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  • Irlen Screeners in your area
  • About Irlen Syndrome
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  • • Self Test
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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries & Concussions

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  • • Updates and Research
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  • • Irlen Information for Professionals
  • • Irlen Student Information
  • • How to help your Irlen Student
  • Scientific Studies
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  • • Scientific Research for Irlen
  • • Scientific Reasoning
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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 6, 2014

    OCTOBER 20-24
    To raise awareness about Irlen Syndrome, October 20-24, 2014, is Irlen Awareness Week to increase proper diagnosis and treatment around the world. As a part of this global awareness week effort, there will educational and informational webinars and seminars around the world as well as opportunities for free pre-screenings for Irlen Syndrome. There is a global Turn Out the Lights initiative on Tuesday, October 21, at 10 a.m. local time where we hope people will turn out their fluorescent lights at home, at school, and at work for one minute to show their support for people suffering with Irlen Syndrome. For more information about Irlen Syndrome or Irlen Awareness Week or to make a donation, you can visit

    Awareness Week Partners and Supporters
    Aurora, Illinois, USA
    We are so excited to announce that the following individuals and groups have partnered with the Irlen Institute to promote Irlen Awareness Week: Dr. Daniel Amen will be posting information on his Facebook page which has 129,569 likes. Sue Othmer of EEG Neurofeedback and Alex Doman of Advanced Brain Technologies, which has created Listening Programs for those with auditory processing difficulties, will be disseminating information to their groups. Steve Edelson, head of and ARI e-newsletter, will post information on their Facebook page with 10,000 likes. Irlen wants to thank these individuals for spreading the word through their large media networks and live supporters.

    The Infinite Hero Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, and Bulletproof have also joined us as partners in promoting awareness of the Irlen Method. The Semper Fi Fund, the nonprofit organization that has been funding Irlen Spectral Filters and testing for our Marines and Navy servicemen and women, is doing a story on the Irlen Method which will be published on their website. We brought some of our military men and presented at the Infinite Hero Foundation's Veterans Innovation Summit - Investing & Technology (VISIT) to share the Irlen Method with some of the largest innovators and investors in technology (Intel, Google, Microsoft, etc.), key military support personnel, and high level media (Forbes Magazine, WIRED, etc.).

    Irlen is Bulletproof! The World of Biohacking
    What a fantastic three days we just had at the Bulletproof Conference in Pasadena, California (September 26-28). If you don't know about Bulletproof, you should. Bulletproof is the brainchild of Dave Asprey, a mastermind in utilizing the latest techniques to optimize the potential of both body and mind. This year's conference was a thrilling three days, filled with world-renowned keynote speakers and the latest and greatest technologies and techniques to optimize human mental and physical performance. Helen spoke to the audience full of inspired biohackers on Friday, September 26, to share how Irlen Spectral Filters can eliminate unwanted stress and strain on the brain and allow for optimized brain function and performance. She also filmed another podcast for Bulletproof to be aired at a later date. On top of that, they had a film crew to get interviews with speakers. They will be using some excerpts for television and/or Dave Asprey's upcoming mold documentary.
    34 other human performance luminaries took the stage over the course of the weekend, including:

    Conference attendees were from all over the world, including Sweden, South Africa, France, and England. We loved spending the weekend with all of these exceptionally brilliant and talented individuals and enjoyed offering over free mini-screenings for Irlen Syndrome in honor of our upcoming Irlen Awareness Week!


    Celebrities Help Raise Awareness for Irlen
    We are more than excited and appreciative that various celebrities are joining us for Irlen Awareness Week. Lucy Lawless, a New Zealand actress, activist, and musician best known for playing the title character in the internationally successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess, and Paddy Considine, an English actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician whose extensive film career includes roles in the Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, are doing videos of themselves talking about Irlen for Irlen Awareness Week and using their other large media networks to spread the Irlen word to their fans.

    Irlen on Coffee Klatch
    Helen has recorded an interview on The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Talk Radio Program. The Coffee Klatch is a show on Blog Talk Radio, bringing parents world renowned experts, physicians, psychiatrists, activists, and special education law advisors, along with experienced parent advocates, to educate, support, and inspire the special needs parents on their journey. Currently, The Coffee Klatch has 53,000 Twitter followers. This will help Irlen reach this large audience of special need parents for International Irlen Awareness Week! I would like to thank Angela Eaton, a parent of two Irlen children, for providing this opportunity. We have a wonderful community of parents!

    Irlen on CBS News
    Helen was filmed this week for a CBS News broadcast which will air in California. However, it can be picked up and aired by any other CBS affiliate stations maybe one in your location.

    Ideas to Promote Irlen Awareness Week
    We hope that you plan to join us in this grassroots effort to spread the word about Irlen Syndrome across the globe! You are doing so many wonderful things to promote Irlen during Irlen Awareness Week. The following is what Julie Yepsen, a very new Irlen Diagnostician in Illinois, is doing. Tell us what you are doing to share with others.

    "For Irlen Awareness Week, three mothers have planned a special exhibit at each of the five schools in my former school district. They will set up tables with cupcakes for the teachers that have a rainbow of colors for the icing, flyers for the teachers, strips of overlay colors, display boards, etc. I'm helping with the baking for that project.

