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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, 2015

    New Irlen App for Android Android users, the Irlen App is here! Irlen technology for your phone and tablet. Reduce glare, eliminate eyestrain, improve clarity, and increase comfort! Get it today on Google Play.

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Surrey, United Kingdom. Helen Slater is an experienced music teacher and a published co-author of a phonics reading scheme. Married with two children, she first came across Irlen Syndrome when she discovered her daughter had Irlen. Helen trained as a screener after seeing what the Irlen method could do for her daughter. Living with a family member who has severe Irlen Syndrome informs Helen's approach to her work, and she is keen to spread awareness to make the benefits of the Irlen method more widely known. She will be working as a diagnostician with Marie Smith in the South East of England and the Isle of Wight.

    Irlen Activities in Singapore and Malaysia
    Dr. Doris Ang is the Irlen Director for Singapore and Malaysia, which keeps her very busy. She is doing a screener training in Singapore in July and a public talk jointly organized by five schools in Kulai with many teachers, school counselors, and at least 150 parents are expected to attend. This is the first Mandarin public platform which will allow her to reach out to the Mandarin speaking professionals. On 10 July, she had a PASS training in Johor Bahru. These talks and trainings were arranged for July, school term holiday, as it is the only period in which teachers and parents are available. Flyers and brochures have been circulated.

    Irlen Moves Into Slovenia
    Alan Penn, U.K. Director, was invited to Slovenia to do two presentations for special education teachers. There were 17 teachers in the first presentation and 21 teachers in the second group. Forty percent have already said that they want to be trained to become certified screeners. He trained two more groups of teachers the next day and the following day met with the country's main specialist in dyslexia. In addition, a story was published in the Slovenia newspaper. The link for the google translation into English is included HERE.

    Irlen Awareness Activities in May
    Rasha Anwar, Certified Irlen Screener, participated in the Annual Conference of the Egyptian Pediatrics Association with a presentation entitled "Overview of Irlen Syndrome and Method with a display of a case study." The information was well received by the attending pediatricians from different universities and governorates of Egypt. As a fruitful result of Rasha's presentation, it has been approved to hold awareness workshops for members of the association after the end of the summer holidays. In addition, she held two awareness seminars; one in an NGO foundation for kids with special needs, and the other in a private academy for training special needs specialists.

    The opportunity for Rasha to present this new way of thinking outside the box in front of a large gathering of education college professors, at Ain Shams University and the Center for Adult Education, was a golden moment. She hopes that her presentation would serve Egypt and the Arab world to get rid of the problem of illiteracy and to enhance the well-being of Arab citizens at all levels. We want to thank Rasha for her continuing efforts to educate others and using every available opportunity to present information on the Irlen Method. Rasha opens people’s eyes to the Life-Changing Colorful Solutions.

    Jewish Charity Funds Irlen Testing
    Shoshana Shamberg, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA and Irlen Director, writes that a local Jewish charity just funded testing and filters for an 11 year old client who improved three grade levels in reading in the diagnostic session plus motor coordination, copying, reading near and far, and her whole body changed during testing from slumped to alive and active and smiling (that was after three hours of diagnostic testing). Mom was amazed.

    Autism Speaks Launches New Job Search Portal for People with Autism, a newly launched job search portal, connects employers with employable individuals with autism and other disabilities. Similar to or, the site is designed specifically for jobseekers with ASDs and other disabilities. Job seekers register for the site and use a simple tool to upload/create a resume, skills and interests. They will also have tools to upload videos of themselves performing job-related tasks. Employers will also have tools to upload photos/videos of their workspace, along with a traditional job description. Job coaches and other employment service providers are encouraged to register as well. If an individual with autism or another disability indicates that they would like to use (or are interested in learning about) support services, they will be connected to these providers in addition to the employers in their area who have openings.

    Integrative Therapies Recommended as Researchers Debate ADHD Treatments
    The effectiveness of behavioral and drug therapies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is still not clear, but medical professionals recommend the use of both for treatment. This article highlights the research into and the debate surrounding the treatments and diagnosis of the neurological disorder. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/1)
    Note From Helen: Approximately 33% of those diagnosed with ADHD are misdiagnosed, and their behaviors are a result of having Irlen Syndrome. For these individuals, drugs and other therapies are not what are needed. They need Irlen Spectral Filters.

