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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 30, 2014

    Helen Irlen Podcast on ADD/HD
    Helen was on an Upgraded Ape podcast with William Barron talking about ADD/HD and how those with Irlen can be misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD. The show aired on Monday after the end of Irlen Awareness Week. If you know someone who thinks they have ADD or ADHD, send them this link to learn more about this syndrome. We would like to thank William Barron for having a second show about Irlen. His support is highly appreciated.

    ISAW Awareness Week Activities
    It has been a wonderful first Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week (ISAW). So many of you have participated to make this a very successful event, which we will continue each year. Thank you for all of your hard work, initiative, and creative ways of creating awareness. The following is only a sample of some of the activities that took place during ISAW.

    Kicking Off With Coffee Klatch
    Awareness Week kicked off a day early with a radio interview of Helen Irlen on The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio on Sunday, October 19.

    CBS National News
    In the United States, CBS National News shared 8-year-old twins, Allison and Avery's, story.

    Conference in Egypt is a Success
    The following is from Rasha Anwar, Irlen Screener in Egypt, reporting on just one of the many Irlen Awareness activities she is doing: “The conference I held was a great success. The well-selected audience was so impressed with our awareness message. Great outcomes started to materialize including immediate action of a school director and owner to circulate the self-test to all students in all educational levels from elementary to high school. She could not wait a day to ask me to send her the marvelous (as per her description) video of Irlen Syndrome in Egypt to share its link on the school's digital channels. She also invited me to give a presentation inside the school and eagerly asked to give her students the chance to join the running day next Friday.
    Moreover, one of the active and enthusiastic attendants suggested we collaborate efforts and take immediate action to create a group open for joining by all willing conference attendants. The group's target would be to work collectively towards more identification and treatment of Irlen Syndrome in Egypt. I will take that brilliant step next week after finishing all events in the Awareness Week.
    During and after the conference, I received invitations from many persons in Cairo and other organizations to give presentations, whether they are schools, special needs centers, or other institutions in the field. Invitations to network are now two-way directions and not one-way as before.
    No need to mention how Helen’s recorded video added tremendously to the success of the conference.”

    Cities in Alberta, Canada Sign Proclamations
    Pictures from Signing of Irlen Awareness Proclamation in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Having the Mayor proclaim that this city was recognizing Irlen Awareness Week is a result of the hard work of Nola Stigings, Irlen Diagnostician. What a wonderful idea!

    Irlen South East and Isle of Wight
    Marie Smith, UK Irlen Director from Irlen South East and Isle of Wight, writes about a few things which they have been doing at the Irlen UK Centre in Canterbury. She writes, “It has taken many, many months of planning and organising from a great team of volunteers, all driven by raising awareness and celebrating the uniqueness and skills of those with Irlen Syndrome. We started off awareness with a picnic at the end of September (as October weather is too unreliable).

    Day 1: Announced that the Irlen Centre in Canterbury has been working on an Irlen Awareness Flashmob since the Spring and 'Star Performers Academy' are adding the final touches...adding mystery and surprise – “Are we coming to a town/city near you?" The resulting video will be posted on facebook, youtube and be shown on a loop at the exhibition.
    Day 2: Announced that The Irlen Centre in Canterbury is the focus of a "Documentary Perspective Project" to raise awareness of Irlen Syndrome for Students.
    Day 3: Announced that we have been collecting art work from Irlen Syndrome sufferers; each artist can submit up to three pieces of art work; exhibition in Summer 2015.
    Day 4: Announced that we have been collecting poems from adults and children with Irlen Syndrome; each poet can submit up to three poems for the compilation.
    Day 5: Announced that musical compilations from Irlen sufferers to be submitted; this includes spectroscopy of glasses to be translated into music so that the individuality of each person’s glasses can be heard.”

    EEG Spectrum Newsletter The following article was published in the EEG Spectrum Newsletter by the Siegfried Othmer, PhD, Chief Scientist at EEG Spectrum and, from 1987-2000, President of EEG Spectrum. We would like to thank Sue and Siegfried Othmer for their support of Irlen and Irlen Awareness Week.

    The Educational Challenge of Irlen Syndrome by Siegfried Othmer, PhD
    It is not remarkable that the entire field of education regards the challenges faced in education entirely without reference to the brain? This holds true from Arne Duncan at the Department of Education down to the local school board and even to the teacher in the classroom. It is almost as if the brain were not involved in the process. It is as if the neurosciences do not exist.
    The fact that the technique Helen Irlen developed has not been universally adopted, even after proving itself for nearly thirty years of its existence, is testimony to this blinkered perspective. Here we have the combination of a simple evaluation tool and a simple remedy that could make a huge difference in the educational success of roughly 10 percent of students, a substantial fraction of those having difficulties...

    Actress Lucy Lawless Speaks Out
    From New Zealand, actress and activist Lucy Lawless shares her family's Irlen story with the world.

    Kids Present
    Irlen kids, Shani, Oscar and Charli presented on Irlen Syndrome to all the classes at Bellair Primary school in Australia.

    Awareness in Jordan
    The word gets out in Amman, Jordan on October 22nd, during an awareness event at the I Learn learning center.

    Greece Gets in on the Action
    Irlen Screeners in Athens, Greece shared their awareness video (Nina Makri and Rita Makri) - note that it's in Greek!

    Smart Cars and Pizza
    Irlen Diagnostician, Jean Felton, fires up the Channel Islands, UK with an Irlen Smart car, pizza party, multiple presentations, free mini-screenings, and grabs local media attention!

