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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  • Testimonials
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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 25, 2012

    Swimathon for ABC for Reading
    Chantal Robey is swimming an Olympic Mile for the ABC for Reading U.K. charity because of the essential service this nonprofit charity provides. The funds raised for ABC for Reading helps pay for Irlen lens tinting for adults and children with reading and other difficulties due to Irlen Syndrome which can be associated with light sensitivity…in her case photosensitive epilepsy. She has set up a webpage so people can make donations. Her goal is to raise £3,000.00. So far she has had 22 donations and raised £248.00. Please visit her website and make a donation.

    ‘Dyslexia’ Purged from American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5
    The fifth edition of the psychiatric diagnostic publication lumps dyslexia as a “specific learning disability.” The American Psychiatric Association has been engaged in revising the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and recently published a revision May 1, 2012. In this draft, the term “dyslexia” has been completed purged and replaced by “specific learning disability.” In presenting this new draft, it is stated that “…the previous types of Learning Disorders (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Disorder of Written Expression) are no longer being recommended.”

    Teach College Students to Think Critically and Write Well
    Working with the argument maps that are at the heart of Rationale software has been shown to produce a dramatic increase in students’ critical thinking ability. Rationale is a software tool that helps students grasp the essence of good essay-writing: structure. Rationale.

    More Irlen Success Stories
    “Multiple members of my family have been tested and diagnosed with Irlen. Those glasses have literally changed my sister's life. She was failing to keep up with her peers in high school, even failing some classes because she was unable to finish the required reading, and now she is a double major finishing her final semester of college and speaks 3 languages -- none of which she would have been able to accomplish without those Irlen glasses and diagnosis.” K. McCormick
      “In 1996 I was 11 and got my first Irlen Filters. I had a Reading Age of a 7 year old; but within the year because of my Irlens, I was in the normal range for reading. Thanks to my Irlens, I lead a normal life.” L. Bertie
      “Ok so very excited about this! My daughter has ocular histoplasmosis bilateral with significant low vision. The overlays were the only positive intervention in 9 years. She is 20, and soon she will have Irlen glasses. C. Denton

    LiveScribe Echo Pen
    The Echo smartpen from Livescribe records everything you hear, say, and write while linking your audio recordings to your notes. It will quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. Smartpens record everything you write and hear so you’ll never miss a word. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes. This pen saves your notes and recordings to your computer for fast, easy access to what’s important. Search for words within your notes and find what you need fast. A 2GB smartpen can hold over 200 hours of audio or 32,000 pages of notes.

    Help Spread the Word
    Please tell people about the difference that Irlen Screening or Irlen Lenses have made to you or your child. Don't keep it a secret - there are still MANY people who don't know about Irlen, how it works, and how it can be life changing. If you know of any schools or groups who would like a presentation on Irlen Syndrome - please let us know - this can be arranged. We need to help people know about the effects of Irlen so that it becomes as recognized as dyslexia or ADHD. The Irlen Method can help sufferers improve their life opportunities. Don’t forget to join Irlen on Facebook!

    Intel Reader
    Portable and unobtrusive, the Intel Reader takes pictures of printed material. It then converts it to digital form and allows audio playback. The Reader can hold large amounts of text. Capturing and playing back text with the Reader is as easy as point, shoot, listen. You just hold it over the printed text, push the Capture button to take a picture of the page, and the Reader will play it back to you on the spot. (You can listen to it through the earphones if you want more privacy.)

    Research: Brains Rewire Themselves in People Who Are Born Deaf
    The portion of the brain that processes sounds develops differently in people who are born without hearing, by processing and closely associating touch and vision in ways that brains of people born with hearing don't do, according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. “The findings may help in advancing the technology in cochlear implants,” says lead author Christina M. Karns. (7/11)

    I Was Told My Son Was Autistic
    “I was told that my son was autistic. He didn't want to be held. He had little social interaction and no eye contact. He would shut down completely and cry and cry and cry. We lived in a new modern house with lots of big windows and fluorescent lights. At 5 years of age, we moved to an older house which was dark and had only incandescent lights. His behavior immediately improved. He was much calmer and less likely to have melt-downs and tears. We decided to remodel adding fluorescent lights and bigger windows. His behavior changed and he became irritable, crying, constant movement, and highly agitated again. I finally found out about how certain Autistic symptoms can be eliminated with Irlen Filters, had him tested, and am so pleased with the changes.”

