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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 April 14, 2016

    When It Looks Like ADHD, But Isn't
    Attention deficit disorders are running rampant among today’s youth (at least according to the media). Children who can’t seem to sit still, have trouble focusing and concentrating, and who are easily distracted are being labeled and given medication left and right. Yet, for as many as 50% the prescribed ADHD medication doesn’t work, symptoms don’t get better, and kids continue to struggle. There isn’t any definitive test for diagnosing ADHD, and mental health practitioners often must rely on a combination of observed and reported behavior as well as family history, and connections with other conditions. ADHD can look different in different kids, in boys and girls, and even in the same kid in different kinds of environments. And, to add to the complication, ADHD isn’t a deficit, it is often coupled with desirable characteristics of highly successful people, such as intuition, creativity, thinking outside-the-box, and the ability to hyperfocus when interested in the topic. But, what looks like ADHD may not always be ADHD. Parents should be aware of other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. One such condition is Irlen Syndrome. READ MORE...

    Should You Be Tested For Irlen Spectral Filters?
    Question: My son was evaluated with Irlen Syndrome four years ago. He now uses overlays inconsistently. Because his reading has improved, I haven't pushed the use of overlays; but he told me he still experiences distortions. He's an athlete and I'm noticing he does well in late afternoon and night games but performs poorly morning and midday games. Should he be tested for Irlen Spectral Filters?

    Answer: Yes, your son should be tested. Many children and adults find that Irlen colored overlays improve clarity, stability, and/or comfort when reading. Even though they experience improved flow, fluency, comprehension, and length of time they can read without breaks, they do not use the overlays consistently as they are inconvenient and cumbersome. Irlen Spectral Filters are a better choice since they improve comfort and difficulties in the environment with certain lighting conditions and glare while improving sports performance, depth perception, driving, and even night driving. Irlen Spectral Filters eliminate the need for colored paper, lined paper for math calculations, modifying the lighting, and other accommodations and modifications.

    Irlen Success Story: Rachel Lahowetz
    “We are proud to announce our newest Irlen Youth Ambassador: Rachel Lahowetz. Rachel competed in the VFW Voice of Democracy essay/speech competition. She won scholarships at the local and district level and a $12,000 scholarship for first place in Texas. As a state winner, she received a trip to Washington DC and the opportunity to compete in the national competition where she was awarded an additional $1,000 scholarship. She will also be attending the Freedom Foundation’s Leadership Conference at Valley Forge in June with the other Voice of Democracy state winners. She is on the cover of the Texas VFW magazine and her speech is reprinted there also.
    Rachel is a good example of a child who would have done well in school without an Irlen diagnosis, but having Irlen lenses has enabled her to excel. She was fortunate that Pat Johnson was her aunt and that we were aware of Irlen Syndrome. She has worn Irlen lenses since second grade; and with each year of school, the increase in her academic abilities while using her lenses has become more dramatic. She has had all A’s her entire school career and received scores of 5 on both AP tests that she has taken so far. Irlen Lenses have made such a difference in her life.” Ann Lahowetz

    Egyptian Newspaper Coverage
    Rasha Anwar, Irlen Diagnostician in Egypt, is very happy and excited to let everyone know that finally, after more than a year of trials trying to connect with an editor for the Al-Ahram newspaper, the oldest and most famous newspaper not only in Egypt but in the entire Arab world, a report was published on the14th of March on about a third of a page on Irlen Syndrome. It was entitled "A Better Life for Children with Irlen Syndrome." “This report included very accurate information, almost the same as I provided to the editor.”

    Reaction from Screened Client
    “I am writing this letter because Sheryl has made all the difference in my life with the Irlen screening. Before going through the screening with her, I didn’t realize how compromised my reading speed was and how uncomfortable looking at words on paper had become. Until I began to work with Sheryl, I had a really hard time with my school work and could not understand why everything was so much harder for me than my friends. She showed me a new world. A world where anxiety, frustration, and depression were lifted. I was able to read faster and have a better understanding of what I was reading. Once Sheryl helped me find the correct filter colors for my overlays, things were much better and I realized that I can do well in school like my friends.”

    Other Noteworthy News

    Youngest Kids in Class Have Higher Risk of ADHD Diagnosis By Lisa Rapaport - March 17, 2016
    (Reuters Health) - Parents of children with birthdays right before the cutoff date for school enrollment often worry these kids will struggle academically and socially with being the youngest and smallest in class. Now, parents can add another concern to the list - higher odds that their child will be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and put on medication.

    Researchers in Taiwan, where August 31 is the cutoff date for school enrollment, found children born in that month were much more likely to be diagnosed and treated for ADHD than their peers with September birthdays. It's possible this happens at least in part because parents and teachers forget the August babies are almost one year younger than the September babies in class, and perceive behavior problems when kids are actually acting appropriately for their age, lead study author Dr. Mu-Hong Chen of Taipei Veterans Hospital in Taiwan said by email. "Children's self-control - essentially the ability to keep still - evolves as children mature," said Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute. "Thus, younger children may be at greater risk for being perceived as hyperactive," Christakis, who wasn't involved in the study, added by email. “The findings also mirror what's been seen in the U.S. and other countries,” Christakis noted.