    Font Recreates Challenges Faced by Those with Dyslexia
    A graphic designer has developed a font that aims to help people understand what it is like to read with dyslexia. The font aims to simulate the "emotions of reading with dyslexia to try and put across how frustrating it is to try and read something simple," designer Dan Britton says. Tech Times (6/8)

    Insecticide Exposure Could Impair Children's Cognitive Ability
    Children with high levels of 3-phenoxybenzoic acid and cis-3-(2,2-dibromovinyl)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropane carboxylic acid, metabolites of pyrethroid insecticides, in their urine had a significant decrease in their cognitive performance, especially in working memory and verbal comprehension. The findings were published in the journal Environment International. Nature World News (6/12)

    Study Highlights Importance of Sign Language to Parents, Children
    Learning and using sign language is a critical communication component between parents and their children who cannot hear, said experts quoted in Pediatrics. "Children should be surrounded by sign language as much as possible as soon as the audiological status is determined. If the child gets a cochlear implant and does well with it, fantastic. Then the child is bilingual," said linguist Donna Jo Napoli. Sasha Scambler, a medical socialist and mother of a child who cannot hear, said teaching her son both oral and sign language enables the child to make his own choices as he grows older. Reuters (6/15)

    Students With Disabilities Find Independence in College
    Fresno State University, Fresno City College, and other California colleges have created programs to help students with intellectual disabilities transition to college and career. Students in such programs learn life skills, gain access to college degrees, and sometimes live with peers on campus. The Fresno Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (6/19)

    Struggling Readers Wondrous Ink
    Expert Tips for Parents of Irlen identified a visual perception syndrome, which has been named Irlen Syndrome (also known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome or Visual Stress.

    You're a Hero
    Here is a message from Paula Cook, Irlen Screener, about one of her tutoring students whom Barbara David, Irlen Michigan Diagnostician, tested a couple of months ago for Irlen Spectral Filters. He wanted to call Helen personally to thank her for "inventing" Irlen Spectral Filters. This is why we do what we do. "I wanted to tell you about Drake today- I showed him the picture of you (Barb David), Helen, and myself (Paula Cook); and he asked if he could have that picture. He said he wants to hang it in his room and write above it 'My 3 Heroes.' Touched my heart."

    Physical fitness linked to improved reading skills in children
    Research published in the journal Brain and Cognition says children who were physically fit had faster and stronger neuroelectrical brain responses during reading than less-fit peers, indicating better reading skills and language comprehension. Full Story: RedOrbit

    Pyrethroid pesticide exposure tied to ADHD in boys
    Researchers evaluated data on 687 children ages between 8 and 15 and found that boys with detectable traces of 3-phenoxybenzoic acid, an indicator of exposure to pyrethroid pesticides, in their urine samples had a threefold increased risk of having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than those without detectable traces of 3-BPA. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Health. Full Story: Science World Report

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    Our Twitter network is growing and we have lots of interesting things to share! Join Irlen on Twitter and stay on the pulse of all things Irlen. Find us @SeeIrlen and don't forget to hashtag #Irlen when you tweet!

    Thought for the Day
    14-year-old Caroline Archer submitted the following text as a response to her recent homework assignment "Describe the Room you are in Now." "Describe the Room you are in Now" By Caroline Archer Slipping into the room, my heart began to beat as if it were never to beat normally again. Comfy cloud-like carpet grabs hold of my feet making me regret having to sit on the boney structure of the chair. Peering around, the sharp light drags my attention away from any intentions I have - they are long gone now. Trying to look away, I turn my head towards the ancient box of pixels gathering together performing the next show. I've never been interested in this toxic TV people talk about. What is it with that light? Daggers of light attack the corners of my eyes, piercing into my skull. Unable to avoid it, I returned to the sight, awaiting the pain soon to appear. I can feel it slowly making its way to my brain as if it were a 90-year-old woman. It's just a bit of pointless sun reflecting off useless plastic to normal people, but it means much more than that to me. Why can't I be normal?
    Minutes zoom by and it is that time again, the time I have been both looking forward to and dreading. Thrilled to see me, the dimpled box of cures leaps onto the table. Familiar sensations of minute dust particles tickle the outside of my nose, daring me to sneeze. Resisting the temptation, I force the annoying fellas elsewhere. Has it really been that long since the mysterious box cured pain? Creaking open, the joints of the elderly case come into use. Deceivingly, the gothic box of darkness contains a rainbow of colours giving each and every sheet a personality. Eyeing the multiple personalities, I try to imagine which fits mine best. Carefully sprinting my eyes over the many choices I have, the spear of light edges towards me at speed once again. Trying to avert my focus back to the colour sheets, my mind battles the light as it always has done. When will this battle be over? Picking out the most comfortable colours, I take another peek at my surroundings. Bending buildings looking down on me. Fierce fences ready to fight me. Blinding black writing prepared to shout at me. Usually I'd try to avoid it entirely, but it's time to make the most of the torture I've been living in all my life. As I look down towards the delicate colours that would change my life forever, I am violently attacked by that recurring light on the wall. How have I survived this ongoing pain for so long?
    Anxiously I take a firm grip on the two circular sheets of personality, preparing myself for the moment I had been waiting my whole life for - to be able to see like a normal person. You see, all of these distracting distortions seem natural to me. Casually I lifted the colours to my face and peer around at my new surrounding. Black writing calmly speaking to me. Fences guarding me from unknown passers by. Buildings standing tall and proud. Welcoming box of cures. No more blade of light. Even better, no more pain. Blocking out the harsh rays of light, the lenses give me the peace and quiet I've desired my whole life. That is the life of someone with Irlen Syndrome.

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