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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 November 2, 2016

    ISAW 2016 Shines a Light on Irlen Syndrome
    The third annual Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week was a huge success, drawing participation from around the world in variety of in-person and digital awareness events. Below are brief summaries from just some of the awareness events and activities that took place. Thank you to everyone who participated in helping educate others about Irlen Syndrome during ISAW. Everyone’s efforts generated a huge overall impact!

    Facebook Profile Pictures Got Brighter with the ISAW Filter: Nearly 500 people changed their Facebook profile pictures to show their support and draw attention to Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week.

    Thousands of People Turned Out the Lights! This year’s Turn Out the Lights event was a huge success with participation from thousands of locations in 103 different countries! Fantastic! Check out the final results here:

    Cornell University Released Research Results on Color and the Brain: Cornell University neuroscientists get closer to understanding the mechanisms behind why color helps Irlen Syndrome. Read about their latest research results here:

    The Irlen Syndrome Infographic was Viewed by Over 42,000 people: The Irlen Syndrome Infographic made its way into the Facebook timelines of over 42,000 people around the Internet during awareness week, encouraging thousands of people to venture to to learn more.

    Irlen Diagnosticians Took Over the Airwaves: Irlen was discussed on BBC Radio in the United Kingdom, on Radio in Egypt, and on Morning Television in Kuwait!

    Governments Made it Official: Proclamations declaring it Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week were given out by Mayors of cities in California, Kansas, Maryland, and Canada, and the governor of the state of Mississippi brought recognition of Irlen Syndrome to the entire state!

    Presentations Were Given: Presentations on Irlen Syndrome were given at premier academic institutions, in school children's classrooms, and even to goverment officials in Colorado and the Welsh Assembly in the United Kingdom. And So Much More! Check out all the amazing things that took place and see pictures from around the world...READ MORE

    The Connection Between Irlen and Headaches
    The Irlen Syndrome Foundation is educating the public about the connection between headaches and Irlen Syndrome in their new video. Did you know that headaches with no known medical causes that are triggered by bright or fluorescent lighting or visually intensive activities like reading can be a symptom of Irlen Syndrome? Watch the video to find out more: WATCH NOW

    New Irlen Diagnosticians
    Iris Xu, Christchurch, New Zealand Iris was trained at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She completed her post-grad training in behavioral optometry which specializes in children’s vision and its relation to early learning behavior. She currently practices full time at Anstice & Associates Optometrists and Vision Clinic. It is a well-established clinic that has a strong focus on children’s vision and clients who suffer learning and reading disabilities. They also assist in the vision rehabilitation of clients with traumatic brain injuries. The practice has a strong history of Irlen screening and diagnostics. Iris was introduced to Irlen screening in early 2016. She was excited to discover the missing link between the function of the binocular visual system and visual-perceptual skills while practicing Irlen screening. Iris is ethnically Chinese which made her fluent in both English and Chinese. Having lived in New Zealand for the past 15 years, she fell in love with the laid back lifestyle. Iris is a very keen skier and spends most of the winter weekends exploring the Southern Alpes. She is working with Director David Wardell.
    Nicola Boyce, Christchurch, New Zealand – Nicola is currently an optometrist working for Anstice & Associates in Christchurch. Anstice Optometrists is a specialty practice that is dedicated to helping children, particularly those with learning difficulties. Nicola has thoroughly enjoyed working as an Irlen Screener and is looking forward to being able to provide Irlen diagnostic services as well. Nicola is working with Director David Wardell.

    What People Are Saying...

    As someone suffering needlessly with undiagnosed Irlen Syndrome for the first 32 years of my life, I can honestly say getting my tints has opened up a whole new world. I no longer tire when reading, cloudy days don’t present glare issues, it’s amazing.
    – Nat

    I am so thrilled to be aware of this Syndrome. I never knew. I’m 81 at present; and when I was in elementary school, I was usually daydreaming. I would get called on and didn’t know what the question was, and now I know why. I bet my grades would have been much better way back then. What a delight to find out now. I was a successful wood sculptor (not anymore) but don’t know how I accomplished it with what the results are showing now. My gosh, I’m so thrilled!
    – Judi

    My daughter, who is 12 years old, was screened for Irlen Syndrome about a year ago. The screening showed her to have severe Irlen Syndrome. She uses the aqua tinted overlays. She still struggles with terrible headaches and fatigue while at school, doing homework, or especially on the computer. I would love to get information on where to get glasses that would be best for her. I would also like to discuss ways the school can help accommodate her. Thank you!