    Additionally, I'll be having a gathering for all my clients who have overlays or filters during Irlen Awareness Week. We will meet in a food court at a local mall. I'm mailing out flyers for invitations and am including a paper for clients to fill out and bring with them to the event. The paper they'll bring will say "My overlays/Irlen Spectral Filters help me _____________________." We'll have display boards, wear the bracelets, etc.

    My other plan for Irlen Awareness Week is to do a mass email flyer to the principals in my area. The concept of the mailing will be a notification of when Irlen Awareness Week will be held with the question, "Are You Aware?" Then the flyer will link to the Irlen website with a bit of information included."

    Big Plans in Egypt for Irlen Awareness Week
    Rasha Anwar, Irlen Screener in Egypt, has five wonderful, exciting, and big events planned for Irlen Awareness:

    Day 1: She will hold a local conference under the auspices of a governmental official to gain momentum. The location will be in one of the prestigious places in Cairo inside the campus of the Opera House. A diversified audience will be invited to attend the conference from the fields of education, children, health, disabilities, special education, and child psychology and psychiatry. Invitations will be sent to officials in governmental and nongovernmental institutions, international organizations working in Egypt, embassies, national and international schools, and universities.

    Day 2: Schools will participate from turning out lights to presentations and some other activities. A list of schools, whether international, national, private or public schools, are invited to participate.

    Day 3: Presentation and activities will be run by the biggest and oldest charity NGO specializing in supporting kids with challenges and learning difficulties.

    Day 4: A colorful carnival in the Nile is planned to take place on Day 4. Rowing boats will go in one line with the Irlen Syndrome logo pined on the back of the rowers and hanging on the boats. Also, a big poster will be hung on the mainsail of a sailboat.

    Day 5: On Day 5, a quarter marathon is organized with the cooperation of the biggest and oldest running group in Egypt. It will be accompanied with bicycling activity. The trip will be ended at the pyramids plateau where banners will hang and the ending ceremony of the week will take place.

    Overseas Clinic Directors Visit the Institute
    We are so pleased that Keiko Kumagai, Irlen Clinic Director in Japan, and Australian Irlen Clinic Directors Tony Franklin and Maria De Ionna, spent three days at the Irlen Institute. They were able to participate in testing and screening sessions of many clients with a variety of different problems during the three days. They all agreed that it was a marvelous learning experience that helped them fine-tune their skills and learn new techniques. We extend an invitation to all Irlen Directors and Diagnosticians to visit the Irlen Institute to participate in screening sessions and testing for Irlen Spectral Filters.

    New Irlen Diagnostician
    Salisbury Downs, South Australia, Australia -
    Emily Healy is a qualified Primary Education Teacher. She has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia. She became so excited about this discovery that she then investigated her own needs and found that she had Irlen Syndrome too, and "what a difference it has made to the whole family since we all got our Irlen lenses." Emily continues to work as a teacher and is also tutoring children and adults with learning difficulties. She has a desire to educate people of the effects of visual processing and provide solutions in Adelaide and rural South Australia. Emily will be working as an Irlen Diagnostician in the Dyslexia Clinic in Adelaide with Tony Franklin and Maria De Ionna, Regional Directors.

    Fritz Steiner and Hanspeter Michel, Irlen Diagnosticians in Switzerland, have an awesome task when training screeners. People in Switzerland speak many different languages. The screener training courses and manuals must be in Italian, English, German, and French. The last screener training course was a multi-linguistic event with English for two people, German for three, and French for six individuals.

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    Technology May Remove Barriers for Dyslexic Students
    Preliminary research shows that reading on a smartphone or tablet may benefit students with dyslexia, in part because there are fewer words on the page. Researcher and astrophysicist Matthew Schneps, who also has dyslexia, conducted a study of 100 students with the condition. PBS (9/11)

    Comment from Helen Irlen: And they say that dyslexia is only an auditory processing problem! Great study which shows that visual processing is part of the dyslexia puzzle and how the Irlen Method works rather than reducing the amount of print one sees.

    Exercise During Recess Linked to Higher Reading and Math Scores
    Researchers in Finland found that children who participated in physical activity during recess performed better in reading, and those who participated in organized sports had better math tests than less physically active peers. The effect of exercise on reading skills was more pronounced among boys, according to the study in the journal PLoS One. HealthDay News (9/11)

    Quote of the Day
    "My son, who is an Irlen lens wearer, saw a USC neuro-ophthalmologist the other day for a related issue. Here's a direct quote from him: 'You're in good hands with the Irlen Institute.' I was so happy to hear a mainstream ophthalmologist say that."

    Other Irlen Quotes
    "If coloured lenses can potentially stop the world seeming fragmented and put an end to nightmare distortions, then the learner with autism who shows signs of visual stress deserves to be screened." ― Adele Devine, Colour Coding for Learners with Autism: A Practical Resource Book

    "Teachers should be made aware of visual stress symptoms and the potential difference coloured lights, overlays and lenses could make to a learners perception." ― Adele Devine, Colour Coding for Learners with Autism: A Practical Resource Book

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