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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 December 11, 2014

    Happy Holidays!
    Thank you for your support in 2014 and sharing information about the Irlen Method and Irlen Syndrome with others. We are proud of your efforts during Irlen Awareness Week and throughout 2014 and hope you will join us as we continue to expand our efforts to provide the very latest information about Irlen Syndrome in 2015. Our goal is to facilitate access to the latest information for parents and professionals around the world, made possible thanks to supporters like you. Thank you again for your support. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of children and adults for years to come.
    Colorful Holiday Wishes,
    Helen Irlen
    Executive Director Irlen Institute

    Irlen Article in the Chicago Tribune
    An article about Irlen Syndrome, by Chicago Tribune staff writer Steve Zimmerman, was on the front page of the Health and Family section of the Chicago Tribune!
    As expected, the Chicago Tribune article on Irlen has gotten picked up and run by some of the other newspapers owned by the Tribune Company. The following are some of the Tribune-owned newspapers that may have or still may run the article: Baltimore Sun, Virginia Gazette, Hartford Courant, Sun Sentinel (south Florida), The Morning Call (Pennsylvania), and The Daily Press (Virginia).

    Upgraded Ape Show
    Helen Irlen appeared on Will Barron’s Upgraded Ape Show, and her show has had 14,000 downloads. Will wrote “This is awesome” and wants to spotlight Irlen by having Helen do another interview for his new project Upgraded Ape Magazine. Upgraded Ape Magazine is an online magazine launching on iTunes, Google Play, and Helen will be featured in the very first edition. U.K. Diagnosticians should see referrals as both Upgraded Ape and the Upgraded Ape Magazine are U.K.-based and the audience is largely U.K.-based.

    New Irlen Diagnosticians
    Dunedin, New Zealand. Mark Bridgmount is a trained optometrist living and working in his own practice in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is originally from the United Kingdom and lived and worked in Zimbabwe and South Africa before settling down in New Zealand. He runs his own independent practice and became interested in the Irlen Method when doing optometric screenings for a local school that had children screened and diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome. After seeing that the children benefited from Irlen Filters, he became a screener in 2012 and now is proud to be an Irlen Diagnostician.
    Griffith, ACT, Australia. Sara Hillier has worked in education for over 25 years, in primary and secondary sectors in Australia and Japan. She has worked as a Japanese teacher, mathematics teacher, literacy and numeracy teacher, and for the past nine years as an English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) teacher. She was diagnosed with irlen Syndrome in 2001. Sara became an Irlen Screener in 2000 and a certified Senior Irlen Screener in 2010. She has diagnosed and assisted many students and adults with Irlen Syndrome in order for them to reach their full potential. She has also worked closely with parents and teachers to show them how to support students with Irlen Filters in the classrooms. Sara will be working with Karen England.

    Other Noteworthy News
    Dance Program Teaches Fractions
    Third-grade students at a Massachusetts school are learning fractions through a dance program called Jacob’s Pillow. The dances, such as “Jumping Fracs” and “Dance of the Numerators & Denominators,” involve leaps, cartwheels, and counting. The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Mass.) (11/18)
    Neurofeedback Conference 2015 in Singapore -
    Conference Highlights At the Neurofeedback Conference in Singapore, there will be participants from seven countries: South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia including Dr. Doris Ang, Irlen Director in Singapore, who is one of the speakers. The venue had to be changed to a larger location at the Singapore Expo as there are more participants then expected.
    Dr. Ang will be speaking about Irlen Syndrome. Her abstract for the conference says: “Irlen Syndrome is a relatively unknown disorder that affects visual processing, leading to difficulty in reading and writing. It is similar to Dyslexia but not dyslexia. Irlen Syndrome will lead to poor academic performance. Many children and adults do not know that they have Irlen Syndrome. As such, they under-achieve in life.”
    How will Common Core Change Special Education?
    Schools have discretion under Common Core State Standards to determine how they will help students with disabilities access the standards. Some say tailored instruction and professional development for teachers can help students. Others contend the more rigorous standards create barriers, especially for students with cognitive disabilities. District Administration magazine (12/2014)
    Study: How Awareness, Marketing may Increase ADHD Rates
    Data show increasing rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder worldwide. A recent paper explores the role that marketing and awareness play in the uptick in ADHD diagnoses. International Business Times (11/24)
    Teens with Rx for Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Meds More Likely to Abuse Them
    Teens prescribed anti-anxiety or sleep drugs were 10 times more likely to obtain the medications illegally than those without prescription, according to a study in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Researchers also found teens with prescriptions were three times as likely to self-medicate using other people’s anxiety or sleeping drugs. (11/25)
    Substance Abuse More Likely in Teens with Brain Injury
    Teens who suffered traumatic brain injury were more likely to engage in smoking, drinking, and substance abuse than those without TBI, according to a study in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Researchers said the results highlight the need for better information on brain injury and substance use for providers, parents, and teachers. (11/30)
    Do Students Need to Move More in the Classroom?
    It is difficult to sit still and keep focused during a 90-minute class – even for adults – writes Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist who recently immersed herself in a middle-school class. In this blog post, Hanscom describes her experience in the class and asserts that students should move more during the day. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Answer Sheet blog (12/3)
    Consortium Sets High Bars for Its Common-Core Tests More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics. (Education Week)

    Help Others Who Can't Afford Testing
    Donate to the nonprofit Irlen Syndrome Foundation (formerly, Learning Research Association) today to help individuals who can't afford Irlen Services receive the treatment they need.
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    Quote of the Day
    “For better or for worse, our children see themselves reflected in our eyes. When we perpetually criticize or constantly make “helpful suggestions” about how they could do or be better, they may believe that they’re never quite good enough. There’s nothing wrong with encouraging our kids to stretch and grow – to try harder, to do their best – but make sure it’s balanced with an awareness that we see them as lovable, whole and perfect, just as they are…right now.” Susan Stiffelman

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