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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 7, 2015

    Meet the Newest Irlen Young Amabassadors
    Sofia is a lovely young lady who is 16 years of age. She is hypersensitive to light. After exhausting neurological and other medical investigations, she came to Marie Smith, Irlen UK Director, for an assessment and Spectral Filter. She has been successfully wearing her Irlen Spectral Filters since October.
    In November she represented England in the "Face of the World" pageant held at Disneyland, Paris, and came in 2nd place. She took 50 Irlen Syndrome Awareness wristbands as gifts for the other representatives taking part in order to create Irlen awareness and be able to explain what "Irlen Syndrome" on the wristbands meant to her. We are very proud of Sofia and know that she will continue to be an inspiration for others around the world.

    Hannah Miller of the UK
    Hannah helped raise awareness of Irlen Syndrome by getting her personal story told in the Penarth Times.
    Here's her story (Penarth Times Thursday 12 November 2015 – News Anthony Lewis):
    Woman Raising Awareness of Rare Condition
    "A woman wants to raise awareness of a condition which is hardly known about in her community. Hannah Miller, 20, from Field View Close in Penarth, has Irlen syndrome which is a perceptual problem rather than a visual one. She has to have special spectral filter glasses but they cost a lot of money due to the lack of funding of the condition. It can affect children and adults and cause words to seem to move on the page when reading. It can also manifest itself in light sensitivity and headaches.
    Miss Miller is concerned this will put people, especially youngsters, off reading because of the difficulty they have and therefore make learning more of a challenge. She is worried that the lack of recognition and funding for Irlen syndrome means people are not aware of its existence. Now Miss Miller is calling for schools to become more aware of the problem so they can help those who may have it.
    An Irlen syndrome awareness week (ISAW) took place between October 19-23 to highlight the issues surrounding the syndro me. Irlen syndrome got its name from Helen Irlen, an American woman who is the leading researcher into the condition and an expert in visual and perceptual problems and has written books on the subject. Miss Miller said: "I want people to be more aware of Irlen syndrome. It causes problems under fluorescent lighting and can bring on headaches, make you skip words or lines when reading, read slowly and maybe even avoid reading altogether. There are more symptoms but light sensitivity usually causes these problems.
    No schools really know about Irlen syndrome. There is no NHS funding to pay for the spectral filters they cost around £350. I think it's time there is funding for them." There is a special centre in Cheltenham which covers the South West and South Wales and Miss Miller is encouraging anyone who feels they may have the syndrome to contact them for support."

    Ivey Byerly of Texas, USA
    Caller-Times/Corpus Christi, Texas – November 2015: Distinguished Scholars: Achiever can see clearly now literally
    Ivey Byerly was recently honored as a 2015 Caller-Times/Citgo Distinguished Scholar in the achiever category. Ivey barely got by in all her classes until the eighth grade. Math was the one subject in which she did well. Her parents didn't encourage her to go to college because they were uncertain of her ability to succeed and her teachers thought she just didn't care. But the 17-year-old Woodsboro High School senior never doubted herself, she said. "It turns out I have scotopic sensitivity syndrome, or in formal terms, Irlen syndrome," she said. "It means that when I see words they aren't straight. They are either curved, have a halo effect, or turn into circles." She now ranks fifth out of 34 in her class with a 3.7 grade-point average. Ivey gives back to other struggling readers by volunteering every summer to assist in the Children's Summer Reading Program at the Refugio County Library. "My family started believing college was an option for me," she said.
    Because of her perseverance through the difficult time in her life and her ongoing dedication to help others, Ivey has been chosen as a winner of the 2015 Caller-Times/Citgo Distinguished Scholar in the achiever category. Terresa Fagan, Ivey's English teacher, nominated the teen because she saw her struggle firsthand. Ivey asked Fagan not to make her read aloud in class, but never stopped trying, she recalls. Most of her teachers did not understand the challenges Ivey was struggling with. "I could see how painful it was for her," Fagan said. "She wanted to do a good job.
    Ivey now wears Irlen tinted glasses to class, and she no longer minds reading aloud. Ivey said she wants to become a math professor. The clarinet player wants to find a way to teach math through music. Both are her favorite subjects. "I want to use my knowledge and understanding of math to help others," she said. "When I am successful in this, I will have helped more people than I will ever meet."

    Ali Omar of Kuwait
    Ali had the courage to talk about what he faced in school by his teachers who treated him badly: yelling at him, punishing him, and marking his books; and his parents had to change his school every time. Then he was screened and determined to have Irlen Syndrome; and since having Irlen Filters, there has been improvement in his academic life and self-esteem. He is willing and enjoys informing students and parents who have reading problems about what he had gone through, guiding them to the solution of Irlen Filters to make their life better. Ali was also on MajlisTV with Dr. AbdulWahab.

