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  • Irlen Screeners in your area
  • About Irlen Syndrome
  • • Distortions
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  • • 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
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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 SOctober 6, 2016

    ISAW is October 17-21, 2016. Join us in raising awareness about Irlen Syndrome.
    The third week in October is Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week (ISAW). The Irlen Syndrome Foundation joins with Irlen advocates around the world to provide support, educate the public, and advocate for recognition of the visual processing deficit, Irlen Syndrome. We need you to join us.

    Will you Turn Out the Lights on October 18th to support people with Irlen Syndrome?
    oin this worldwide event at 10am on Tuesday, October 18th, and make sure you check in on our world map at to let us know you participated!

    Will you give Irlen a shoutout on Social Media?
    Share Irlen Institute and Irlen Syndrome Foundation Facebook and Twitter posts with your own networks - we'll be sharing information, images, and videos all week long. Or, share your own story. Use #isaw2016.

    Will you give back?The Irlen Syndrome Foundation works tirelessly year-round, providing outreach and educating the public and professionals about Irlen Syndrome. They fund scientific research to help lead to recognition, treatment, services, and support for children and adults suffering from the condition. They offer a pilot school program to get Irlen Screenings and overlays into schools on a systemic level. And, they offer scholarships to increase access to Irlen services for those who can not afford them. In 2016 alone, the Irlen Syndrome Foundation raised and distributed over $25,000 to these various projects, but there is so much more to do!
    Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week gives us a chance to draw attention to this urgent cause. Your gift to the Irlen Syndrome Foundation in honor of Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week will support ISF's year-round efforts to improve lives and bring hope to people and families affected by this condition. To learn more about the Irlen Syndrome Foundation and their ongoing projects and programs, please visit:
    To donate, go to:
    Join the ISAW movement. Check out the ISAW webpage to see how else you can get involved!

    Look What's Happening in Jeddah
    Menan Ahmed, Irlen Screener, writes about her efforts to spread the word in Jeddah. “I am already setting up with schools in Jeddah to commence the screening throughout their student populations as schools start after the Eid holidays and have already partnered up with a VIP center.” What keeps Menan actively reaching out are experiences like screening a child and, with the correct colored overlay, seeing the child’s whole outlook on life change and feel the mother’s relief and appreciation. Menan says that this “truly energizes me and makes me want to reach more people.”

    Mayors Proclaim it "Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week"
    Long Beach, California: Mayor Robert Garcia
    Long Beach, California, the 36th largest city in the United States with a population of nearly half a million people, and the city where the Irlen Institute International Headquarters is located, has officially proclaimed the week of October 17 "Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week." Thank you to Mayor Garcia for your support in helping to raise awareness for this important cause.

    Baltimore, Maryland: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
    Irlen Diagnostician, Shoshana Shamberg, offers a huge thanks to her local Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the entire city of Baltimore for recognizing Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week in Baltimore, MD.

    Grand Junction, Colorado: Mayor Phyllis Norris
    It's official, October 17 - 22, 2016 has been declared Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week in Grand Junction, Colorado! Irlen Diagnostician, Jeannie Dunn, Ed.D., and her team spoke at the October City Council meeting to share with city officials about Irlen Syndrome and the activities taking place in Grand Junction during Irlen Syndrome Awareness Week.

    Look What's Happening in the United Arab Emirates
    Mona Kazim, Irlen Director and a Special Needs & Learning Support Specialist in the UAE, writes that she gave a presentation at the UAE University which was well received. One of the professors is now interested in doing collaborative research in this area. Mona is going to do her first seminar, The Effect of Light Waves on the Brain and How the Irlen Method Rectifies That, in October. We wish her the best!

