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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

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  • • Irlen in the News
  • • Updates and Research
  • Resources & Information
  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
  • • Irlen Student Information
  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
  • • References
  • • 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 July 21, 2014

    MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Irlen Awareness Week
    October 20-24, 2014
    We're very excited about our first Irlen Awareness Week, which will take place October 20-24, 2014. This worldwide effort aims to increase awareness of Irlen Syndrome, risk factors, and available treatment. From local seminars and workshops, to a global "turn out the lights" activity, to a viral social media campaign, awareness week aims to spread the word about this largely unknown and underdiagnosed disorder in the hopes that others who are struggling can get help. We invite you, as members of our Irlen Community, to be ambassadors for Irlen during this time and help spread the word. Please stay tuned for more information about Irlen Awareness Week events and ideas on how you can make a difference!

    Good News From Switzerland
    In May, Karin Schwartz-Yverdon-les-Bains, Irlen Diagnostician, and Fritz Steiner, Irlen Director in Switzerland, conducted their first Irlen Screener training in French. It has been a very successful course with eight very qualified participants: six occupational therapists, one orthoptiste, and one teacher for children with special needs. Fritz is very grateful to Jacques Guimond, Irlen Director in Canada, for the excellent French translation of the manuals.

    In August, Michel Hanspeter, Irlen Diagnostician, and Fritz Steiner will organize the first Irlen Screener training in Italian. The screening manuals, which have been translated into German, English and French, will now be translated into Italian by Fritz.

    Dyslexia Awareness Month
    Last month was Dyslexia Awareness Month in Singapore. Dr. Doris Ang, Irlen Director/Diagnostician Singapore, was interviewed on Chinese Radio about Irlen Syndrome and its method of treatment. This was a 5 day program; and a mother, together with her son, came forward to share their struggle before wearing the Irlen Filter. An adult and a 19 year old guy who was suffering from anxiety disorder due to Irlen Syndrome also spoke of their journey with the Irlen treatment and how their lives were transformed by using the Irlen Filters.

    Dr. Doris Ang has just finished training three Screeners - two from Kuala Lumpur and one from Indonesia. I am sure that people in these parts of the world are very thankful for Dr. Ang and may she continue to help many more children to come.

    Irlen Push Into Schools In Canberra, Australia
    Karen England, Irlen Clinic Director, writes that she is organizing a push into the schools in Canberra, whereby she will be screening the bottom 20% of children with reading difficulties in Years 1 and 2 (early intervention). This will be done through her not-for-profit organisation. We know that there will be children who will not have to struggle to read as a result of this effort. The Irlen Institute wants to thank Karen for her efforts on behalf of children in Canberra

    ABC For Reading, U.K. National Charity
    ABC For Reading is a U.K. National Charity set up with the following aims:

  • To alleviate the suffering and promote relief and care of persons suffering from the condition known as Irlen Syndrome
  • To advance the education of such persons and public in general concerning this condition
  • To promote further research into Irlen Syndrome.
  • ABC U.K. Charity will be participating in the worldwide Irlen Awareness Week which is October 2014 from the 20th to the 24th. They are already working hard to make this a real opportunity to raise awareness in libraries, schools, colleges, universities, doctors’ surgeries, shops, in workplaces, and on local radio and TV programs. With a donation, they are providing Irlen Awareness wristbands. We would love you to join us and to share ideas about how we can best raise awareness during the Irlen Awareness Week. If you have ideas, please email me at

    Radio Suffolk, in November 2013, had a day of broadcasting about Irlen Syndrome. I would like to thank those of you who were interviewed and whose stories were aired. ABC Charity is still being contacted by people who heard the programs that were on that day.”

    Less-Structured Schedule May Improve Children's Executive Function
    Research in the journal Frontiers in Psychology found that children who were allowed to play, read, and do other less-structured activities had better self-directed executive functioning than those with a more structured schedule. Science World Report (6/18)

    California Lawmakers Aim to Restrict Football Practices to Cut Concussions
    Concerns that concussions could lead to brain damage among high-school athletes led California lawmakers to aim to limit the number of football practices wherein students can tackle one another. “We have a multitude of evidence that this does not just affect professional athletes, but that younger kids who are still developing are just as susceptible,” said Democratic Assemblyman Ken Cooley, author of the bill. Reuters (6/19)

    Note from Irlen Institute: If you have had a concussion or head injury and symptoms do not disappear completely, Irlen Spectral Filters may be an answer. The Irlen Institute is treating young athletes, professional athletes, and others with residual headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, and difficulties with reading and other academic skills with great success.

    Colorado Researchers Create Tactile Storybooks With 3D Printers
    Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are using 3D-printer technology to create tactile versions of classic children's books to help children with visual impairments develop pre-literacy skills. The books include printed words with Braille and use textures to enhance images, such as fur on an animal, to help children explore and connect with stories. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (6/29)

    Legislation Includes Workforce Reforms For Individuals With Disabilities
    The House has passed a bill that seeks to increase competitive employment for individuals with disabilities. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act requires individuals to try vocational rehabilitation before placement in a sheltered workshop and calls on schools and state vocational agencies to partner to help students transition to the workforce. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill. Disability Scoop (7/10)

    Review Finds Few Safety Study for ADHD Medications
    An analysis of 32 clinical trials on FDA-approved attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs found that just five were focused on drug safety. The trials lasted an average of only four weeks, and each drug was tested on an average of 75 patients before being approved. The findings were published in the journal PLOS One. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model)/Daily Dose blog (7/9)

    Kathryn Margaret posted on The Irlen Institute's Facebook Timeline
    "I was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome in my senior year of high school. I recently tweaked my glasses and now they are darker. The change in my glasses was not received well, so I wrote a poem about it as part of my final for my creative writing class as a sophomore in college.
    Irlen Syndrome
    No they aren’t sunglasses
    Yes I can see
    No they don’t have prescriptions
    Yes they’re glasses
    Why do you have the strange spectacles?
    I can’t see certain wavelengths
    Of light, creating
    Hyperactive neurons
    It gives me the inner ear
    Of a drunk
    And the pains of
    Her hangover
    These strange spectacles
    Filter the fluorescents
    Unperceived light
    And generate my sobriety
    You look like a blind person wearing
    shades inside. They aren’t shades.
    I can’t tell if you’re sleeping or awake.
    I’m talking to you!
    It’s alarming I can’t see your eyes.
    But you know who I am.
    So you have to wear them all the time?
    Only if I don’t want to be sick.
    No they don’t make my world dark
    Yes they make me feel better
    No they aren’t sunglasses
    Yes they are glasses"

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