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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 5, 2018

    ISAW 2018 Shines Bright Around the World
    Thank you to everyone who participated in Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week 2018! ISAW was a huge success and made an impressive impact on communities around the world. From our worldwide Turn out the Lights event with participation from people in 44 countries to social media posts that reached over 150,000 people, Irlen information was everywhere, and we're so grateful to all of you who helped make it happen! Want to find out more about the amazing events and activities that took places around the world during ISAW? We've got all the details - CLICK TO READ!

    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.
    Please stay tuned for additional details, including the conference webpage, where you'll find information about registration, hotels, etc.

    Screener Trainings in Jordan
    Taline Najjar is a learning disability specialist and has been an Irlen diagnostician working at The Ahliyyah School for Girls for many years. She is now working as an independent Irlen Diagnostician in Amman, Jordan. She sent in pictures of the latest group of educators who she has trained. Taline is passionate about Irlen and has been a diagnostician for years. A special thank you to Taline for continuing to screen, test and train others so that children and adults in Jordan can receive the “life changing” benefits of the Irlen Method.

    Mona Kazim Educates Autism Educators
    Mona Kazim, Irlen Diagnostician in Dubai, traveled to the UK to attend the first workshop about the Sun Rise Program by Raun Kofman the author of Autism Breakthrough. While attending the workshop she found herself being an ambassador for Irlen. Raun Kofman didn't know about Irlen Syndrome and Mona explained the Irlen Method and showed him the website. They talked about how Irlen can help some children with autism. He thanked her for telling him about Irlen. Even the participants had not heard about Irlen and Mona explained the process to parents and letting them know that their autistic children could benefit from the Irlen Method. Mona found it amazing that no matter where you go people are interested in hearing about the Irlen Method.

    The Irlen Revolution Is Now Available In Arabic
    Dr. Sameera AbdulWahab, Irlen Clinic Director, Kuwait, writes the good news that she has finished doing the final proof of the Arabic language version of Irlen Revolution with the assistance of Iman AL-Sahhaf, a Kuwaiti citizen who works at UNESCO. We want to thank Iman AL-Sahhaf for the arduous task of translating the book from English to Arabic. Dar Shafaq Publishing in Kuwait obtained permission from Square One Publishing to Publish the Arabic version of "Irlen Revolution." Now the book is available and can be delivered to any country in the world, (contact number to order the book, 0096599879377 at Whatsapp only). I know that I want a copy!

    Irlen New Zealand Trust Receives $20,000
    Prue Deighton, New Zealand Screener, shared some great news! “I am fizzing with delight as I have just received an email advising that the Sir Thomas and Lady Duncan Trust have granted another $20,000 of charitable trust funding for the 2018-2019 year. This brings our Irlen New Zealand trust fund to: $238,000 with support from 3 trusts. Our 2018 - 2019 application to our other trusts will be advised at the end of October/early November. Having this funding ensures those who otherwise would have to be denied the benefits of Irlen intervention are able to be financially assisted through the Irlen process.” Prue shared with the attendees at the NZ Irlen Conference held this September how to apply for and manage charitable trust funding in the hope that others will take up the generosity of the Trusts which are so keen to support those who are experiencing Irlen Syndrome. Prue writes, “This is a worthwhile effort and one I would encourage others to attempt.”

    Irlen In Southeast Asia - Hopes, Joys, and Challenges
    Dr. Doris Ang, psychologist and the Regional l Director of Irlen Dyslexia Clinic in Singapore, has a multidisciplinary clinic for the evaluation and treatment of learning difficulties. In addition, Dr. Ang has also been involved in many initiatives regarding Irlen Syndrome and other learning disabilities in various Southeast Asian countries. Southeast Asia is one of the most diverse regions in the world - culturally, ethnically and economically. Countries within it can be markedly different from each other and Irlen Asia strategy is to spread awareness of Irlen Syndrome. Singapore is a largely conducive environment to foster understanding about Irlen Syndrome and its treatment; education is strong in its fundamentals, with English being taught as a first language for all students, and there is a greater awareness of learning difficulties such as visual perception problems and dyslexia. In Singapore there is little trouble in conducting talks and seminars, as well as providing training for educational institutes and healthcare providers. However, despite outreach to various government organizations, a palpable amount of apprehension remains regarding the validity of Irlen Syndrome and the cogency of its treatment. Dr. Ang has been interviewed for newspapers and gone on radio shows in both Singapore and Malaysia, and will continue to promote the Irlen Method when possible.

    “We face a different set of obstacles when it comes to countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Myanmar. English proficiency levels are not high in these areas, and it is harder to disseminate comprehensible information about Irlen Syndrome beyond the educated elite” writes Dr. Ang. Good headway has been made into some international schools, but more needs to be done to reach out to the larger populace. Dr. Ang's approach is to engage an English speaking audience and offer to provide training so that they may identify Irlen Syndrome and also communicate more effectively with their ethnic peers. In Myanmar for instance - with only Burmese being taught in their schools for a significant portion of their recent history - their elected point of penetration is at university level, where Dr. Ang prepares to work with the next generation in the future to come up with new initiatives that is suited to their society.