    Clair Calder of the UK
    Claire has spent the past two years tirelessly giving out leaflets, doing talks in schools, and raising awareness for Irlen Syndrome. She is also a screener, but her enthusiasm and efforts go way above expectations. It is my pleasure to announce that Claire will be receiving an Irlen Ambassador Certificate along with a personal note from me. Thank you, Claire, for all of your efforts to promote awareness of Irlen in order to change lives.

    Rachael Olivero Du Heaume of the UK
    is 20 years old and was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome two years ago. In the early stages, she had to fight for the right for Irlen Syndrome to be recognized by her college as a learning difference. She has recommended that 14 members of her Battle of Flowers Group come forward for testing and has even taken two of them for the pre-requisite eye test prior to tinting. She is the youngest member of the Irlen Channel Islands Charitable Trust and promotes Irlen Awareness at every opportunity. She recently spoke at a workshop held at Jersey Autism during Awareness week. She coaches young people in gymnastics, and four of her group also have Irlen; she encourages them to wear their lenses and praises their efforts. She is a true Irlen Super Star.

    Matthew Kirkland of the UK
    is 15 years of age and was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome two years ago. He competes in gymnastics competitions, both in and off the Island, and in fact won the British Open Championship. He wears his lenses with pride and spoke to a group of 200 young people about Irlen Syndrome and how the lenses had changed his life. He was most recently runner up in The Variety Club awards as a child of courage. Again he spoke about the impact of Irlen lenses and how they had changed his life.

    Irlen Awareness Continues in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
    Dr. Doris Ang, Irlen Director, wants everyone to know about the activities she has been conducting in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia to create Irlen Awareness.
    Singapore: Irlen has had very good radio coverage on Radio One 91.3FM. Dr. Ang organized for two children, one 8 years old and the other 12 years old, to talk about their struggle before Irlen treatment and how the lenses had benefitted them. Attached are the photos of those two boys, their parents and the DJs.
    Malaysia: Dr. Ang conducted a talk at a school to teachers and parents in the state of Johor. Indonesia: Dr. Ang just returned from a four-day talk at four International Schools in Indonesia. The response was overwhelming, and the schools are planning for another talk next year. Indonesia is still a third world country, and their media of communication is in Bahasa. Here is the website for Irlen Indonesia:

    Irlen Syndrome Foundation Raises $3000 During Awareness Week
    During ISAW, the Irlen Syndrome Foundation set out to raise funds to train 100 new Irlen Screeners for schools and communities, and raised $3,000 of the $50,000 they will need to accomplish this goal before the end of next year. Now is a great time to support the Irlen Syndrome Foundation's mission to increase understanding of Irlen Syndrome and access to Irlen services. Below are 5 ways that the Irlen Syndrome Foundation is taking your small donation this year and making a huge difference in the lives and futures of children and adults with Irlen Syndrome:

    • Providing overlays to school children Training Irlen Screeners for schools and the community
    • Supplying Irlen Spectral Filters and diagnostic testing to individuals with financial need
    • Supplying Irlen Spectral Filters and diagnostic testing to individuals with financial need
    • Funding research on Irlen Syndrome to better understand the condition and provide greater acceptance among professional communities
    • Educating the public and professionals about Irlen Syndrome

    Here's one example of how the Irlen Syndrome Foundation is changing lives: Adrienne and her four children.
    Being a person utilizing Irlen lenses, I am thankful for the relief of pain and frustration. When I learned that the Irlen syndrome is hereditary, I had all my children tested. We all have it and have glasses.
    I am most grateful because of the relief for my son. He has autism and the glasses have reduced his symptoms. His pain, frustration and confusion is not as strong as it was before he began wearing the glasses. He use to squint all day and cover his face but now he doesn’t squint. He will open his eyes all the way for the whole day. He used to rub his eyes, sit in the dark and in times of being extremely overwhelmed he would sit in a dark closet. My son has reduced eye rubbing not and has not ran to sit in a closet since he has had his glasses.
    Irlen lenses has made a difference and changed my son’s world and made it visually whole. It was amazing to see his behaviors change right before my eyes. In this small office he was flapping, making noises, jumping and moving constantly. He was touching and moving things in room. During testing he began taking lenses out of box and trying to spin them. He was amazed himself when Susan Hughes (Diagnostician) put a lens over his eye, asked him what color is the paper and he said “white.” My son grabbed the lenses from her looked at it away from his eye at a distance, flipped it around over and over again and said “purple”. He put the lens back up to his eye and began to look around, “paper’s white”. He allowed Susan to put the other lens on his eye and he held both lenses to his eye looked around and laughed. He looked through more lenses and within an hour and a half my son was sitting down calmly and reading. He was not displaying many of the negative or distracting behaviors. All three of us in the room sat in amazement as we watched him calm down and read. I was in tears to see my son in this state. For the first time I saw my son’s beautiful big eyes open and looking at me! Just as beautiful as his first spontaneously spoken word “Mom.”
    My son uses his glasses every day. He goes to bed takes them off and sets them on the shelf in his headboard as the last thing he takes off. He wakes up they are the first thing he puts on. If he can’t find them he will not get out of the bed and yells “Where glass?” I am thankful because I could not afford the glasses but the Irlen institute gave me a partial scholarship for my son to have glasses. He is aware of what the glasses do for him even though he does not understands why. Thank you from my whole family to all the people who assisted with obtaining glasses and it is greatly appreciated!
    Adrienne Bridges and Family

