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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 October 2, 2018

    The Irlen International Conference in Manchester, UK


    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.

    New Irlen Diagnosticians

    Polona Kelava, Slovenia Irlen Diagnostician
    Polona is a university lecturer, researcher and a new Irlen Diagnostician in Slovenia. She has been interviewed for a popular magazine and also interviewed for TV. One Irlen Spectral Filter wearer was included in the TV interview – Mateja Liberšar. Polona has finished her first scientific article about Irlen. It is a case study on six adults who have been wearing Irlen Spectral Filters between 2 months and 2 years. There was a qualitative and quantitative part of the study. She compared the “yes” answers (indicating a problem) on the self-test before the screening and after wearing their Irlen Spectral Filters regularly. There were 79% of less “yes” answers with Irlen Spectral Filters, which is astonishing. The qualitative data (people reporting) also showed improvement in areas like less nervousness, less headaches, and better reading…) This article has been approved by the first peer-review person, and is now being blind peer-reviewed by another person. She will be translating this scientific article into English, adding some more quantitative data on some more adults and try to publish it in a peer reviewed scientific journal. Irlen Screener, Nina Čelešnik Kozamernik is probably going to do a PhD thesis on Irlen with Polona as a co-mentor. Another future screener with an Irlen child would also like to write her Master’s thesis on Irlen in cooperation with Polona.

    Neomi Lalazar, Irlen Israel Diagnostician
    Neomi recently completed her first Irlen Screener Training. The group of new Screeners will be contributing to the community by doing free screenings in Israel as part of their certification. The Screeners were excited about the new techniques they learned, and are anxious to be able to help children and adults in their community. Neomi's Irlen work has garnered local media attention. She had an article published in the local newspaper, and was also interviewed by the Israeli radio about the Irlen Method. Neomi's community outreach continues this month, as she has arranged for information about Irlen to be available all day in a café in her city. This community awareness event will allow her to meet and talk with community members to make them aware of issues that can be holding back learning, performance and achievement. We want to thank Neomi for her dedication and service to her community as she brings Irlen too many who do not have any idea that things could be better.

    Grateful Parents
    I am Melanie's Mother from Kuala Lumpur and I am pleased to inform you that Melanie has passed her SPM exam. We (including Melanie) were so very anxious as we waited for her results yesterday, since she did very poorly in her trial exam with passes in merely two subjects. Fortunately, with her Irlen lenses, she surprised us yesterday with passes in 7 out of 8 subjects! Melanie even scored B+ in English, B in Art, a C+ and in Math. Knowing that her strength is in English language, she has elected to pursue diploma in Mass Communication at our local Taylors College/University. We are so very grateful for your help which is a life changing experience for Melanie.

    Irlen Ambassador, Jennifer Owen, continues to spread awareness of Irlen Syndrome in the United Kingdom. Jennifer writes that she has been invited to give an Irlen Presentation for the Mayor and council where she lives. She has talked to the Children's Commissioner for Wales, Children Community Champion and Children services. Always aiming to raise awareness, Jennifer speaks to as many children and adults as she can about visual processing deficits and how they can be eliminated. She has presented to the young people and staff of a youth club called Georgetown Boys and Girls Club, and she continues to write her blog. Jennifer writes, “I really love to promote Irlen Syndrome in any way I can.” The Irlen Institute is proud of Jennifer for all that she is doing to help those who struggle with reading, learning, and attention problem by letting them know that they are not alone and that there is a solution.

    Southern California Irlen Family Picnic & Potluck
    Irlen Institute International Headquarters is kicking off Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week (ISAW) with a family gathering in the park. If you live in the Los Angeles vicinity, this fun afternoon is a great way to mingle with other Irlen families and kids, while we help raise awareness about Irlen Syndrome. For more information and to RSVP for this event, please visit: We hope to see you there!

    Tammy Lane, Irlen Clinic Director in San Marcos, CA, has passed away. Tammy was diagnosed with cancer in January. Tammy was a special education teacher for many years and was one of the graduate students, under Helen Irlen's supervision, counseling the college students who were in the Adult Learning Disability Program at CSULB. These were the students who were part of the initial research that led to the discovery of what is now called the Irlen Syndrome. That was almost thirty-eight years ago. Tammy was there during the discovery of Irlen Syndrome. Her excitement and commitment to the Irlen Method lead her to become a Screener and then an Irlen Diagnostician in 1992. As a Diagnostician, she saw clients from San Diego to southern Orange County. Tammy was active in promoting Irlen and being involved in running booths and doing presentations. She will be missed by her clients and the Irlen family, and especially by Helen, who was one of Tammy's best friends for 38 years. Tammy was so committed to the Irlen Method that she even saw a client the week before her passing, as he did not want to see anyone else. She died surrounded by family, neighbors, and Helen, her best friend.

    We Get Questions

    My name is Billy, and I have multiple sclerosis. My particular problem is with sensory over load, primarily vision. My symptoms are in bright sunlight without sunglasses I get fatigued and the get irritable. The same situation is true of shopping in large stores such as Walmart or Costco. Both of these stores have fluorescent and/or sodium lighting. After sunset I also come to life again. I am interested in your product to help with this sensory issue. There are at any given time 2.5 million people with MS. Not all have this affliction but the majorities do. I would like to resolve this issue, I think it’s solvable. Thank you I advance for your interest.

    You have the type of sensory issues that the Irlen Method is able to help. We have treated a number of children and adults who have multiple sclerosis along with light sensitivity to sunlight, florescent lights, glare, and headlights at night, and difficulties reading and doing other visual activities especially on computers, iPads, and white pages with black print. Thank you for the reminder that there are many individuals who have various medical conditions or taking medications that can cause Irlen symptoms of sensory overload and light sensitivity. You can inherit Irlen symptoms but you can also acquire them.

