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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

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  • • Updates and Research
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  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
  • • Irlen Student Information
  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
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  • • Scientific Research for Irlen
  • • Scientific Reasoning
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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 9, 2013

    Visit Our New Website
    Irlen is proud to introduce our new and improved website. We’re excited to offer you a fresh new look, as well as a variety of new features and new information. If you’ve been to our site before, you’ll be happy to know that all of the information you love is still here. So, what’s new? The short answer is, a lot!
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    Helen Irlen Honored With Pioneer Award
    Eleven individuals, including Helen Irlen (4th from left), whose “actions exemplify the founding principles of Farmers & Merchants Bank – honesty, integrity, and community service – were honored at the annual “People You Can Bank On” awards program.” The exclusive luncheon recognized men and women from various walks of life who have made a significant impact on their community and their industry. They represented the arenas of business, medicine, nonprofit, education, and philanthropy.

    “We salute the individuals honored today for they are an inspiration to all of us as they honor their personal commitments to bettering our community.” F&M Bank President Henry Walker added, “In an era when people doing right are often overlooked, we find it particularly rewarding to identify these award winners and, indeed, call them winners. The good deeds they do in their communities make all of us winners – and we thank them.” Helen was presented with the Pioneer Award.
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    Helen Irlen and the Irlen Institute Celebrate 30 Years
    Great article on Helen and the Irlen Institute celebrating their 30th anniversary. You may want to use the article and photo for PR of the Irlen Method.
    Read the full article in the Business Journal

    Kindergarten Students Prepare For Online Tests
    Officials in Pennsylvania are introducing computer instruction as early as kindergarten to help prepare students for online standardized tests. Keyboarding and computer skills are needed in younger grades, but the learning curve is different than for older students, educators say. "How do you teach letter keys when the youngest kids are still learning their letters?" said teacher Andrew Lynch. "I can tell them to press 'A,' but they may not know what that is yet."
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (11/11)

    Latest Translation of Reading By The Colors
    We are pleased to announce that Reading by the Colors by Helen Irlen has now been translated into four languages: German, Hebrew, Korean, and the latest translation Japanese. The Japanese version titled the book Irlen Syndrome and the subtitle is Reading by the Colors: The Sensitivity Disorder of Light. A famous Japanese journalist, Ms. Yuka Shinagawa, wrote the band around the front and back cover. It says “Let’s Read by the Color if you have difficulties of reading or reading comprehension. I participated in the Dyslexia academic meeting in Canada. I knew that overlay made from Helen Irlen’s theory. At that time, I was impressed with Helen’s enthusiasm to help persons with reading difficulties. I am convinced you can feel her enthusiasm from this Japanese book. Let’s read this book if you have difficulties with oral reading, reading comprehension, and remembering reading content.”

    News From the UK
    Singer/Songwriter Releases Song About Irlen Syndrome
    Holly Johnston is a very talented singer/songwriter and has created a CD which is due to be released in January 2014. The CD is called ‘East Anglian Girl’ and is produced by Backwater Records of Ipswich, UK. One of the 11 tracks is ‘Dancing Around’ which is about Irlen Syndrome. The CD is truly beautiful to listen to.

    BBC Radio Suffolk helped increase awareness of Irlen Syndrome around the same time as the Irlen UK Directors and Diagnosticians Conference, which was held in Ipswich on the 7th November, by doing a radio interview on Irlen.

    Raising Money for ABC For Reading
    Chantal Robey is a true Irlen Hero. Chantal has continued to raise money for the UK Irlen Charity, ABC for Reading. She will swim the Tees Challenge and will swim three challenges for a total of 23.25 miles. Chantal also raises money regularly by giving money from her Avon work and has recently donated another £70. As well as raising funds, Chantal continues to raise awareness of Irlen Syndrome and the work of ABC for Reading. Chantal appeared in That’s Life Magazine in March talking about how Irlen Lenses have made a difference to her life. Chantal has agreed to become a trustee with ABC for Reading, and we would like to welcome her to the charity. ABC for Reading was set up as a national charity You can also contact the Chairperson of ABC for Reading at or on 01449 720947.