    Shoshana Shamberg Spreads the Word
    Shoshana Shamberg, Irlen Director in Maryland, just completed a two-hour presentation for 50 therapists at the annual Maryland OT Association Conference. Shoshana, who is an occupational therapist herself, feels strongly that occupational therapists should add Irlen to their tool kit of services they provide. Thank you, Shoshana, for educating a population of therapists who know little about the Irlen Method.

    Irlen Flash Mob
    Marie Smith, Irlen Director in England, wants everyone to see the unique and creative way that her group of teenagers chose to create awareness of Irlen during ISAW 2015. Watch the video and enjoy the dancing along with the people who were shopping. It is obvious that the teenagers worked hard at creating the dance number and spent time practicing. Take a minute to watch on this Facebook link: m/marie.kentgb/videos/833390946752668/

    New Exciting Developments of Irlen in Israel
    Shouky Elad, Irlen Director in Israel, has had some very exciting developments to share. David Yellin College has been increasingly interested and supportive in the research Shouky is conducting on the changes with Irlen Spectral Filters. During ISAW, she had two successful events in the college to attract more candidates for the research. Thanks to these events, they already have seven more subjects in different stages of the research, and there will be more. Additionally, Shouky presented the key lectures of the conference to the academic staff of the college, including the heads of the different departments and the president of the college. She took this opportunity to update them on research results so far. They were extremely impressed and are considering conducting further research on Irlen Syndrome.
    The Special Education Department is also thinking about opening a new program for over-sensitive children, and they want Irlen Syndrome to be incorporated in it. Last week Shouky gave a talk to the municipal psychological services of Ramat Hasharon, and they showed great interest and are also thinking about researching the subject.
    Shouky reports that she had a fruitful meeting with the Israeli Screeners. She shared with them some highlights from this summer's Irlen International Conference in Houston, and they are thinking together how to spread the word about Irlen Syndrome. The group decided to have talks in different cities (Hadera, Beer Sheva, Jerusalem, Even Yehuda) and to create a think tank that will pursue this subject further.

    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

    Should Students Have to Show Their Work in Math?
    Students often are required to show their work when solving math problems aligned with the Common Core State Standards, a process that can impede the mathematical process, some say. In this commentary, Katharine Beals, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Grade School of Education, and Barry Garelick, a writer and math teacher in California, write that such requirements can make math frustrating for some students, especially those who are English-language learners or have special needs. The Atlantic online (11/11)

    IEPs Should Match Grade-Level Standards, Federal Guidance Says
    The US Department of Education has directed schools to ensure that individualized education programs offer supports and services based on the standards of the grade in which the student is enrolled. The “Dear Colleague” letter offered some exceptions for the very few students with low cognitive skills and those that are several grades behind. Disability Scoop (11/17)

    CDC: Pet Dogs May Help Lessen Anxiety Levels in Children
    CDC researchers found 12% of children who had pet dogs tested positive on a screening test for anxiety, compared with 21% of children who didn’t own a pet dog. The findings, based on 643 children ages 4 to 10, revealed no difference in body mass index, screen time, or physical activity among children with and without pet dogs. Medical News Today (11/29)

    Does This Sound Like Your Child?
    My 9 year old grandson is in the 3rd grade. He has been tested for ADHD and is currently taking medication. However, his teacher indicates that he still have poor attention and concentration in class and doesn’t complete his assignments. He doesn’t like to read, and his comprehension is poor. Homework is usually a battle. He is a very bright child, but his grades certainly do not indicate it.

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