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 March 8, 2017

    Helen Irlen Podcast: Curing Light Sensitivity, ADD, Migraines & More Through Color
    Help Raise Awareness By Hanging One in Your Classroom or Office

    Helen Irlen’s interview on The Optimized Geek is now live. If you've never heard Helen talk about Irlen Syndrome and how color can make a difference in your productivity, health and well-being, and daily life, this is one podcast not to miss.
    Optimized Geek is a podcast full of knowledge that will enable you to reboot your life and improve your health, wealth, partner intimacy, peer group, spirit, career, business, and more.

    Dale Gelbard
    , Irlen Director in Manhattan/Scarsdale, New York, has retired after many years of providing Irlen services. She first became an Irlen Diagnostician about 29 years ago. Dale has been an integral part of Irlen almost since our inception. She has continued working as an Irlen Diagnostician through many trials and tribulations because of her deep commitment and loyalty to Irlen and her clients. She will be missed by her clients. I will personally miss her as a friend as well as a colleague with whom I have shared visits and many conversations over the years. Even though Dale has retired, she will continue to be part of the Irlen family and remain in our hearts and memories. Helen Irlen

    How You Know It's Time for a Filter Check
    Irlen recommends annual filter checks to stay on top of any changes in the color property of your lenses and any changes in brain or body chemistry that might affect your optimal color. If you haven't seen your Irlen diagnostician in a while, here are a few reasons why you might want to call and schedule an appointment asap:

    • Colors change over time: As with any other material, repeated exposure to light, air, and ultraviolet rays can change the color property in the lenses or fade color over time. Annual filter checks stay on top of any change in color that might have occurred as a result of this environmental exposure.
    • Your brain and body chemistry changes : Brain and body chemistry can change, and changes in brain and body chemistry can affect what color you need for maximum benefit. Hormone changes that occur with puberty, pregnancy, and menopause are all significant factors that contribute to changing color needs. Injury or illness: Head injury and serious illnesses such as Lyme's Disease, viral infections, and auto-immune disorders have all been linked to changing color needs. If you've been sick, or in an accident, and your Irlen Spectral Filters don't seem to be working as well as they used to, this might be why.
    • Medications and medical procedures: Certain medical procedures such as anesthesia, chemotherapy, and Lasik can all affect your color needs. In fact, increased light-sensitivity after Lasik is one of the most common side-effects of the procedure. Medications, or changes in medications or dosage can also impact your color needs.

    How do you know if your color isn't quite right? Well, there are some very obvious signs, and some subtle ones as well. If it hasn't been a year yet, but you're experiencing any of the following, don't wait, call your Irlen Diagnostician and schedule a filter check - there's no need to suffer!

    4 Signs You Need A Filter Check

    • Wearing your Irlen Spectral Filters causes pain or discomfort, such as eye-strain or headaches
    • Symptoms have returned, such as print distortions or physical symptoms You're more tired or fatigued than usual
    • You find yourself not wanting to put on your Spectral Filters, but aren't sure why
    • In children, you may notice behavior changes, such as the return of tantrums, hyperactivity, or resistance to read or do homework

    Many times clients aren't even aware how much symptoms have come back or how much harder they're working until they come in for a filter check and get their new color. The changes can happen slowly over time, so they can be difficult to notice. This is why regular filter checks are so important.

    What People Are Saying...

    So happy that we tested my daughter. She's been using her Irlen filters for a little more than a year. Is doing so much better in school.--Debbie

    Thankful we found out this mystery issue was real and correctable! Lynne

    I just found out that Irlen is hereditary. My mom had light sensitivity. I will bet it would be great to get all 50 states working with Irlen through the US Department of Education & Governors. It would be life altering to work with all schools where children have been identified with symptoms. Perhaps an Irlen Day or Irlen Week where schools coordinate statewide to bring children to diagnosticians. I'd vote to get welfare to help those in need. Linda

    Other Noteworthy News

    Students With Disabilities Gain SAT Accommodations
    The College Board recently announced that starting January 1, 2017, they will overhaul its request process for testing accommodations, making it easier for eligible students to receive support. The majority of students who are approved for, and currently, using testing accommodations at their school through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan, will automatically have those same accommodations approved for taking the SAT, PSAT, PSAT/NMQQT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP Exams. This new process builds on the College Board's August 2016 expansion of testing accommodations that can be approved directly by schools and is expected to reduce the approval time for accommodation requests. READ MORE

    NFL Starts Autism Program at Pro Bowl
    The National Football League is starting an autism-friendly program at Sunday's Pro Bowl game in Orlando, Florida. The program is a partnership between the NFL and the nonprofit A-OK Autism to offer quiet rooms, stress-relief toys, and noise-canceling headphones and to train stadium personnel on needs of fans with autism.
    Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (1/23)

    Outdoor Program Helps Students with Autism
    An outdoor-based intervention program has helped some Israeli kindergarteners with autism improve their social skills. The students participated in weekly 30-minute sessions at nearby parks where they exercised on outdoor fitness equipment while having to communicate with instructors and peers. (2/16)

    Antipsychotics Frequently Part of Kids’ ADHD Treatment
    Many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are prescribed an antipsychotic, yet up to 25% of these children apparently have no other mental health diagnosis for which these medications are indicated. “We don’t know why these children and youth with ADHD are on antipsychotics, but there is a risk associated with early antipsychotic exposure, so we need to know more about why they are being used so that the benefits can be weighed against the risks,” senior investigator Paul Kurdyak, MD, PhD, of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Canada, said in a news release. The study was published online January 18 in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. And published online January 18, 2017. Full text

    CDC: Over 6 Million Physician Visits Involve Youths With ADHD
    A report in the CDC's NCHS Data Brief found that physician office visits involving children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the US totaled 6.1 million or 6% of all pediatric physician visits in 2013, compared with 4% in the previous decade. The findings also showed that 80% of child ADHD visits led to stimulant drug prescriptions and nearly 48% of visits were with pediatricians. HealthDay News (1/26)

    Students Learning Outdoors
    Students who spend time learning outdoors may show greater attentiveness and improved memory, according to a study of 2,500 students. Some schools are working to add more of these learning experiences in dedicated outdoor classrooms and in partnership with local parks.

    Study Ties ADHD to Differing Brain Structures
    Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder may have different brain structures than those without ADHD, according to a study published in the Lancet Psychiatry. The study included 3,242 people, ages 4 to 63. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/15)

    Students Build Skills at Water Fitness Class
    Mississippi special-education teacher Audrey Roby says she brings her students to an aqua Zumba class twice a week to build their physical strength and social skills. The cost of going to the off-site class is covered by sales from the students’ school-based business. Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.) (2/23)

    Middle School Creates Intervention Period
    An Indiana middle school has begun offering intervention during a special advisory period four days a week. Using the response-to-intervention model, teachers assess students every two weeks and work individually or in small groups with those in the bottom 10% of the class who are not receiving special-education services. The Herald-Tribune (Batesville, Ind.) (2/22)

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    Books by Helen Irlen

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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.”