    Broader ADHD Definition Leads to Unneccessary Treatment
    The widening of the diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder has contributed to a significant increase in diagnoses as well as unnecessary use of stimulant drugs, according to an Australian study published in the British Medical Journal. Despite the recommendation to restrict use of Ritalin and other ADHD drugs to just severe cases, which equates to approximately 14% of U.S. children with the condition, the study showed that about 87% of those diagnosed with ADHD in 2010 received such medications. The broadened classification of ADHD symptoms “devalues the diagnosis in those with serious problems,” said senior researcher Rae Thomas.
    Reuters (11/5), Google/Agence France-Presse (11/5)

    Exercise Balls Keep Students' Attention
    A teacher at Seminole Springs Elementary School in Eustis, Florida, credits improved student engagement with a decision to replace chairs with stability balls and encourage student movement with frequent “bounce breaks.” Recent research on using the balls in the classroom found they can help improve student posture and attention. “They’re a lot more focused, and it takes away the negative aspect of movement,” teacher Stephanie Burnett said.
    Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/3)

    Infants' Declining Eye Interest Signals Autism
    In typical children, interest in looking at people’s eyes declines at about 4 to 6 weeks of life and then picks up at 2 months; but a study found that interest in people’s eyes waned between 2 to 6 months of age among children who were later diagnosed with autism. The findings, published in the journal Nature, suggest that “some social adaptive behaviors may initially be intact” in infants’ brains, which could provide an opportunity for treatment, researchers said.
    CNN/The Chart blog (11/6), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Science Now blog (11/6)

    News From Greece
    On the 23rd of November, Evangelos Sp. Bochatziar, Speech Therapist, Irlen Diagnostician, S I, INPP Sc. P Director of Special Education Clinic, has organized the 4th PanHellenic Day of Learning Disabilities. The title of the conference is "Learning from the Beginning" and will include a two-hour presentation on Irlen Syndrome showing video clips of clients in each category of Irlen symptoms: depth perception, reading punctuation, reading accuracy and rhythm, math, writing, and copying. The participation is completely full, and already 150 individuals are on the waiting list begging to attend the next seminar. Every day 50 specialists are added to our data base on a waiting list from all around Greece. This seminar will include presentations by a speech therapist, occupational therapist, educators in special needs, psychologist, social worker, all specialists around the child.

    Physical Activity May Help Teens With Depression
    In a small study of 13 teens with depression, U.K. researchers found that participation in regular workouts for 12 weeks was associated with a 63% reduction in the severity of depressive symptoms. Most of the participants were no longer depressed after completing the trainer-led exercise program, according to the study scheduled to be presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.
    U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/10)

    Treatment Rates for Teens with Mental Health Problems Vary
    Among more than 10,000 13- to 17-year-olds, fewer than 50% of those diagnosed with mental health problems were treated, with whites having higher treatment rates than blacks, according to a study published in the journal Psychiatric Services. Teens with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, or oppositional defiant disorder were more likely to receive treatment than those with phobias or anxiety problems. Many teens sought help from pediatricians, school counselors, or probation officers because the number of qualified child mental-health specialists is not enough to meet the demand, study author E. Jane Costello said.
    HealthDay News (11/21)

    Probiotics: A Potential Treatment Option for Depression
    Probiotics may offer an alternative treatment option for depression and other psychiatric disorders, new research suggests. Investigators reviewed studies that examined the effect of “psychobiotics,” live organisms that, when ingested, may produce health benefits in patients suffering from mental illness. Several preclinical studies showed a link between specific probiotics and beneficial behavioral effects. These included one in which rats with depressive behaviors resulting from maternal separation displayed normalized behavior and an improved immune response after ingesting the Bifidobacterium infantis probiotic. “Increasingly, patients are reluctant to take antidepressants, and psychobiotics may become an alternative.” Ted Dinan, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and from the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre at University College Cork in Ireland, told Medscape Medical News. Dr. Dinan noted that there are approximately 1 to 2 kg of bacteria in the adult gut that are capable of producing hundreds of essential chemicals. And although healthy aging is associated with a diverse range of these organisms, individuals who age in an unhealthy manner have a much less diverse range of bacteria. “Our preclinical studies suggest that depression is also associated with an alteration in the microbiota. Psychobiotics are good bacteria that have the potential to increase microbial diversity and treat the symptoms of depression,” he said. The review is published in the November 15 issue of Biological Psychiatry.

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