    I was referred to the Irlen Institute by my pediatrician. My daughter has been suffering for several years now from headaches and "dancing letters" when she reads. She was born with congenital cataracts, which were removed at 7 weeks of age. She had lens implants when she was 9. She is 14 and about to enter high school. She also has ADHD. She has 20/25 vision with her glasses, but they are not helping in this respect. Please, let me know if there is something that you can do for her.

    It does not make a difference the cause of Irlen symptoms; and yes, headaches and dancing letters are definitely symptoms we can eliminate. The Irlen Method helps the brain function at peak performance by filtering out the offending wavelengths of light eliminating she needs for medication, therapy or retraining the brain. It is a way to love your brain.

    ISAW 2018 Is Less Than Two Weeks Away!

    International Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week (ISAW) is October 15-19, 2018, and will be here before you know it! Make sure you check out the ISAW webpage to see how you can get involved and help spread the word about Irlen Syndrome. You can start small by joining us for the global Turn Out The Lights event on Tuesday, October 16, at 10am. If you turn out your lights, make sure you log in the World Black Out Map to let us know you participated! Consider recruiting your office or school to join you for Turn Out The Lights, think about contacting your local media to share your own Irlen story, devote your social media for the week to the topic of Irlen Syndrome, or even help your child give a presentation about Irlen Syndrome to his class. Whatever you choose to do, we want to hear about it! It takes all of us to help raise awareness of Irlen Syndrome. Find Out More

    Other Noteworthy News

    School nurses see more students with mental health issues
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children ages 6 to 17 had current anxiety or depression diagnosed by a health care provider in 2011-12. School nurses in Illinois are seeing more students with mental health problems, and they are being offered training and resources to meet the additional demand. "There's definitely a trend that we are taking care of more students with actual diagnoses, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, panic attacks, panic disorders," said Libertyville District 128 school nurse Cameron Traut. Chicago Tribune

    HELEN RESPONSE: Most school nurses, parent and school personnel including the counselors and school psychologist are unaware that mental health issues can be triggered by lighting, especially fluorescent lighting and the requirements in school to read, copy, write and use electronic devices such as computers, laptops, and iPads. The children who are going to the school nurse because they feel anxious, depressed or have panic attacks in school, maybe have Irlen Syndrome and there needs to be a counselor or teacher who is trained to do Irlen screening. The Irlen Method has helped so many children and adults with these “mental health problems” which are actually related to certain environments and activities causing the brain to become over active leading to a cascade of physical and emotional symptoms.

    Mass. Teachers Incorporate Movement In Classrooms
    Some English teachers at a Massachusetts school have introduced alternative seating and fidget devices to help students stay focused in class. Teachers have equipped their rooms with yoga balls, standing desks, bean bags, fidget items and other tools to offer "sensory venting" and incorporate movement without disturbing their classmates, educator Heather Griffin said. Milford Daily News (Mass.)

    Sensory Wall Takes Learning Into School's Hallway
    An Indiana elementary school has installed a sensory integration wall in a hallway to help students with self-regulation and socialization during wait times. The wall includes a keyboard to tap on, boards with rocks to touch and peg boards to make designs, which keeps students learning during wait times outside the classroom, says Amber Wolf, an autism coordinator who helped create the wall. The Republic (Columbus, Ind.)

    Survey: More Teens Are Using Social Media
    About 70% of teenagers say they use social media multiple times per day -- about twice as many as reported such behavior in 2012 -- according to a survey released by the nonprofit Common Sense. Teens also say social media can be distracting, with 57% saying it distracts them from doing homework and 54% saying it distracts them from paying attention to other people. USA Today

    Selective Eating Tied To Anxiety and Depression In Some Youths
    Children with selective eating behaviors were nearly twice as prone to depression, generalized anxiety or social anxiety compared with those who weren't picky eaters, according to a study in Pediatrics. Researchers said more than 20% of youth’s ages 2 to 6 are picky eaters, with most of those moderately selective eaters. HealthDay News

    Autism Blood Test on the Horizon – Medscape Psychiatry
    Metabolic signatures in the blood of some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may lead to earlier diagnosis and perhaps targeted dietary therapy, new research suggests. Investigators found that dysregulation of amino acid metabolism can be used to detect about 17% of children with ASD. There are currently no reliable diagnostic biomarkers for ASD. On the basis of prior evidence that dysregulation of branched-chain amino acids may contribute to ASD, the researchers tested whether dysregulation of amino acids was a pervasive phenomenon.

    Ways To Overcome These Sleep Stealers By The Amen Clinic
    Being sleep deprived is a bigger problem than you might think and can have a devastating impact on your health. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep each night has been associated with lower overall brain activity and can adversely affect your productivity, physical safety, and weight. Inadequate sleep not only increases your risk of developing psychiatric disorders such as ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and depression, but can also lead to serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Medications aren’t the only solution. Here are some natural strategies for how to avoid the sleep stealers in your life:

    • Don’t Take Naps. Daytime naps will make the nighttime sleep cycle disruption worse.
    • Avoid Substances. Another reason people get lower-quality sleep following alcohol is that it blocks REM sleep, which is often considered the most restorative type of sleep. With less REM sleep, you’re likely to wake up feeling groggy and unfocused. Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each day, including on weekends.
    • Create a Restful Environment. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable. Your room should not be too hot or cold. Also, keep your room as dark as possible while sleeping.

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