    I am recently back in college now that I have Irlen lenses and can read and understand what I read. It’s amazing. I wish I started this journey sooner. Now that I understand why I dropped out of school so long ago, I want to be able to help others overcome what I have. I would someday like to become an Irlen screener. Thank you.
    -- Mary

    When my son was getting ready to enter high school, he was reading at the third grade level. Over the summer, we heard about Irlen and got him tested. I will never forget the day he put them on and all the letters were still. In one year, he went from a third grade reading level to tenth grade. Doubters can say what they wish but I KNOW it works.
    -- Thomas

    Other Noteworthy News

    Study Reveals Long-Term Effects of Concussions
    The number of concussions reported among those younger than 20 increased 71% between 2010 and 2015, according to a report from Blue Cross Blue Shield. Now, researchers from Oxford and other universities have revealed that experiencing a concussion can result in long-term physical and psychological problems. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/5)
    Note From Helen: The good news is that for those who continue to have physical difficulties, headaches, migraines, emotional problems and academic decline, the Irlen Spectral Filters have been successful in eliminating and reversing these symptoms. For more information on concussions and head injuries, you can download Sports Concussions: Getting Back in the Game of Life by Helen Irlen.

    5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Focus - By Dan Amen, Amens Clinics
    The Amen Clinics use highly personalized treatments for those with low prefrontal cortex activity plus symptom clusters of ADD and depression. Amen Clinics visit our website.
    The prefrontal cortex is the most evolved part of the brain and is involved with concentration, attention span, judgment, impulse control, and critical thinking. It controls your ability to look at situations, organize your thoughts, plan what you want to so, and carry out your plans. Dan Amen’s 5 tips that will help you optimize your prefrontal cortex and learn to FOCUS:
    Nutritional Intervention. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet that is relatively high in fat to individuals with ADD. This diet has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar levels and helps both energy level and concentration. Bacon and eggs have gone by the wayside in many homes because of the lack of time. However, the breakfast of old is not such a bad idea for people with ADD and other dopamine-deficient states.
    Listen to Mozart. One controlled study found that listening to Mozart was helpful for children with ADD. Rosalie Rebollo Pratt and colleagues studied nineteen children, ages seven to seventeen, with ADD. They played recordings of Mozart for them three times a week during neuro-feedback sessions. The group that listened to Mozart reduced their theta brain-wave activity (slow brain waves that are often excessive in ADD) in exact rhythm to the underlying beat of the music, and displayed better focus and mood control, diminished impulsivity, and improved social skill. Among the subjects who improved, 70 percent maintained that improvement sic months after the end of the study without further training.
    Meditation. Meditation can help calm the anxious brain, but it also activates the PFC. Make a meditation practice part of your life. Focus on what you like a lot more than what you don’t like. The prefrontal cortex is intimately involved with focus, concentration, and attention span. What we attend to and focus on has a very significant impact on how we feel and act day to day.
    Get organized; get help when you need it. Learning organizational skills can be very helpful. Day planners and computer organizational programs can be lifesaving. It is also important to know your limitations and, when possible, surround yourself with people who can help organize you. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.

    Corporal Punishment: A Persistent Practice
    Corporal punishment has declined so rapidly in the United States in the last 15 years that many people think it’s practically nonexistent in modern American public schools. But 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in U.S. classrooms in 2013-14, and the practice is only banned by 29 of 50 states, according to an exclusive Education Week Research Center analysis.

    When Should Children Learn to Type?
    Students are learning to type at a younger age than ever before. Lori D’Andrea, a computer-technology teacher in Connecticut, says her approach to typing instruction with her kindergarten, first- and second-grade students is relaxed – particularly because children at such a young age face some physical barriers to learning how to type. READ MORE

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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.”

    Sports Concussion and Getting Back in the Game... of Life
    A New Book By Helen Irlen Download it today on Amazon This is a unique book in that it not only talks about the growing concern today regarding concussions in sports, but it also offers a proven solution to mitigate or even eliminate the symptoms, when concussions don’t “just go away.” It’s called the Irlen Method.