    Sleep-Disordered Breathing Linked to Negative Neurocognitive Function in ChildrenResearchers found that children with higher apnea-hypopnea index caused by sleep-disordered breathing had more impaired neurocognitive function during engagement and problem solving compared with children who have lower AHIs. The findings in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine were based on polysomnography data involving 1,010 snoring and non-snoring children, ages 5 to 7. News (3/11)

    How to Find Your Food Triggers Food is medicine...But it can also be poison.
    It depends on the food—and the person. For some people with certain conditions, specific "trigger" foods can bring on symptoms such as skin rashes, wheezing, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, headaches, fatigue and mood swings. The best way to identify your trigger foods? An elimination diet—a kind of experiment-of-one, conducted hand-in-hand with a health professional. It can help improve symptoms for conditions as different as food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, asthma, adult acne and chronic sinus congestion. Here’s how to do it right... Read the full article...

    An Easy Way to Improve Memory Here's an easy trick to help you remember—close your eyes.
    Here's an easy trick to help you remember—close your eyes. New research: Adults who closed their eyes after watching videos of crime reenactments had 23% better recall of what they had seen and heard than those who kept their eyes open. Explanation: Closing your eyes helps block distractions, improves focus and helps you visualize what you're trying to remember about past events and experiences. Source: Robert A. Nash, PhD, lecturer in psychology, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. READ MORE...

    How Some Educators Are Incorporating Dogs into Instruction
    Dogs are becoming an increasingly popular classroom presence, standing in as therapy aides, reading tutors, security guards and the focus of student projects. Special-education teachers in New Jersey use them in lessons to encourage speech among students with limited language, and Texas students are socializing puppies to be trained as companions for people with disabilities. READ MORE...

    Expert: Few Studies Support Current School-Based ADHD Therapies
    Increasingly popular exercise- and game-based therapies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have little research to support their use in schools, ADHD researcher Jeffrey Halperin said in this interview. The therapies won't harm students, but they often come with high financial and time costs. The Hechinger Report (4/4)

    A study in Pediatrics found that 15% of US youths had mental health diagnosis and 14% had prescriptions for psychotropic drugs, with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder being the most common diagnosis. The findings, based on electronic health record data from 43 primary care practices involving 294,748 children, ages 4 to 18, also showed variations in medication prescriptions, which researchers partially linked to psychiatrist availability. News (4/1)

    Does Playing Video Games Harm Young Children?
    A new study has looked at the association between playing video games and young children's mental health and cognitive and social skills. Published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, the study used data from the School Children Mental Health Europe project, conducted in six European countries (Germany, The Netherlands, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and Turkey). More than 3,000 children aged 6-11 took part in the study in 2010. Parents were asked how long their child played video games each week, provided demographic information, and completed a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ, a measure of mental health status) for the child. Teachers also completed the SDQ for each child, and evaluated the child's academic performance and motivation at school. Children completed Dominic Interactive, a computerized assessment tool for mental health status.

    Results showed that factors associated with video game usage included being older, a boy, and belonging to a medium-sized family. Having a less-educated, single, inactive, or psychologically distressed mother decreased time spent playing video games. The results were adjusted for child age and gender, number of children, mother's age, marital status, psychological distress, and other demographic characteristics. This showed that high video game usage (more than five hours each week) was significantly associated with higher intellectual functioning, increased academic achievement, a lower prevalence of peer relationship problems, and a lower prevalence of mental health difficulties.

    Study Examines Link Between Birth Spacing, Autism Risk in Children
    A study in Pediatrics found that children whose mothers had interpregnancy intervals of less than 12 months had a nearly twofold increased likelihood of developing autism, compared with children born to mothers with three years or more between pregnancies. The findings, based on a review of seven studies involving more than 1.1 million children, also found that shorter pregnancy spacing raised the risk of cerebral palsy and developmental delays, while spacing of more than five years between pregnancies increased the likelihood of Asperger's syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder. HealthDay News (4/7)

    Stimulant Use Tied to Reduced Bone Density in Kids With ADHD Medscape 2016
    BOSTON — Use of stimulant medications for treating attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children appears to be associated with bone loss, new research shows. The analysis of data from the 2005–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were presented here at ENDO 2016 by Alexis Jamie Feuer, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and a pediatric endocrinologist at Weill Cornell School of Medicine, New York, New York. The study population included a total of 6489 NHANES participants aged 8 to 20 years, of whom 159 were receiving stimulants (primarily amphetamines or amphetamine analogs) for ADHD. After adjustment for confounders, those using the medications had a total 3.9% lower bone density at the lumbar spine and 3.7% lower bone density at the femoral neck compared with nonusers. "These findings indicate that bone health may be a serious concern for kids and teens using stimulants. We know that failure to attain appropriate bone density by young adulthood puts an individual at increased lifetime risk of fractures and osteoporosis," Dr Feuer said during a press briefing. Based on the results, "I firmly believe that, moving forward, clinicians caring for children taking stimulants should immediately begin screening them for bone health. Fortunately, a child's bone health can be comprehensively screened through careful monitoring of their linear growth and weight gain and ensuring these children receive adequate weight-bearing exercise and have sufficient vitamin D levels," Dr Feuer said at the briefing.

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