    In maritime Southeast Asia alone, 20 Irlen screeners have been trained directly by Dr. Ang and the number is expected to increase over time. Dr. Ang reports, “Our efforts so far have led to approximately 4000 patients receiving treatment for Irlen Syndrome, and we have also facilitated the emergence of other Irlen ventures in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta. An upcoming project to Kota Kinabalu at the end of 2018 to conduct screening for underperforming students will raise our profile even more, and we will continue to create opportunities for interaction and inclusion.”

    Irlen Ambassador Jennifer Owen and the Wales Council Meeting
    Irlen Ambassador Jennifer Owen and Irlen Clinic Director, Alan Penn, presented to some of the council people in Jennifer Owen’s local government in Wales. The meeting was organized by Jennifer and she talked about her journey before finding out that she had Irlen and the life changes that she has experienced with the Irlen Method. Alan Penn educated the group about the benefits of the Irlen Method. The authority was so impressed that they want them to return and present to a wider audience. Jennifer is an Irlen Ambassador and takes her role very seriously as she has managed to have various government leaders listen to her message. The authority have asked them to come back and address a wider audience about Irlen and the improvements in educational attainment and mental health/wellbeing as Irlen is a low cost effective intervention and that early intervention is essential.

    Other Noteworthy News

    Blue Blocker Glasses
    According to the experts, it is a misconception that blue-light-blocking glasses help reduce eye strain when you spend all day looking at computer and smartphone screens. The truth of the matter is that the blue light blocking glasses are the most helpful for those who struggle to sleep through the night. They should be worn at night, as they help block out the blue light that might keep you awake into the night. Blue light suppress levels of melatonin. If you suffer from repeated eye strain from staring at computers or devices all day, blue-light-blocking glasses aren't the best solution. Doctors recommend instead that you take breaks from looking at your computer (some advice 20 seconds looking away for every 20 minutes of work). Or you can be tested for Irlen Spectral Filters and be able to stay on the computer for hours without needing a break and still be able to sleep at night. Blue-light-blocking glasses are only helpful for those who stayed glued to their phone or computer in the evenings and struggle to sleep through the night.

    Dr. Dan Amen: Creating A Healthy An Happy Outlook
    “Notice what you love about your life, a lot more than what you don’t love” - Dr. Amen once did a study with psychologist Noelle Nelson on the power of appreciation. He scanned her twice: once when she was focused on what she loved about her life, and then again while she focused on what she hated about her life. The scans were radically different. The loving scan looked healthy, while the hateful scan showed decreased activity in several important areas of her brain, involving emotions and memory. Other studies too have found that focusing on negative thoughts changes the brain in a negative way. Creativity, learning, and imagination all go down with negative emotion; while focusing on positive, happy, hopeful thoughts helps both the brain and you work better. Dr. Amen suggests a simple exercise: write down 5 things you are grateful for EVERYDAY and then think on these things throughout the day.

    Tampa School Pairs Students With Special Needs With Shelters Dog Training To Be Service. Animals Kids and Canines Program at Dorothy Thomas School
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Nick and Patriot are both students at Tampa’s Dorothy Thomas School. Nick is there for behavioral issues, part of a program that caters to children with special needs. Patriot, a fluffy golden retriever, is there for the Kids and Canines program in which two-legged students like Nick help train four-legged ones for a future as a service dog. Many of the dogs are from animal shelters. If all goes well, the furry friends will be ready to assist military veterans with PTSD or a child with autism by the end of the school year. “We have two rules here that everyone has to follow,” says Kids and Canines executive director Kelly Hodges. “You have to be calm and quiet. And you have to be kind.”

    The students, many of whom had to leave other schools for being disruptive, learn compassion and empathy as well as how to groom and train the dogs, The non-profit Kids and Canines operates in a series of buildings right on campus. “I’ve had kids who say I hate school. I hate you." says Hodges. "But they love their dogs”. Nick is a senior at Dorothy Thomas School. He wants to go into the culinary industry after he graduates. But his love for Patriot and the other dogs is so great; he wants to continue volunteering at Kids and Canines. The Kids and Canines program is always in need of foster families for the dogs while they are in training. To find out more about Kids and canines:

    Studies link repeating grade to dropout rate
    Students who were held back in fourth or eighth grade were 5 percentage points more likely to drop out of school in Louisiana and 10 percentage points more likely to drop out in New York City, according to recent studies. Paco Martorell, a professor at the University of California at Davis who studied the New York City policy said, "The takeaway from this would be that, at a minimum, we should be retaining fewer middle school students." Chalkbeat

    Morning yoga prepares students for school day
    Students with special needs at an Ohio high school start each day with a half-hour yoga class to help them become calm and focused. Teachers were trained to lead students in an accessible form of the mind-body exercise program. WCPO-TV (Cincinnati)

    Animals help students learn life skills
    Intervention specialist Cory Streets has fish, rats and reptiles in the classroom to help teach life skills to students with special needs at an Ohio high school. Students learn empathy, responsibility, science and math through lessons with the animals and how to care for them, Streets says.

    Less Recreational Screen Time Tied to Better Cognition in Kids
    Children who spend less than 2 hours a day engaging in recreational screen-based activities, such as using social media on the Internet and watching television, and who get sufficient sleep and engage more in physical activities have better cognition than children who spend more time engaging in screen-based activities and who get less sleep and engage less in physical activity, new research suggests.

    Only half of participants in the study met sleep recommendations, only one third met screen time recommendations, and less than one fifth met physical activity recommendations. Only 5% of children met all three recommendations. The study was published online September 26th on Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

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