Table of Contents

  • Irlen Screeners in your area
  • About Irlen Syndrome
  • • Distortions
  • • Facts about Irlen Syndrome
  • • Self Test
  • • Books and Reference Material

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

  • News & Updates
  • • Irlen Newsletters
  • • 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
  • Useful Links
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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 June 1, 2018

    New Irlen Diagnosticians
    Fiona Randall – Buderim, Queensland, Australia. Fiona Randall holds a Master of Education by research. The aim of her study was to investigate what impact Irlen Spectral Filters had on the sensory profile of students who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Fiona was motivated to conduct research in this area following her son’s dual diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). During the four years that it took to complete her higher degree while doing her earch, she developed a strong understanding of the educational challenges students with Irlen face as well as an advanced understanding of the neurocognitive processes involved in sensory perception. She is currently studying psychology with the intention of becoming a clinical psychologist in the future.

    Donna Bouvette – Vancouver Island, Canada. Donna lives on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada, where she has been an educator for more than thirty years. Her training and teaching have focused on working with Special Needs and Learning Disabled children. For the past five years she has routinely screened all her referred students for Irlen Syndrome. She recently opened a private practice in order to be able to serve both children and adults with learning challenges, which will include screening and testing for Irlen Syndrome

    Lori Balbuena – Charlotte, North Carolina. Lori has been a certified Irlen Screener since 2015. She has her B.S.E., Ed., is a Berard Practitioner, and is trained in NILD (National Institute of Learning Development) and FE (Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment). After teaching in the school system for twenty-five years, Lori continually struggled with her own lack of knowledge as to how she could help students with learning challenges. She tried many different techniques in the classroom resulting in minimal change. She decided to become trained in educational therapy so she could focus on long-term change. Prior to Irlen, Lori found that the students were still struggling with reading, ADHD and other concerns. She kept thinking there had to be a root because she was overlooking. After a long search for a particular student, she discovered Irlen. Through this search, she was also to help herself, learning that she has Irlen Syndrome. Lori will be an Irlen Diagnostician in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Jean Parcher, M.A. – Colorado Springs, CO. Jean is the founder of Due North, PLLC, offering counseling, Life Coaching, and now Irlen services. Jean’s specialty interest is in the LGBT community, gender and gender identity challenges. As a lesbian and veteran, her training in counseling and life coaching allows her to live in her passion and desire to assist those struggling with marginalized living standards. Jean completed a Mass Communications degree encompassing Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, which she uses frequently to coach small businesses toward reaching their potential. After discovering her own light sensitivity issues she began identifying it in her clients. In an effort to help them live better lives she has extended to Due North, PLLC services to include the Irlen Method for both screening and diagnostic services to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Irlen News From Southeast Asia
    There are three diagnosticians, Janet Shion, Hui Soon, and Dr. Doris Ang who are concentrating their efforts in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore to create awareness and build a strong customer base for the Irlen Method. Janet is the Indonesia Diagnostician, and Dr. Ang flies up often to give support for Jakarta and also to create awareness through talks in international and local schools. Dr. Ang reports, “The harvest has been fruitful, as our effort has spread beyond Jakarta and over to other states of Indonesia.” Dr. Ang has been interviewed by an Indonesian top television program (Metro TV) in Jakarta. You will find it interesting to view but only a small part of the program is in English. youtube

    Slovenian Educators Are Getting Educated About Irlen Syndrome
    Alan Penn, UK Clinic Director, will be presenting twice at the Annual Slovenian National Educational Conference in November, 2018. One presentation is for ALL primary school head teachers in Slovenia, and the second is for ALL secondary school head teachers. This is a major step forward in Alan’s goal to ensure that every person with learning difficulties in Slovenia gets access to an Irlen screening. Hopefully, this will serve as a model for other countries.

    News From the Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing Community
    The Irlen Institute is excited to continue bringing the Irlen method to the deaf and hard-of hearing community. Sarah Rosen is a deaf Irlen screener living in the Washington, DC-Metro area and is fluent in American Sign Language. She will be using her skills to screen the deaf population.
    The School for the Deaf in Belo Horizonte has had trained screeners for many years. They have even created a sign for “Irlen” which was shared at the Irlen International Conference in Belo Horizonte, 2012. They recently created videos that use signing to describe the various Irlen distortions.

    We Get Postcards!

    Adel Francis, Irlen Canadian Clinic Director, organized with her screeners to create postcards saying “Helen Irlen Making a Difference.” The screeners have given out these postcards to their clients to write in anything they wanted and send them to Helen Irlen. The following are just a few of the many messages that she has received. Helen says, "Each one has brightened my day and filled my heart with joy!"

    “Thank you! One day I am going to be a famous basketball player and wear my Irlen lenses in the entire interview so I can tell everyone about Irlen. So other kids don’t have to struggle like me.”
    –William, age 12.

    “My eye glasses have made everything clear, but Irlen has allowed me to actually see.”
    Thank you.”—Jane

    “Thank you for discovering Irlen. Because of your discovery my life has changed for the better and I can now read better.” –Gavin

    “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me see what I have never seen before. Without you I would never have been able to (finally) take control of the struggles I have always fought with!” --Jane

    We Get Emails

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    My son (age 15) displays many of the "complaints" from most of your (Irlen) self-tests. He even has over enlarged pupils at times especially after he has been reading. We homeschool our son, and he has to do most of his schoolwork on the computer, including book reading. He turns the light on the computer down very low and sets his books to have the white script on black instead of black on white. We would like to find a way to see which colors might help him. I would appreciate your assistance. --Theresa
    Helen's Answer: Your son definitely displays symptoms of Irlen syndrome. I would like to congratulate him on finding partial solution to his problem. However, it would be so much easier for him to be tested and wear Irlen Spectral Filters. When he wears his Irlen Spectral Filters which are individualized and specially created for his brain, he will not need to be changing and modifying the computer screen or his environment.

