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  • 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 November 29, 2018

    The Irlen International Conference will be July 17-20, 2019 at The Renaissance Manchester City Centre Hotel, England. All Irlen practitioners (both Diagnosticians and Screeners!) are welcome to join us for the entire four days! July 20th will be open to the general public.

    Our keynote speakers, Dr. Adam Anderson and Dr. Eve DeRosa from Cornell University, will share their breakthrough neuroscience expertise and findings from their fMRI study on Irlen Syndrome, and subject area experts fro around the globe will provide the latest information on key topics, including:

    • The Neuroscience of Irlen
    • ADHD
    • Irlen in the Education System
    • Irlen Syndrome and IQ
    • Autism and Sensory Processing
    • Low Vision and Visual Snow
    • Brain Injury and Concussion
    • Headaches and Migraines
    • Driving and Irlen
    • Assistive Technology
    • Business Development
    • In-depth Training
    • Case Studies
    • Round Table Discussions

    Visit the conference webpage for hotel information and booking links, venue, location, schedule, and more.

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    News From Dubai

    Mona Kazim, Irlen Diagnostician in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, writes that she is very busy with Irlen work and Irlen Awareness. She had very good meeting with some officials from the Ministry of Community Development, and gave a talk about Irlen Syndrome for professionals at one of their events. Next month she will be doing workshop about Irlen at Zayid University.

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    Buy in fives and save with the new Irlen 5-Packs, available exclusively at the Irlen Online Store. Choose from a 5-Pack of classic Irlen Overlays or a Combo Pack containing 4 overlays and 1 Irlen Cling in a matching color of your choice. Both 5-Pack options are available in single colors only, so this is a great option for those of you who already know your overlay color. Visit the Irlen Store

    Irlen Syndrome: Heather’s Transformation

    When a patient who had severe, debilitating migraine headaches told us that being diagnosed with and treated for Irlen syndrome completely cured her headaches, we wanted to help more like her. Meet Heather.

    Heather, 42, had been in 10 car accidents when she came to see us at the Amen Clinic for symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, and depression. During her history she told one of our physicians that she had trouble reading and fluorescent lights gave her headaches. Suspecting Irlen Syndrome, he sent her to the Irlen Institute for an evaluation. When we saw Heather two weeks later, she was beaming. With the Irlen lenses, her focus was better, her anxiety was reduced, and her mood had improved. Her prior brain scan had been remarkably overactive, but the Irlen lenses significantly calmed her brain.

    Heather’s Next Phase of Healing

    We were excited about Heather’s progress until a few weeks later when her physician reported she was struggling with depression. Here’s the rest of the story. When Heather was a child, she was a prodigy guitar player. Apparently, she was amazing and gave performances around the area where she lived. But she could never learn to read music because the notes would move and dance on the page. At the age of 12, she took the guitar and smashed it, and she never played again. Now, 30 years later, she finds out that she has Irlen Syndrome and is mourning the loss of what could have been. Heather did not need Prozac to deal with the depression. She needed grief therapy, which we gave her. Within a few weeks she was back to feeling great and bought herself a new guitar. If you want to read more stories like Heather’s, we recommend reading Dr. Daniel Amen’s new book, “Feel Better Fast and Make It Last.” For more information on how SPECT imaging can help provide a customized treatment plan to help heal your brain, check out Posted: November 19, 2018, Amen Clinics

    The Best Gift of the Season

    We received the following email from Lori Balbuena, Irlen Diagnostician in North Carolina. She was working with an 11 year old girl, who is in the 4th grade as she and been held back. When she read on white paper, she was pointing to each word she read and it was obvious that her eyes kept skipping down lines, reading a word and skipping down more lines. Out of ten lines perhaps fifteen words were read. When Lori laid the turquoise overlay on the paper, she leaned in, and just took off reading. It was a drastic change! Lori was crying and elated! Lori tried to talk to her, but the girl just wanted to keep reading and reading. It was so wonderful to see. Lori wrote that this was truly her most amazing experience as a diagnostician thus far. Later the little girl read for her teacher, and the teacher was totally awestruck! “I feel I have received all the gifts I need this season."
    Merry Christmas! Lori

    Reading Slower Isn't Always A Bad Thing

    Reading rate shouldn’t be the end-all-be-all when it comes to determining improvement in reading performance, especially for children with Irlen Syndrome, and here’s why…

    Good Reading Is More Than Speed
    Many people believe that faster reading means better reading, and many experts will use a measure of reading rate (or speed) to evaluate reading performance. At it’s core, this type of evaluation makes a lot of sense – better readers read faster, and poorer readers read slower. However, reading isn’t just about speed, and that’s why most comprehensive reading assessments take into account comprehension, fluency, and accuracy in addition to reading rate.

    • Comprehension: How well you understand what you read
    • Fluency: The ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression, phrasing, and intonation
    • Accuracy: Reading the words in a selection correctly


    Other Noteworthy News

    Unpleasant Surprises With Blood Pressure Drug for PTSD
    Contrary to expectations, prazosin (Minipress, Pfizer), which is used to treat high blood pressure as well as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may worsen nightmares and insomnia and does not appear to reduce suicidal thoughts, new research suggests. Dr William McCall "I was unpleasantly surprised at the result. Prazosin had been gaining substantial traction as a treatment of choice for nightmares and other PTSD-related symptoms," principal investigator William Vaughn McCall, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, told Medscape Medical News. This is the first study of prazosin in which all participants were experiencing suicidal ideation in addition to PTSD and nightmares.

    Study questions efficacy of Md. laptop initiative
    Johns Hopkins University researchers have found little improvement on student achievement following a $147 million one-to-one laptop program rolled out four years ago in Baltimore County Public Schools. The program was intended to provide technology equity to students, but academic gains are not yet noticeable, researchers said. The Baltimore Sun

    ADHD diagnosis more likely for youngest in class
    Children born in August in states with the Sept. 1 kindergarten enrollment cutoff were nearly 35% more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder than their older peers, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. "Our findings suggest the possibility that large numbers of kids are being over diagnosed and over treated for ADHD because they happen to be relatively immature compared to their older classmates in the early years of elementary school," Timothy Layton, lead author of the study, said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) National Public Radio

    Students Help Shelter DogsStudents in a life-skills class at a Kansas school made and delivered treat bags to dogs living in an animal shelter. Students read a book about shelter dogs, made toys and assembled bags for the project.
    The Emporia (Kan.) Gazette

    Program aimed at fostering student friendships
    A class of eighth-grade students at one Idaho middle school meets several times a month with students in special education to read books to them either one-on-one or in small groups. The recently started mentoring project is designed to help students in general education get to know their peers who have special needs. The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)

    Study: What are the effects of screen time?
    Children ages 9 and 10 who spent at least seven hours on screens per day had thinning of the part of the brain that controls sensory processing, and those who had more than two hours of daily screen time had lower language and thinking test scores, according to an ongoing study from the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow over 11,000 children for 10 years to see how prolonged screen time affects the brain. Tech Times CBS News

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