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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 March 26, 2014

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Buffalo, New York – Melissa Sawulak is a happily married mother of two young children living in Hamburg, New York, which is south of Buffalo on Lake Erie. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood as well as a Master’s Degree in Literacy from the University of Buffalo and Canisius College. Melissa has worked as a Literacy Specialist for over 10 years at Gateway-Longview. Gateway-Longview’s Educational Service programs are designed to provide highly focused special education to preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students in need of individualized scholastic assistance. Gateway-Longview’s Educational Services include Therapeutic Preschool and the Day School/Treatment Program. In August of 2011, Melissa traveled to Toronto, Canada, to be trained as an Irlen Screener. She has incorporated her training into the Literacy Program at Gateway-Longview as well as educating western New Yorkers about Irlen Syndrome through presentations to local teaching organizations.

    World Congress on Brain Injury
    Helen Irlen and Dr. Sandra Tosta attended the World Congress on Brain Injury in San Francisco to present research on Irlen and traumatic brain injury. The research covers the improvement in reading and other academic areas, attention, elimination of headaches and migraines, and reduction in the use of medication for 178 individuals who had experienced a concussion or head injury. Of the three days of presentations and over 800 poster sessions, Irlen was one of the few viable solutions offered for individuals suffering from the lasting effects of brain injury. For a link to enlarge the poster to readable size, click on the image below.

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    Toxic Chemicals Affecting Children's Brain Development
    Manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers have been added to a list of chemicals linked to neurodevelopmental disorders in children. Along with five chemicals identified in 2006 as toxic to the developing brain, these chemicals may be contributing to the "global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity," the researchers wrote in the journal The Lancet Neurology. View Full Article in: USA Today (2/14), Forbes (2/15)

    Give Students Time To Play
    Students need outdoor recess and movement throughout the day in order to stay focused and perform better academically, writes Debbie Rhea. For years, educators have tried different strategies of more testing and of more time on task to reverse these trends, but they have proved to be unsuccessful. The answer is not additional in-class sitting time. What kids need is time to move and have unstructured play. Read More: (Education Week)

    Article on Irlen Syndrome Published in Hong Kong
    A local community magazine in Hong Kong, Life on Lantau, has published an article on Irlen Syndrome, written by a certified Irlen Screener, Patricia Hamlin. The article not only includes information on Irlen but sample distortions from the Irlen website. Read Full Article

    Biomarker for Depression Helps Identify Teens at Risk
    A recently discovered biomarker for clinical depression could help identify teen boys who are most at risk, according to neuropsychology researchers. The scientists found that boys with higher levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, along with symptoms of depression are 14 times more likely to see their depression worsen compared with teens with neither trait. “Depression is a terrible illness. We now have a very real way of identifying those teenage boys most likely to develop clinical depression,” said lead researcher Ian Goodyer. Reuters (2/17)

    Wisconsin District to Evaluate Benefits of Later School Starts for Teens
    The start time for schools nationwide has crept earlier, and many schools in Wisconsin now begin around 7 a.m. – too early for many teenage students, some educators, parents and experts say. Some school districts are re-evaluating this trend. The Shorewood, Wisconsin, district has formed a committee to consider whether start times should be pushed later for high schools because of teenagers’ sleep patterns. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (2/17)

    New Mexico Students Learn Lyrical Interpretation Using Pop Music
    Eighth-graders in a reading-intervention class in Ruidoso, New Mexico, developed comprehension, vocabulary, and poetic interpretation skills by dissecting popular song lyrics line by line. Superintendent George Bickert modeled the technique with the class, and teacher Grace Padilla has adopted the approach, with students choosing their own songs and giving presentations of their line-by-line interpretations. “This is the highest level of complexity,” Bickert said to students. “Being able to determine what each line is saying and what it means to you.” Ruidoso News (N.M.) (3/4)

    ADHD Drug Use Continues to Climb in U.S
    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drug use increased almost 19% among children between 2008 and 2012, while use of such medications nearly doubled among young adults ages 26 to 34, according to an Express Scripts report released Wednesday. The report showed that 9.3% of boys and 4.4% of girls aged 12 to 18 were taking ADHD drugs in 2012. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12), United Press International (3/12)

    Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters
    A special education teacher’s experience in a French school led her to see value in teaching children to write by hand, rather than by redirecting children to keyboarding when they struggle with writing. (Education Week).

    Technology Trends: How Some Educators are Using Smartphones in the Classroom
    Students in some schools in California are finding more leniency when it comes to using their smartphones in the classroom. In some cases, educators use mobile applications to remind students about assignments, and students use their phones to take photos of lecture notes and reading passages. “There are so many whiz-bang things they can do on their phone, but I want them to realize that they can use this computer in their pocket to do their schoolwork,” teacher Louise Colbert said. The Oakland Tribune (Calif.) (3/23)

    How a “Growth Mindset” Can Enrich Inclusive Classrooms
    A ‘growth mindset” can help students with disabilities push through learning barriers and find success in the general-education classroom, special-education teacher Elizabeth Stein writes. In this blog post, she includes tips and resources to help co-teachers achieve this mindset in their classrooms. “For co-teachers, the growth mindset is a necessary paradigm to instill,” she writes. “It should be second nature as we guide students to close personal achievement gaps in order to keep up with the pace and rigor of the general education setting.” MiddleWeb/Two Teachers in the Room blog (3/23)

    Pennsylvania District uses Tablet Time to Help Teach Math, Reading
    Marissa Hagerman, a 5-year-old student in Jessica Schlechter’s kindergarten class, is learning how to spell. Sounding out each letter, she carefully writes the words “act” and “like” before raising her hand for her teacher to check her work. But instead of handing Schlechter a piece of paper and pencil, Marissa proudly holds up her Android tablet, displaying the correct spelling of each word. The Evening Sun (Hanover, Pa.) (3/18)

    5 Strategies to Foster Outside-the-Box Thinking
    Educators at all grade levels should take steps to encourage creative – divergent – thinking in schools, according to educator and artist Stacey Goodman. In this blog post, Goodman offers five strategies that support outside-the-box thinking. “Divergent thinking strategies offer the possibility of doing more than fostering a creative classroom environment; they can also help us better understand and appreciate difference(s) in all areas of our students’ lives,” he writes. Goodman's blog (3/18)

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