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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 July 11, 2013

    In Memoriam
    It is with great heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of Beverley Butt, Irlen Diagnostician in Saskatchewan, Canada. In May, Bev was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A celebration of Bev’s life was held on July 5. Bev was awarded the Delta Kappa Gamma Silver Anniversary Award in 1970 for outstanding educator in Ontario. In 1988, Bev opened the Sandpiper Learning Centre in Regina, Sask. In 1988, Bev was trained as an Irlen Screener – received the Outstanding Irlen Screener’s Award in 1988 - and in 1992 became the first Irlen Diagnostician in Canada. She traveled to most of the provinces in Canada to provide Irlen services, to increase awareness of Irlen Syndrome, and provide training for elementary and high school teachers. She served as the Irlen Cluster Leader for the network of Irlen Screeners in Montana, Sask., and Manitoba. Bev served on the Irlen International Advisory Board from 1993 through 2009. In 1994, Bev was presented with the Irlen Outstanding Service Award. She received the Saskatchewan Woman of Distinction Award (partly for her Irlen work) in 1995. To ensure that there would be no gap in services to identify and treat persons with Irlen Syndrome when Bev chose to retire, she began a program in 2004 to mentor selected Irlen Screeners to become Diagnosticians. In 2008, she was presented with the first President’s Award of Distinguished Service-Irlen Fellow.

    This represents the life of a person whom we admired for passionately “pushing the envelope” in so many areas during her lifetime and yet remaining such a warm, kind, patient person whom everyone respected and loved. Beverley did not just excel in her chosen career, but she was always searching beyond the boundaries to discover unique ways to help others. She will be greatly missed by us all.

    News From Singapore
    Doris Ang, PhD, Irlen Clinic Director for Singapore and Malaysia, writes that she has been extremely busy after returning from the Irlen Australasian Conference. She finished a radio Interview in Mandarin and is working on a corporate video. She will be spending four days in Kuala Lumpur, speaking to the Dyslexia Association of Malaysia and four International Schools for them to understand more about Irlen Syndrome.

    Technology Revamps Book Reports In Missouri Elementary School
    Fourth-grade students at a school in Missouri recently used technology to deliver alternative book reports, in which they used iMovie to create trailers persuading others to read the books. Students presented their "reports" using an ultra-high-definition Immersion Wall, which allows students to use computers to type feedback onto a screen visible to the students in the classroom.
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch (6/8)

    Study: More Canadian Children Are Receiving Antipsychotic Medicines
    Since 1996, there has been a fourfold increase in the number of Canadian children younger than 18 receiving prescriptions for antipsychotic medications, according to a recent study. Data also revealed an 18-fold increase between 1996 and 2011 for prescriptions written for second-generation antipsychotics.
    Ottawa Citizen (Ontario)/Postmedia News (6/10)

    Study Explores Impact Of Ritalin On Educational Outcomes
    Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder taking Ritalin performed worse in school and had higher rates of dropping out than children not taking medications, according to a University of Toronto study of 15,000 Canadian children. Researchers caution that the study looked at the overall population of children and did not examine whether they were on the optimal dose or took the drugs consistently.
    The Atlantic online (6/17)

    Why Teachers Should Embrace Learning Differences In Boys
    Upon reviewing some paperwork from the previous school year, New Hampshire middle-school teacher Jessica Lahey said she noticed she disciplined male students much more often than female students. She writes in this commentary that the traditional classroom model may not work for boys, who are statistically more likely than girls to be suspended, disciplined, and diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She writes that researchers have found boys tend to thrive in a classroom environment where they can develop an end-product and participate in structured, competitive games.
    The Atlantic online (6/18)

    Education Department Clarifies Districts' Duties To Provide Braille
    Braille should be the default reading technique taught to students who are blind or who have vision impairments, according to a letter released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this week. The letter explains that a school's lack of instructors or availability of alternative tools cannot be used as the basis for denying a child access to Braille instruction.
    Education Week/On Special Education blog (6/19),
    Disability Scoop (6/21)

