, anxiety, and strained relationships—even though everyone wants only what's best for the children. Here's how grandparents and parents can respond to this challenge. READ MORE

    How Do Digital Texts Fit into Reading Skills?
    Literacy instruction should include a mix of digital and print texts – even among young students, educators and experts say. Data show that schools vary in their approach to reading and literacy because of a lack of consistent standards. Education Week (tiered subscription model) (11/8)

    No Autism Risk Found With Flu or Vaccine During Pregnancy
    Children of women who had the flu or got a flu vaccine while pregnant have no greater risk than other children of developing autism, a new study in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. "Our data showed pretty convincingly that there was no association with influenza at any time during pregnancy and autism in the child," said Lisa Croen, senior author of the study. The Scientist online (11/29)

    Schools Adopt Flexible Learning Spaces
    Some educators are using flexible learning spaces to allow students to learn anytime, anywhere – including in hallways, classrooms, and other spaces. This feature highlights flexible learning in schools in Illinois, Mississippi, and North Dakota. EdTech magazine online (1/13)

    Can Exercise Improve Student Behavior?
    A study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that aerobic exercise during the school day may improve behavior for students with behavioral disorders. Researchers found that students’ classroom behavior improved up to 50% during a seven-week intervention where students rode stationary bicycles twice a week during their gym classes. Full Story: HealthDay News

    Stuttering May Be Tied to Decreased Blood Flow in Brain, Study Finds
    Researchers examined MRI scans from 62 children and adults with and without stuttering and found that those who stuttered had lower blood flow to the brain’s Broca’s region, which is involved in word processing, than those without the speech disorder. The findings in Human Brain Mapping also showed even lower levels of blood flow to the brain area among those with more severe stuttering. HealthDay News (1/6)

    Have You Joined The Conversation?
    Our Twitter network is growing and we have lots of interesting things to share! Join Irlen on Twitter and stay on the pulse of all things Irlen. Find us @SeeIrlen and don't forget to hashtag #Irlen when you tweet!

    Get the Irlen Revolution Book.


    Get The Irlen Revolution

    Review by Shoshana Shamberg on “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.”