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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 January 15, 2015

    Irlen on the TV show The Doctors
    Irlen Syndrome was a feature segment on The Doctors TV show January 21st, 2015. (view episode)

    Watch the feaure about Irlen on the Doctors TV show.

    Sports Concussion and Getting Back in the Game... of Life
    A New Book By Helen Irlen
    Download it today on Amazon

    This is a unique book in that it not only talks about the growing concern today regarding concussions in sports, but it also offers a proven solution to mitigate or even eliminate the symptoms, when concussions don’t “just go away.” It’s called the Irlen Method.

    Originally developed to help struggling readers, the Irlen Method has been extremely successful in helping those with concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) lead a normal life without the pain of headaches and migraines, the strains of light sensitivity, the frustrations associated with poor academic performance, or the inability to relieve anxiety or even get a comfortable night’s sleep.

    This book also serves as a guide to parents and coaches, offering ways in which to detect concussion symptoms and how to discuss the issues with youngsters who don’t want to say anything because they want to get right back out on the field or on the court, despite the pain.

    Stories, and some sobering statistics, bring the seriousness of concussions to light. We emphasize the need for strong communication between parents, coaches and young athletes to prevent possible concussions and to understand when they do occur so that the injured player receives proper attention and testing.

    The book then explains how the Irlen Method can help eliminate the symptoms and concludes with a number of enlightening and very encouraging stories from athletes and from our military heroes who have also sustained concussions or TBI and have recovered from debilitating symptoms.

    Concussions cannot be eliminated in sports, or elsewhere. We can certainly make stronger efforts to avoid them through proper training and equipment to protect ourselves, but accidents will happen. The benefit of this book is learning about concussions and knowing that there is something available that can prevent the long lasting effects.

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Auckland, New Zealand. Sarah Bycroft lives in Auckland, New Zealand, on the North Shore with her husband and two children. Sarah is a registered Dispensing Optician and owns an optometry clinic in Albany. She has been working in the optical industry for 16 years now and enjoys working in pediatric and general optical dispensing. Sarah was diagnosed with dyslexia as a child and has always had an interest in helping others with specific learning disabilities. She is very excited to start working as an Irlen Diagnostician. “To see the transformation patients experience with Irlen Filters is an amazing privilege.”

    Other Noteworthy News
    Researchers Explore Connection Between Anxiety, Autism
    About 40 percent to 60 percent of people with autism have a diagnosable anxiety disorder or an atypical anxiety driven by irregular fears or unusual social anxiety, said Kerns, assistant professor at the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Researchers are looking for better ways to assess and treat anxiety in individuals with autism. This article examines the connection between autism and anxiety and some ongoing studies on the link. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/28)

    A Note from Helen: My research has shown that there is a strong connection between anxiety and autism. Many individuals with ASD are living in a distorted and unpredictable environment which is constantly changing and morphing which causes anxiety. Irlen Spectral Filters reduce anxiety by eliminating the distortions in the environment, making the world calm, clear, and stable.

    Wisconsin District Tries New Ways to Help Calm Students
    Students with disabilities in a Wisconsin school district have access to weighted vests and blankets that are designed to help provide calm and focus. “They can be used for just heightening alertness and can be used with kids with dexterity problems and difficulty with coordinated movements,” occupational therapist Karen Armstrong said. Kenosha News (Wis.) (12/28)

    More Than 50% of Antipsychotics Prescribed Off Label
    More than half of the prescriptions for antipsychotics in the United Kingdom are prescribed to individuals with no diagnosis of a serious mental illness (SMI), a major study of primary care records has revealed. Investigators at University College London also found that off-label antipsychotic prescribing is more likely to occur in women, older people, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

    “In this study of antipsychotic prescribing in a large primary care database representative of the UK, approximately half of the prescriptions for first-generation and second-generation antipsychotics are issued to people who have no record of SMI…in their clinical notes,” the researchers, led by Louise Marston, PhD, write. "Furthermore, they are more likely to be prescribed to older people, who may be more sensitive to adverse effects such as movement disorders and cardiometabolic risk," they add. The study was published online December 18 in BMJ Open.

    Musical Training May Bolster Mental Function in Children
    Learning how to play a musical instrument may help relieve anxiety and bolster emotional control and attention among children, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Researchers said musical training was also tied to changes in brain areas associated with executive functioning, working memory, and organization. Medical News Today (12/29)

    Study Assesses Use of ADHD Medication in U.K.
    The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends using interventions before medication to address attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in young children. However, a recent survey found medication in some cases is being prescribed as a first step for students under 6. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/22)

    Chart Compares, Contrasts Tablet Alternatives
    The mobile device market continues to expand, and schools now have the option of choosing an alternative to the traditional tablet, including a phone-tablet device or a convertible notebook. This article offers a chart that contrasts and compares these devices. EdTech magazine online (1/7)

    Study: Quality, Quantity of Sleep Affects Math, Language Performance
    Children who get the most quality sleep perform better in subjects such as math and language, according to a recent study. “Short or poor sleep is a significant risk factor for poor academic performance that is frequently ignored,” lead researcher Reut Gruber said. (1/9)

    Help Others Who Can't Afford Testing
    Donate to the nonprofit Irlen Syndrome Foundation today to help individuals who can't afford Irlen Services receive the treatment they need. (make a donation)

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    Thought for the Day
    “This is for all of you The power of colour changing lives
    For the better.
    It’s a miracle
    For both children and adults
    the power of colour can change their lives.
    So what is the power of colour called?
    It’s called the Irlen method.
    There are many success stories
    Thanks to the power of colour
    We are an Irlen community.
    It’s great to been part of it”
    by Jennifer Owen

    Get the Irlen Revolution Book.


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    Review by Shoshana Shamberg on “Another amazing book by Helen Irlen, the genius behind the creation of Irlen Method, one of the most effective interventions for visual sensory processing disorders affecting reading, writing, attention, anxiety, visual processing, and daily functioning. A must-read for all occupational therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, and teachers.”