    Question: My doctor referred me to see whether I'm a good fit for your product. I've had my 5th concussion 5 months ago and have been unable to return to work due to ongoing migraine, difficulty concentrating and head pressure symptoms, often worsened by computer usage, driving, and lights. I'm afraid I may need to change my career or go on long term disability if I can't get my symptoms under control. I used to do Executive coaching, training and workshops for large companies. When would it be possible to set up an appointment?
    Helen’s Answer: We see clients who have had one and even multiple concussions on a frequent basis. Even one concussion can wreck a person’s life by affecting the ability to function, creating headaches, migraines, difficulty concentrating, light sensitivity, and more. After testing and treating over 500 individuals with concussions and/or TBIs, we know that we are able to greatly reduce or even eliminate the headaches, migraines, light sensitivity, and even improve attention, concentration, reading, and ability to focus and perform.

    Question: I sent you an email yesterday about my grandson and coloured paper. I told the school that Irlen said some individual with Irlen Syndrome need to use coloured paper and/or coloured overlays even if they wear Irlen glasses. The school says that colour blind people should only read off white paper with black writing. Do you know anything about this? Thanks for your help. Kerry
    Helen’s Answer: I have never heard that people who are color blind should read only on off white paper with black print. It doesn’t even make any sense. If you are color blind you cannot tell the difference between certain colors which can look alike or look gray but this would not hinder reading the letters. Children’s books are written with different colored printed and on different colored paper. There is no reporting that colored blind children not being able to read the books. This is not a valid argument.

    You Don't Need Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses

    Eyewear companies have been aggressively marketing lenses designed to block blue light emitted in high concentrations by smartphones, tablets, computer screens and TVs. Example: The company Felix Gray will add a blue-light ­filter to a pair of glasses for $95. The claim: Blue-light-blocking lenses help to prevent sleep disruptions, eyestrain, and even macular degeneration. Is it help or hype? There’s no question that evening exposure to blue light interferes with sleep, but other claims are iffy. There’s no credible evidence that blue light from screens is a major cause of eyestrain, and one much publicized study showing macular degeneration–related retinal damage from screens involved rats, not people. Plus, we need blue light. It’s found in sunlight and enhances daytime functioning by boosting attention, reaction times and mood. In fact, blocking blue light all day could mean that you will have a tough time waking up. SLEEP SOLUTIONS: It’s true that having a special pair of glasses with blue-light-blocking lenses that you wear only in the evening might improve sleep. But there are other ways to accomplish this. Dial back your exposure to bright light from your smartphone, computer screen, tablet, etc., about 90 minutes before bedtime. To do this, either stop using these devices or turn down their brightness. Change your lightbulbs. While old-fashioned incandescent bulbs emit very little blue light, compact fluorescent and even standard LED bulbs emit plenty. Instead, try Good Night LED lightbulbs, offered by Lighting Science. They transform blue light into warmer colors using a technology developed by NASA to help astronauts on the International Space Station get their ZZZs. Source: Michael J. Breus, PhD, clinical psychologist based in Manhattan Beach, California, and fellow of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

    The Irlen Parent Connection Is Hosting An Irlen Awareness T-Shirt Design Contest

    Please put on your creative hats, and send us your original design to be printed on a t-shirt to raise awareness about Irlen Syndrome! Anyone is welcome to submit a design!! You can even submit more than one! We will all get to vote for our favorite once the contest ends and that design will be printed on t-shirts used for our upcoming fundraising campaign. Contest ends June 20, 2018. Please make sure your submission is tasteful and not gender-specific. Submit your design to me at HINT: has a great t-shirt design tool anyone can use 😊 Any questions, please ask!

    Other Noteworthy News

    Some Schools Reconsider Rules Barring Dogs
    Comfort dogs have been introduced in some schools to support social and emotional learning. A pilot program in New York City schools uses the dogs to offer ordinary comfort and help students develop empathy, cooperation and decision-making skills.

    Students Thrive Socially In Best Buddies Club
    A Georgia high school's Best Buddies club has expanded social inclusion for students with special needs. The club has more than 100 members and meets periodically for social events, such as a fundraising concert that members of the club organized to pay for its activities

    CDC Reports Increased Prescribing Of ADHD Drugs For Young Women
    CDC researchers found that the percentage of US women ages 15 to 44 who received prescriptions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs rose by 344% between 2003 and 2015, with the highest increase -- 700% -- among those ages 25 to 29. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that the greatest increases occurred in Southern and Western states, and Adderall, Vyvanse and Ritalin were the most commonly prescribed medications. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) , USA Today Medscape (free registration)

    Report Recommends Fewer Guardianships
    Courts appoint guardians for individuals with special needs more than necessary and often don't explore less-restrictive alternatives, according a 201-page report by the National Council on Disability. The report recommends several steps to mitigate the issue, including better training for judges on guardianship alternatives. Disability Scoop (3/23)

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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.”