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  • About Irlen Syndrome
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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

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  • • Updates and Research
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  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
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  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
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  • • Scientific Research for Irlen
  • • Scientific Reasoning
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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 May 9, 2016

    Seeing the World Through a Different Lens
    Check out this great, easily accessible, article on Irlen Syndrome and the Irlen Method that just came out in The Edvocate!

    Seeing the World Through a Different Lens (The Edvocate)
    "Max was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in first grade. He was placed in special education classes with an IEP and a private reading tutor, but nothing seemed to help him focus and stay on task. By fifth grade, Max was only reading at a second-grade level and feeling discouraged and defeated by his disability.
    After years of struggling, Max and his parents visited an Irlen diagnostician, and the real issue was identified"...CONTINUE READING
    The Edvocate was created in 2014 to argue for shifts in education policy and organization in order to enhance the quality of education and the opportunities for learning afforded to America’s students. It has been recently considered a top influencer in K-12 education. This is a great article to share with the educators in your contact list.

    100 Optometrists in Bangalore
    Tehnaz Ragi, Irlen Diagnostician - Hong Kong, Macau, India, was invited to make a presentation on the Vision, Visual Perceptual & Learning at the Sankara Eye Hospital & Optometry College in Bangalore, India, 4 April 2016. This was thanks to arrangements made by Mrs. Mini Dwivedi Gopinathan, Director of School Services for the PlayStreet Specially Abled Educare Trust, Bangalore, India. Tehnaz is currently running the Irlen PASS training at their preschool called KidStreet.
    Around 100 optometry students, faculty, and staff attended the session: 80 including optometry students and 5 faculty members from the Sankara Optometry College and 20 including optometry students and 2 faculty from the Vasan Institute of Ophthalmology and Research (VIOR).
    Tehnaz writes, “We had a wonderful fun session over 3 hours, with the main presentation including visual-perceptual stress experiences, a pop quiz on vision and VPS trivia, a behaviours checklist interactive discussion as well as a mini-version of my ongoing research into VPS in individuals diagnosed with autism. Both colleges stated an interest in taking this further to possibly all their nationwide campuses and clinics. I am both excited and grateful and so looking forward to it!”

    Irlen Activities in Kuwait
    Dr. Sameera AbdulWahab, Irlen Screener and soon to become an Irlen Diagnostician in Kuwait, has shared some of the activities she has done to create awareness about Irlen Syndrome in a foreign private school. On 24 March she gave a lecture for middle school teachers at Cambridge School in Hawally, Kuwait, and surprised the student Ali Abdulaziz by choosing him as an Irlen Ambassador. Ali talked and explained to teachers his experience of suffering before wearing and using Irlen colored lenses, his low academic performance, his low self-esteem, and how his whole life changed for the better after using Irlen Spectral Filters. On 9 April, she gave a lecture to a group of parents at Alzahra Social Center in order to help individuals who suffer from this syndrome to achieve in their lives, guiding them to the right treatment.
    Dr.Sameera AbdulWahab had the opportunity to give a lecture about Irlen Syndrome to the Ministry of Education. The audience was composed of educators from all districts of Kuwait and from different schools (psychologists, schools' managers, teachers of various subjects). Two ladies shared their story of having a child with Irlen Syndrome; explaining to the audience how they suffered a lot with teachers' reaction and all the strategies that been used were useless before their kids were diagnosed and treated for Irlen Syndrome. One of the ladies, who has been living in Kuwait for the past 8 years, talked about herself and her son having Irlen Syndrome and what they have been through for the past 27 years (his age now). Both of them are wearing different colored Irlen Spectral Filters. Her son is now studying for a Master degree in international business. Dr. Sameera Abdulwahab will be trained as an Irlen Diagnostician in the near future.

    Never Stop Spreading the Word
    Mona Kazim, Irlen Diagnostician in UAE, was asked by the Ministry of Education to present a presentation about strategies for behavior modification of students with ADHD. She presented three cases for which she used the Irlen method with and how it helped them. The impact was great, especially since it was the first ADHD conference in Dubai, and Mona received very positive feedback.
    Mona’s interview on MBC TV had a great impact on spreading the awareness about Irlen Method not only in UAE but also in the Gulf countries of Lebanon and Algeria. In addition, Mona tinted someone in Qatar, and she has three more cases who are interested in being diagnosed and they may come to her in Dubai.

    Irlen Research in Qatar
    Manal Bakarman is a certified Irlen Screener in Saudi Arabia who is working on becoming an Irlen Diagnostician. Both Manal and her son have Irlen syndrome. She is presenting her Master degree research entitled “The effect of coloured background on reading in individuals with visual stress-Irlen Syndrome” in Qatar for an educational conference sponsored by the Ministry of Education.

    What People Are Saying...
    Irlen Can Be Inherited
    “Hello, my name is Rebecca; and I was tested and diagnosed by the Irlen Institute about 20 years ago when I was around 10 years old. I now have a daughter who is 6 years old and displaying many of the same symptoms and problems I had as a child. How would I go about getting her tested with you to see if she has the same disorder? She is currently in kindergarten and having academic issues.”

    Irlen Helps
    “The boy is on an IEP for speech and language difficulties and receives extra reading support during his school day. Words swirl on the page, and he gets headaches and sometimes stomachaches when reading. When the fluorescent lights are on in school, he is moving in his chair in less than one minute, begins rubbing his eyes, and has great difficulty sustaining visual focus. When we found his colors, he was so excited! He hugged me over and over and said numerous times "THANK YOU!!! for helping me.” He started to leave and came back and gave me another hug. His mother reported that his reading scores and fluency have dramatically improved in the three weeks that he has been using Irlen overlays.”
    Jeannie Dunn, Irlen Diagnostician

    The School Thought It Was ADHD
    “My son’s school kept saying that [my son had ADHD] when I got him tested [for Irlen], he has dyslexia which acts just like ADHD. I introduced colored overlays to his chartered school I put him in because public school was a joke for him! And it worked! Best choice I could have ever made in my life for him!”

