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  • 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
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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 March 24, 2016

    Irlen Syndrome Simulations
    Want to know why Irlen Syndrome causes physical symptoms? Watch this simulation.

    The Irlen Syndrome Infographic Poster
    Help Raise Awareness By Hanging One in Your Classroom or Office

    You may have already seen the Irlen Syndrome Infographic that was circulated online during Irlen Awareness Week by the Irlen Syndrome Foundation. If you missed it, you can check it out at We loved this amazing visual display of key Irlen information so much, that we formatted it to fit on a 16x24 inch poster, so it can hang in every office and classroom, and we're going to donate all the proceeds from the purchase of this poster directly to the Irlen Syndrome Foundation to help support their scholarship programs, research initiatives, and outreach efforts! Posters are available for $5 (plus shipping) from the Irlen Institute or from the Irlen Online Store. Get yours today and help spread the word! BUY NOW

    Helen Irlen on Bulletproof Radio
    Helen Irlen is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, therapist, scholar and expert in the area of visual-perceptual disorders. Helen discovered Irlen Syndrome over 20 years ago after establishing that individuals showed a marked improvement in their reading ability when reading material was covered by colored acetate sheets. In the years since, Helen has taught thousands, from schoolchildren to NFL players, to utilize colors to boost brain function. Helen is a regular on BPR and on this episode of Bulletproof Radio, she sits down with Dave to talk about Irlen Syndrome, visual perception and performance, ideal light settings, behavioral problems stemming from light, issues with fluorescent lights, Irlen lenses and more. Enjoy the show!

    Irlen Center of Western NY Hits A Slam Dunk
    Melissa Sawulak, Irlen Director in Western New York, writes, "We've got a basketball team! I'm thrilled to have been able to sponsor a team for Hamburg Little Cagers this season. Next week we are playing for the title. This has been a great opportunity to be recognized in the community and bring about awareness. I hope to continue this sponsorship for future seasons."

    The Timaru Herald New Zealand, February 2016
    Overcoming Meares-Irlen Syndrome When Jamie Adams was at school, he was a slow reader despite being a very bright pupil. It was not until the age of 42 he found out the reason why - Meares-Irlen Syndrome. At the end of last year, he was with his 7-year-old son who was being screened for Meares-Irlen. Irlen screener Sally McKerchar finds it heartbreaking that some adults she screens had no idea that they had the syndrome which causes ... READ NOW

    Waited 26 Years Before Finding Irlen for Her Headaches
    “I have suffered from cluster headaches for 26 years and have been treated by various doctors including a headache center which has neurologists practicing ONLY headache treatments. There are no cures, only using preventative medicines which were created for other ailments. Not only do these have severe side effects, they do not work. I am ready for another direction of treatment. Having read the info on this (Irlen) website, it seems this is definitely worth a shot. I have severe light sensitivity to sunlight, headlights, and fluorescent lighting.”

    Concussions and Irlen
    “Hello, I am contacting you in regards to my daughter, Joie. She suffered from multiple concussions from playing soccer and now is suffering with chronic headaches and reading difficulty. She is being seen by a neurologist and optometrist. Her optometrist has confirmed her glasses multiple times and has now suggested that we contact the Irlen Institute. She complains of the letters appearing upside down occasionally. She also has intermittent blur throughout the day; waviness in her vision and intermittent double vision. None of these symptoms were evident before the injuries. Please contact us at your earliest convenience.”

    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 paperback 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.

    Email of Appreciation From the Mother of an Irlen Client
    "Lilly's been working really hard this year as usual and guess what - she is reading a book that said was for grades 3.3!! She is close to grade level! Her fluency and comprehension have also improved a ton!!! I plan on making an appointment with you this summer to have her (Irlen) lenses checked. I really don't think this would have been possible without her (Irlen) glasses. Thank you for helping her. -Katie"

    Irlen Clings(TM) Now Available in 7 Colors
    Irlen Clings (TM) are now available in an expanded array of colors: blue-grey, turquoise, aqua, purple, green, rose, and yellow. 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 from the

    Other Noteworthy News

    One Third of Americans Get Insufficient Sleep
    Medscape Medical News / Fran Lowry One third of Americans do not get enough sleep, putting them at risk for serious health problems, a new study shows. "To promote optimal health and well-being, adults aged 18-60 years are recommended to sleep at least 7 hours each night," Yong Liu, MD, and colleagues from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), write in a report published online February 19 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Sleeping less than 7 hours per night has been linked to an increased risk for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, frequent mental distress, and all-cause mortality and also impairs cognitive performance, which increases the likelihood of motor vehicle and industrial accidents, medical errors, and loss of work productivity, Dr Liu and colleagues write.