    Some States Tie Reading Tests to Grade Promotion
    “Fourth grade is when young people stop learning to read and start reading to learn,” says Marcus Winters, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. “Even so, because less attention is placed on developing reading skills past the third grade,” Winters said, “students who have not mastered the skill by then struggle to keep up and fall further behind each year.” To address that issue, Ohio and North Carolina passed legislation requiring third-graders to pass a reading test before advancing to fourth grade. “They join four other states - Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma and Florida - with similar policies,” said Jaryn Emhof of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Emhof said more states, including Mississippi and New Mexico, are considering similar laws. USA Today

    Federal Guidelines say "Least Restrictive" Applies to Transition
    The principle behind the law that requires schools to include students with disabilities in general education classes to the greatest extent possible also should apply when it comes to transitional services, such as work placements, according to informal guidance from the Department of Education. If job placement supports will help a student be successful in an integrated environment, the school must offer the supports, the guidance states. Disability Scoop (7/10)

    Follow-Up Study Reveals Executive Function Impairment in Girls With ADHD
    The research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is abundant and varied. An emerging area of research for ADHD involves exploring how executive function is impaired in female clients. Although more attention has been given to ADHD in girls in recent years, few studies have revealed evidence of longitudinal effects of ADHD in this population. To address this void, Meghan Miller of the Department of Psychology at the University of California recently published data from a study that followed the trajectory of executive function impairment in a sample of 140 female ADHD clients and 88 female controls. Good Therapy

    What Happens When the Cause of Headaches Goes Undetected?
    We tested an 11th grader today for Irlen Spectral Filters who had mild headaches all the time in elementary school, stronger headaches in middle school, and now has migraines as an 11th grader. She also had several reading distortions but was not aware that these things should not be there. She is, amazingly, an excellent reader--but can only do it for 15 minutes at a time with lots of breaks. Her parents removed her from school this year because she was getting so many migraines under the fluorescent lights. The doctors could not explain the cause. Then a friend mentioned Irlen Testing. Her father said she doesn't do much smiling anymore. After the testing, she had a smile from ear to ear. She says she is looking forward to getting back to school next fall with her Irlen Filters. Rick and Cheryle Harbaugh, New Mexico Irlen Clinic Directors

    I Have a Severe Case of Dyslexia
    “Hi. My name is Callie Wright, and I am 12 years old and in seventh grade. I have a severe case of dyslexia and Scotopic Sensitivity. For a long time I was scared for my friends and family to know that I have a learning disability. I have been scared to stand up for the truth. I’m tired of teachers saying ‘stop being lazy.’ Or ‘you need to try harder!’ Or when some of your teachers do ‘understand’ and treat you like you are disgusting or have a disease. It’s a depressing thought to know that there are thousands of innocent kids being treated the way no one should be, even if they have a hard time reading, or doing math, or taking forever to finish a 5 question test. But with teachers like Mrs. Wright, you feel cared about, like you DO have a future. She inspires me to stand up for what's right. When I was younger and I wasn’t introduced to the Irlen lenses (special filtered glasses) my life savior, I would have weird things happen on my paper when I tried to read Iike words would move around, float, change colors, and many other things. It made it very hard for me to read. When I was in first grade, when it came my turn to read, I would stare at the ceiling in amazement, wondering how the words got up there. My teacher would tell me to pay attention and read. I was trying. Irlen lenses have caused me to understand why my bad grades, lack of self-esteem, and hatred of school became clear. Irlen lenses have changed my life forever.”

    App Matches Books to Students' Reading Levels
    Book Retriever, a mobile application recently released by Classroom Library Co., continues to be an iTunes top seller, even during summer break. The app allows parents and teachers to match a child's reading level to items found in a database of more than 130,000 books. The app also includes a cataloging tool and a list of 10 "hot" books that changes monthly. Publishers Weekly (7/12)

    BPA Exposure in Dental Fillings Tied to Behavioral Problems in Children
    Children who had several dental fillings that were made using bisphenol A and had the fillings for a long period of time had worse behavioral scores than children without fillings made from BPA or those who had one for only a short time, a study in Pediatrics found. Researchers also noted that behavioral problems were more common among those with BPA-made fillings on chewing surfaces. Reuters (7/16)