    A True Irlen Ambassador - Jennifer Owen
    In Jennifer’s Own Words: After being diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome in 2012, I came across the fact that not many people know about it. It took a while for me to be brave and accept that I have Irlen Syndrome, and then I decided to do something about it. So in 2014, I started by sharing my experiences with the condition by giving a presentation to my classmates in the Skills Club. During Irlen Awareness Week, I was asked to do a presentation for a group called Coffee Morning. Since then, I have done a lot more presentations to other groups like Café Cwtch, and disability and well-being focus groups, My Little One and One Voice. I gave out the leaflets to companies. I was asked to write a piece for a company magazine about my experience with Irlen Syndrome. Some people asked me how they can get their child tested, and I refer them to my diagnostician. I started a blog, called A Whole New World Opening Up, where I write about Irlen Syndrome and issues we are facing. I have started to talk to politicians like my MP Gerald Jones and my AM Dawn Bowden. I wrote a speech about Irlen and my experiences. In October, we are planning on going to the Welsh government for Irlen Awareness Week with big hopes to change the politicians’ minds about Irlen Syndrome.
    Follow-Up Note from Helen Irlen: Jennifer Owen, Irlen client and an Irlen Ambassador, sent her MP information about Turning Out The Lights for Irlen Awareness Week. He shared the information and poster with his constituents. Great job Jennifer!

    Irlen In The Bulletproof Conference Tech Hall
    Bulletproof isn't just about coffee, it's about optimizing brain and body function, and this year's Bulletproof Biohacking Conference didn't disappoint.The Irlen Institute International offered free mini-screenings at the Bulletproof Conference in Pasadena, California, on September 23, 24 and 25, showing conference attendees just how powerful color can be when it comes to transforming brain function. This year's conference was bigger than ever, as more and more people are becoming biohackers interested in improving their performance and health. We were swamped and did around 250 mini-screenings in three days! Check out

    We Get Questions
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    QUESTION: As a kid, I used a green overlay. How do I get glasses? Help! As a kid, I was tested for dyslexia and given green color sheets, as far as I can remember; but now I am in college and I always have headaches and my eyes always hurt. I would like to get some glasses, but I want to make sure that I get the right color. Is there a testing for this? Any information you can give would be great. Thanks.
    ANSWER: The color of your overlay is not the same color you will need in glasses. You need to be tested by a certified Irlen Diagnostician. Check for the Irlen Diagnostician closest to you.

    QUESTION: Since the beginning of August, I've been experiencing a sensitivity to fluorescent light that I can only explain as feeling drunk during the day. I'm a 20 year old male, and I'm under fluorescent light for 20 hours a week at work and 12 hours a week at college. It started in August and I have never experienced since... Where do I go from here?
    ANSWER: I would recommend that you first see a medical doctor to make sure that this is not a symptom of an underlying medical condition which needs to be treated. If there is not a medical or visual reason for the symptoms you describe, I would investigate the Irlen Method and Irlen Spectral Filters. You may have been slightly sensitive to sunlight, fluorescent lights, and computer screeners; however, the hours you now spend in this environment have triggered symptoms that we typically hear about from our clients and are able to treat. You can locate an Irlen Diagnostician near you on

    What People Are Saying...

    A Note From Lucy Lawless
    Helen, you saved my son's education. He is flying academically thanks to your hard work and your screening programs. I can't Thank you enough! He is top in English and reads scholarly texts at 14 years old.

    Artists With Irlen Syndrome
    German artist, writer, and Irlen sufferer, Markus Jöhring, has a long history of documenting the visual world of Irlen Syndrome through art. Since 2005, the German Hygiene Museum Dresden has been exhibiting parts of the Irlen syndrome documentation in its permanent exhibition. In 2013, he partnered with Swiss ophthalmologist, Dr. Doris Safra, to document the distorted perception of many Irlen sufferers through a series of photographs and artistic images in an article titled, "Was sehen Irlen-Syndrom-Betroffene?"
    Is it possible that the creative masterpieces by other artists were influenced by Irlen Syndrome?

    Other Noteworthy News

    U.S. Office for Civil Rights Releases Resource Guide on Students with ADHD
    The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In addition to the guidance, the Department released a Know Your Rights document that provides a brief overview of schools' obligations to students with ADHD.

    Natural Ways to Help ADD
    There are many treatments common to all people with ADD. But to many people’s surprise there are actually 7 different types of ADD, each needing its own unique treatment. While these general treatments may be helpful, it important to pinpoint your specific type of ADD so that it can be treated.