    What Are The Most Popular Channels On YouTube EDU?
    A growing number of people are using YouTube's video-sharing services for educational purposes, according to NBC reporter Stephanie Gosk. In this article, Gosk compiles a list of some of the most popular channels on YouTube EDU, including Steve Spangler's "The Spangler Effect;" Rob Tarrou's math lessons, which have been viewed worldwide; and videos by Paul Anderson, who began by taping lessons for his own students and soon gained an online following.
    NBC News (7/1)

    I have always tried to search for any answers to help Ruby or improve learning to make her life better, as you know, but had never heard of Irlen Syndrome
    “My daughter will be transitioning into grade 7 come September, back into the public school system. I decided last November that I should have a WISC (Intelligence) & WIAT (Achievement) test done on her so we can be completely sure where she is at in order to get her into an appropriate school programme that matches her disability. Both test results were lower and worse off from previous testing three years ago. Her psychologist was perplexed and concerned at her results and knew that there had to be “something” else wrong. She had always noticed that when she saw Ruby, she was wearing her sunglasses! She asked me if Ruby was sensitive to the sun or bright lights? I told her she was and that I had had to carry sunglasses in every handbag and car, as Ruby complained like mad if caught without them. I thought she was over-reacting when she was little and told her to stop fussing. What a mean mum I was! I figured it was easier to carry the sunglasses with us so I didn’t have to hear the constant complaining! Ruby’s optometrist told me that blue eyed people are more sensitive to sunlight than others! Oops! So her psychologist asked me if I had ever had Ruby tested for “Irlen?” I said “Irl – who?” With all Ruby’s deficiencies, I have always tried to search for any answers to help Ruby or improve learning to make her life better, as you know, but had never heard of Irlen Syndrome. I did my research. No wonder Ruby complained about headaches and dizziness on the school bus. The fact that Irlen Syndrome can NOT be diagnosed by an optician because it is not a visual problem, who would have thought? I’m so happy someone recognized the ‘symptoms’! Ruby was screened; and when the blue overlay was placed in front of Ruby, it was like a miracle!!!!! Ruby could see! It brought tears to my eyes! She read each and every word on the page smoothly and was actually focused. We then met with Nola Stigings, a Certified Irlen Diagnostician. She figured out the exact coloured lens combination that Ruby’s brain responded best to, and it was so exciting for us! Her reading was better; she walked up the stairs without holding on to the railing; walked backwards without looking! Maybe most kids can do this naturally, but Ruby never could until she had the coloured lenses! I always blamed her clumsiness on her disability but now realized this was going to open up a whole new world for Ruby. I knew it wouldn’t cure her cognitive disability, but it had to help somewhere along the way! Ruby has worn her new coloured lenses for about four months now and wow! The difference is amazing. When she prints on a lined page, she can write ‘between’ the lines; her numbers straighter and printing is better; her reading smoother and math numbers aligned; her depth perception and hand-eye coordination are improved – she is even a Pro-Bowler on the Wii! I know there are children out there struggling with reading, writing, and math. It may not be their fault or it may be getting overlooked; that they are slow and stupid or inattentive, not ‘applying’ themselves. Ruby was one of the fortunate ones who didn’t have to ‘fall through the cracks’; and actually, it was a huge relief for myself to find another piece of the puzzle for Ruby! She has much more confidence and less frustration in life and can now ‘see.’ As she settles in with her new Irlen glasses, I can see the improvement it has made and I am starting to see the difference it has made in her life.” J Gillian O’Connor

    Colourful wishes,
    Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFT
    Executive Director Irlen Institute International HQ
    PPS Credentialed School Psychologist
    Educational Therapist
    Adult Learning Disability Specialist
    Board Certified Professional Counselor
    Licensed Therapist