    I Never Knew Seeing in 2D Was Wrong
    “I have Irlen Syndrome. I wear specially tinted glasses to help me concentrate because my brain struggles to process the colour red. I have been seeing in 2D all my life and never knew there was anything wrong! I went through many years of struggling with concentration, perception problems and migraines. I was finally diagnosed in December last year and can honestly say my life has changed. My lenses came in at a cost of 280 quid; had it not been for funding from work, I wouldn't have been able to afford my lenses. There is currently a UK government petition to have lenses made available on the NHS. Get it signed; together we could change people's lives. It has changed mine.”

    You're Never Too Old
    “I have Irlen Syndrome and so do my adult children. I recently decided to be tested by a diagnostician and get my Irlen Spectral filtered lenses. This has made a world of difference for me. I was skimming over words when reading and had completely stopped reading books for pleasure because I couldn't focus on the words. I have prescription glasses, but they didn't help enough to keep me reading. Now, I am able to read with my Irlen Spectral Filters. In the past I always kept my classroom dark because I couldn't function in the bright fluorescent lights, but now (with my Irlen Spectral Filters) I am comfortable in rooms with fluorescent lighting.
    Melanie, Reading Specialist

    Q & A: The Irlen Concussion Connection
    Question: I have tutored an adult male for 1½ years using the Barton Reading System. He is reading multi-syllable words. He was an NFL player and played defensive end for several years. We did the short Irlen test, and it looks like he may have Irlen Syndrome. My guess is he also has auditory processing and short term memory issues. My question is have you seen individuals with the LD/dyslexia/concussion and Irlen Syndrome overlap. He is doing tests to determine if he has damage from any concussions.

    We have now tested and helped over 440 adults who have suffered a head injury such as a concussion…some from blast injuries serving in the armed forces and others from playing sports or auto accidents. It doesn’t seem to make a difference how the individual received the concussion but rather what symptoms have remained. See my book Sports Concussions and Getting Back into..the Game of Life on Amazon. Those who have residual symptoms including light sensitivity, headaches, migraines, nausea, dizziness, and difficulties with reading and other academic areas are excellent candidates for the Irlen Method. Irlen Spectral Filters eliminate physical symptoms triggered by lighting, glare, headlights, and computer screens/tablets/iPhones while restoring reading, copying, and other skills.

    Other Noteworthy News

    Expert: Few Studies Support Current School-Based ADHD Therapies 4/4/2016
    Increasingly popular exercise- and game-based therapies for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have little research to support their use in schools, ADHD researcher Jeffrey Halperin said in this interview. The therapies won't harm students, but they often come with high financial and time costs. Full Story: The Hechinger Report More Summaries: ADHD, ADHD

    Many U.S. Preschoolers With ADHD Are Taking Medication 4/3/2015
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 6 receive behavioral therapy for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but a CDC report found that 46.6% of preschoolers with ADHD were given medications alone or with behavioral therapy in the past week. About 53% of children with ADHD got behavioral treatment in the past year, while 21.4% received neither therapy. The findings appear in The Journal of Pediatrics.
    Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model),
    More Summaries:
    ADHD, AAP, CDC, The Journal of Pediatrics

    It's Time to Ditch Toxic BPA!
    All families deserve access to safe and healthy food, free of toxic chemicals. A new report showed that 67% of nearly 200 cans tested had Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical linked to learning and attention problems, breast and prostate cancer, infertility, type-2 diabetes, obesity, and asthma. BPA can disrupt brain development, even at low levels of exposure. BPA is linked to learning, attention, and behavior challenges. Studies have shown BPA can migrate out of cans, get into the food our families eat, and make its way into our bodies. It is not enough to just get BPA out. We need companies to replace toxic BPA with a proven, safer alternative; and that means sharing their safety data on chemical replacements.

    Efficacy and Safety of Amphetamines in ADHD
    Published in Medscape
    A team of investigators from the University of Alberta, Canada, have used standard Cochrane methodology to evaluate the safety and efficacy of amphetamines for ADHD in children and adolescents.[1] They included 23 trials with 2675 children aged 3-17 years, comparing amphetamines with placebo. Study durations ranged from 14 days to 365 days, with the majority lasting less than 6 months. The researchers found that many of the trials were of poor quality, and while amphetamines did seem efficacious at reducing the core symptoms of ADHD in the short term, they were associated with a greater number of adverse events, such as decreased appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, and anxiety. They found no evidence that supported any one specific amphetamine derivative over another, and the review did not reveal any differences between long-acting and short-acting amphetamine formulations.

    FDA Seeks to Ban Certain Electrical Stimulation Devices
    Medscape Medical News
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a ban on electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior. The FDA says the devices "present an unreasonable and substantial risk to public health that cannot be corrected or eliminated through changes to the labeling." ESDs give electrical shocks via electrodes attached to the skin of individuals for the purpose of conditioning them to stop self-injurious or aggressive behavior. "The medical literature shows that ESDs present risks of a number of psychological harms including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, fear, panic, substitution of other negative behaviors, worsening of underlying symptoms, and learned helplessness (becoming unable or unwilling to respond in any way to the ESD); and the devices present the physical risks of pain, skin burns, and tissue damage," according to the FDA's proposed rule.

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