    Researcher Sees Cats as Companions for Children With Autism
    Gretchen Carlisle, a University of Missouri Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction post-doc fellow, is seeking support to continue studying whether cats make good companions for children with autism. Carlisle says earlier research she conducted shows that children with autism who live with pets have improved social interaction scores and says cats, not dogs, may explain the results. Columbia Missourian (9/25)

    ADHD Drugs No Help With Homework
    By Lisa Rapaport, Reuters Health Information, September 28, 2016
    Medication had no significant effects on homework completion or accuracy, compared with a placebo, researchers report in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. (Reuters Health). Giving stimulants to kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may not help them complete homework or get better grades, a small study suggests. Researchers tested the effectiveness of medication against behavioral interventions in 75 children that attended a summer school program with classes each weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for eight weeks. They randomly assigned children to receive either behavioral treatment that included daily report cards for kids and coaching parents to help with homework or a long-acting stimulant. “Long-acting stimulant medications haven’t been shown to help with homework performance despite companies advertising their utility for homework time,” said lead study author Brittany Merrill, a researcher at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami.
    SOURCE: J Consult Clin Psychol 2016.

    Study Compares ADHD Medications, Interventions
    9/28/2016: Behavioral interventions may be more effective than stimulant medications at helping students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to focus on homework, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Children and Families at Florida International University in Miami. The small-scale study considered trends among 75 school-age children.
    Full Story: Reuters
    More Summaries: Center for Children and Families, stimulant, ADHD, Florida International University

    Tips for Talking to Your Child’s Teacher About Sensory Processing Issues

    By Amanda Morin in Understood []
    When your child has sensory processing issues, it’s important to talk with his teacher about how they affect him. Knowing exactly what your child struggles with allows the teacher to find ways to help him be successful in the classroom. Here are tips for explaining sensory processing issues to teachers. Be specific about how your child’s issues impact him. Sensory processing issues look different for every child. The teacher needs to know if your child is sensitive to sounds, touch or visual input. If your child is prone to sensory meltdowns, that’s important for her to know, too. It can also help to share specifics, like if he has trouble staying seated or if fire drills make him panic.

    Share strategies that work for your child. Let the teacher know about the strategies that have worked at home and in the classroom. Perhaps you have a system worked out with your child that helps him cope. Maybe you worked with last year’s teacher on strategies to help your child deal with school. Be open to the teacher’s suggestions for new strategies, too.

    Discuss his strengths and interests, too. Sharing your child’s strengths, talents and interests is as important as sharing what’s difficult for him. It can give the teacher a sense of what motivates your child and ways to connect with him. The teacher can also use the information as she thinks about strategies to help him in the classroom.

    Share information about current accommodations. Don’t assume your child’s teacher is familiar with your child’s IEP or 504 Plan, if he has one. Provide her with a copy and ask her to look over the accommodations. (Be sure to talk about equipment your child may be using, too, like overlays, colored paper, bookmarkers or headphones.). Let the teacher know you’re available to talk about how the accommodations make a difference. At the same time, make it clear that you fully expect your child to do what he can to meet school expectations, with the support he needs to do it.

    Ask how you can help. Even just asking shows the teacher that you want to be part of a team to help your child succeed in school. It can make her feel supported and let her know that you want to partner with her. It also opens lines of ongoing communication. The teacher may be more willing to reach out to you before problems get big and hard to manage. Be sure to find out the best time and method for following up with her.

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    Books By Helen Irlen

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    Review by Shoshana Shamberg on “Another amazing book by Helen Irlen, the genius behind the creation of Irlen Method, one of the most effective interventions for visual sensory processing disorders affecting reading, writing, attention, anxiety, visual processing, and daily functioning. A must-read for all occupational therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, and teachers.”

    Sports Concussion and Getting Back in the Game... of Life
    A New Book By Helen Irlen Download it today on Amazon This is a unique book in that it not only talks about the growing concern today regarding concussions in sports, but it also offers a proven solution to mitigate or even eliminate the symptoms, when concussions don’t “just go away.” It’s called the Irlen Method.