    Food-Insecure Teens May Face Higher Mental Health Risks, Study Finds Researchers found that nearly 29% of teens living in food-insecure households had mental health issues, compared with 9% of those without food insecurity. The findings in Academic Pediatrics, based on 2007 data of nearly 8,600 youths ages 12 to 16, showed 10% of the children lived in food-insecure households and 11% had parent-reported problems with mental health. Reuters (2/26)

    How Schools Can Improve Education for Students With Dyslexia
    Schools should improve their approach to serving the needs of students with dyslexia, some educators and experts suggest. They assert that additional training is needed to help teachers identify such students and provide the early interventions they need to succeed. (2/26) Click title to follow link for the article.

    Rising ADHD Rates May Be Tied to Increasing Academic Demands
    An increase in diagnoses of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder among young US children may be attributed to the ever-growing academic demands from adults, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers analyzed government statistics and previous research and found that children ages 6 to 8 spent over two hours a week on homework by 1997, compared with less than one hour in 1981. Fifty-eight percent of preschoolers were in full-day programs in the mid-2000s, compared with 17% in 1970, the research found. HealthDay News (2/23) Click title to follow link for the article.

    Does Fidgeting Improve Learning for Students With ADHD? New research shows a potential association between demands on working memory and the level of hyperactivity -- in the form of fidgeting -- in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, researchers reported in the Journal of Attention Disorders. Study author Michael Kofler, an assistant professor of psychology at Florida State University, says he plans to continue studying the link between performance and movement. HealthDay News (2/29) Click title to follow link for the article.

    13 States Pledge to Support Open Educational Resources
    Thirteen states will participate in the US Department of Education's #GoOpen initiative, which promotes the use of open educational resources, or online school materials -- rather than traditional textbooks. "With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers," said Joseph South, director of the Office of Educational Technology.

    Teacher: Brain-Based Strategies to Help Reluctant Learners
    Teachers looking to motivate reluctant learners should consider brain-based strategies, suggests educator Kathy Perez. She suggests 20 strategies, such as giving students two minutes of “chew time” for every 10 minutes of content. (3/3) Click title to follow link for the article.

    Five "Things to Know" About Boys Child Trends has released a new research brief on boys' development, their well-being, advantages and disadvantages relative to females, and the roles of race and ethnicity in outcomes for males. Using data from the 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health, as well as data from the scientific literature on gender disparities in children and youth, the authors identify five "things to know" about boys and what can be done to maximize development for both boys and girls. The information is as follows:

    • From a health perspective, being male is associated with a number of vulnerabilities, relative to females, from birth onward. For example, the prevalence of autism is four times higher in boys than in girls.
    • Males perform less well academically than females, at least up until postsecondary schooling. For example, the data showed that boys were twice as likely to never be engaged in school, according to their parents, and were 50 percent more likely to have been retained in grade at least once.
    • Hispanic and black boys and youth, with some exceptions, generally experience worse outcomes than their male white counterparts. For example, both black and Hispanic young males are more likely than white young males to have experienced a number of potentially traumatic events associated with later stress-related illnesses. These include witnessing domestic violence, being exposed to financial hardship, and having experienced racism.
    • In some cases, the gender gap is wider, or narrower, among children and youth in one racial/ethnic group than it is among children and youth overall. For example, among black students, the gender gaps in sports participation (favoring males), and in caring about doing well in school (favoring females), are significantly greater than they are within the overall sample.

    Study Shows Delayed Kindergarten Entry Yields Mental Health Benefits
    A study out of Stanford University and the Danish National Centre for Social Research provides evidence that children who delay kindergarten entry by one year demonstrate better self-regulation skills when compared to children who start kindergarten on time. These benefits persisted as the students progressed through elementary school. The authors found that the one-year delay resulted in a 73% reduction in inattention and hyperactivity by the time the average student was 11 years old. The data were obtained from a national Danish mental-health screening tool completed by more than 54,000 parents of 7-year-olds and a follow-up of almost 36,000 parents when these same children were 11 years old. Given that increased ability to control behavior and pay attention in class leads to improved academic performance, researchers examined school assessment scores and found that students who delayed kindergarten entry demonstrated higher scores than those who did not. Children in the U.S. have traditionally started kindergarten at age 5, but recent changes in educational practices have resulted in 20% of parents delaying their children's start until age 6. The authors hope that these findings help parents determine the most appropriate kindergarten entry times for their children.

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