    Colorful Displays
    Some people, like Tracy Rabago opted to get the word out about Irlen Syndrome using delicious and colorful edible displays. while others chose to make a bolder statement, like mom, Michelle Williams, who died her hair rainbow colors in support of her son, Matthew who has Irlen Syndrome.
    Others chose to make a bolder statement, like mom, Michelle Williams, who died her hair rainbow colors in support of her son, Jack, who has Irlen Syndrome. READ MICHELLE'S STORY
    There are so many more Irlen Awareness efforts to share, but we can't possibly fit them all in this newsletter. Please visit our Irlen Awareness Week Facebook Page to see and read about all the exciting things that went on during ISAW. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this awareness effort. It was truly a huge success!

    Researchers Study Use of Ultrasound Technology in Speech Therapy
    Clinicians in a multi-site research study are testing the use of ultrasound technology to help correct with persistent speech errors, such as trouble pronouncing the “r” sound. The tool allows children, who may have difficulty hearing their errors, use visual cues to learn how to position their tongue to make sounds.
    The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/20)

    It's Hard Work to Motivate Students
    The results of an experiment to use incentives to increase student effort have shown little evidence of a significant positive impact. The trial was carried out in 63 relatively deprived schools in England in the first two terms of the 2012/13 academic year (from September to March). The 7,730 students who took part were in the final year of compulsory schooling (Year 11, age 15-16). Schools were allocated to one of three groups:

  • The control group (n=33) received no incentives for student effort, but student effort was monitored in the same way as in the two treatment groups.
  • Students at schools in one treatment group (n=15) received financial rewards twice a term (every eight weeks) depending on their effort.
  • Students at schools in the other treatment group (n=15) were able to attend an event at the end of each term (at Christmas and Easter) if their effort met a certain threshold.
  • The trial aimed to test loss aversion (the idea that individuals dislike losses more than they like gains of the same value), so for example the students were told they had £80 in incentives, but money was deducted if they did not reach the threshold in four measures of effort: attendance, behavior, classwork, and homework.
    The results showed no significant improvement in attainment, for either type of incentive, in math and English standardized tests. For students with a lower level of prior attainment, there was a small but significant improvement in math scores (effect size +0.13). For the financial incentive there was a positive and statistically significant increase in classwork for English, math, and science, and a similar (but not significant) improvement with the event incentive. There was no improvement in any of the other measures of effort.
    The report is one of seven studies recently published by the Education Endowment Foundation.

    Why Some Students Get Caught in the School-to-Prison Pipeline
    Research indicates that children with emotional disabilities may be at higher risk of ending up in the juvenile justice system. This article explores some of the potential causes of this trend, including lack of access to early-childhood education and school-discipline policies that do not take into account student disabilities.
    The Hechinger Report (10/26)

    College Board to Overhaul More AP Courses
    The College Board plans to revise its 36 Advanced Placement courses. Changes include covering fewer topics in courses and emphasizing imaginative thinking over role memorization. AP biology and physics courses already have been revised. AP European History and AP Art History are scheduled to undergo changes next year.
    The Hechinger Report (10/20)

    "Cool" Kids Meet a Sticky End
    A longitudinal study published in Child Development has shown that trying to grow up too soon is a good predictor of long-term difficulties. When pseudomature behavior (such as minor delinquency or precocious romantic involvement) occurs early in adolescence, it can reflect an overemphasis on wanting to impress peers and predict long-term adjustment problems. In the study, 184 adolescents in the south-eastern United States were followed from ages 13 to 23. At age 13, pseudomature behavior was linked to an increased desire for peer popularity and led to short-term success with peers. However, long-term follow-up showed that pseudomature behavior predicted difficulties in social functioning ten years later. Those who had shown pseudomature behavior experienced declining popularity with peers and lower levels of peer competence, as rated by their peers, in early adulthood. It also predicted higher adult levels of more serious criminal behavior and alcohol and drug abuse.
    Adolescents who engaged most in pseudomature behavior were also those who valued being popular most highly. The authors say that this status-seeking link is important since it suggests that some early adolescents learn to establish connections with peers by trying to impress them with pseudomature behavior, rather than by learning to connect with them via more adaptive means.

    Research: Field Trips Play Important Role in Education
    Field trips that focus on cultural enrichment can make a positive difference in education, according to recent research. This article details the effects of such field trips, particularly those in which students were exposed to live theater. Researchers found that the trips helped introduce academic content and improve students’ social and emotional skills.
    Education Next (Winter 2015)

    Autism Research Institute Continuing Education & Webinars:
    Free Certificates of Participation are available upon passing an online quiz for most webinars. Some events offer Continuing Education Units and/or Continuing Medical Education credits.
    Oct. 29: Tech Updates - Gadgets for ASD | T Sutton, CCC-SLP REGISTER
    Nov 4: Critical Thinking Guidelines for Parents* | A Ryland REGISTER
    Nov. 18: The Importance of the Gut | K Margolis, MD REGISTER
    Dec 9: Increasing Communication* | R Fitzgerald, MEd, BCBA REGISTER
    Dec. 10: Supplements: Know the Source | V Kobliner, MS, RDN REGISTER
    Jan 21: Research: Environmental Factors | P Lein, PhD REGISTER
    Feb. 4: Prenatal Precautions | D Laake, RDH, MS, LDN REGISTER
    Feb 25: "Ask the Nutritionist" | V Kobliner, MS, RDN REGISTER
    March 11: Promoting Social Thinking | Nancy Minshew, M.D. REGISTER
    March 25: Optimistic Parenting | Mark Durand, PhD REGISTER
    April 15: Medical Comorbidities | M Shetreat-Klein, MD REGISTER

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