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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 September 11, 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

    New Irlen Diagnosticians
    Aurora, Illinois, USA
    Pamela Krasinski is a school psychologist with 25 years of experience working with a wide range of age groups and ability levels. She became an Irlen Screener in June 2013. Since that time, she has incorporated Irlen screenings into her diagnostic battery for students she works with in the public school setting, as well as in her private practice. As an Irlen Diagnostician, she hopes to train fellow educators as Irlen Screeners and continue to help students throughout Illinois. Pam resides in Aurora with her husband, two daughters, two guinea pigs, and one horse.

    Gurnee, Illinois, USA
    Julie Yepsen has worked in the field of education since 1984. She has her M.A. in Reading with a Supervisory Endorsement. She was an educator for deaf and hard of hearing students, teaching initially in Missouri and then in Illinois. After becoming a stay-at-home mom for several years, she returned to teaching as a reading specialist. Following successful experimentation using Irlen overlays for her students needing reading intervention, Julie pursued becoming an Irlen Screener in 2011. She returned to set up a school-wide system to implement the Irlen Method. Two years after her Irlen training, she resigned her teaching position to concentrate full time on broadening awareness of the Irlen Method in Illinois. Her 14-year-old son has been wearing Irlen Filters for three years. Julie continues to gain insight from his experiences which allows her to better serve clients. Julie’s own Irlen Filters will be arriving shortly.

    Actor, Paddy Considine, Shares His Irlen Story
    In 2011, Considine was told he had Asperger’s, a diagnosis that made a lot of sense to him. He had felt hypersensitive for a while, often convinced that his wife and three children were somehow in danger. He’d wake up in the morning and want to go straight back to sleep or hide under a table when there was a knock on his front door. Then, last year, a specialist told him that he may in fact have Irlen Syndrome, a difficulty processing light that also has links with autism. Part of the treatment for Irlen is to wear tinted glasses or contact lenses, which Considine recalibrates every 10 months. Where before he struggled to maintain eye contact, now he finds himself considerably more at ease in social situations and on set. Read More

    fMRI Reveals Brain Characteristics Associated With Dyslexia
    Readers with dyslexia have decreased connectivity in areas of the brain that process visual data and govern attention, suggesting a reduced capacity to focus on printed text, while connectivity in areas associated with phonology was normal, shedding light on the tendency to sound out words rather than transition to visual word recognition. The study, which appeared in the journal Biological Psychiatry, used functional MRI to look at brain connectivity in 75 children and 104 adults, comparing those with and without dyslexia. (8/28)
    From comparing the results of children and adults with dyslexia to those without the condition, researchers found that dyslexic readers’ decreased connectivity in some areas and increased connectivity in others was consistent with many shared characteristics of those with the disability. "Compared to typical readers, dyslexic readers had weaker connections between areas that process visual information and areas that control attention, suggesting that individuals with dyslexia are less able to focus on printed words," explained Ph.D. student Emily Finn, one of the researchers involved in the study, in a recent press release.
    Results also revealed that the connectivity to brain regions related to phonology in dyslexic readers remained intact. This may explain why so many of those with the disability continue to “sound out words” well into adulthood and never master automatic visual-based strategies for word recognition, the press release explained.

    ADHD Not A Learning Disability?
    A novel approach to evaluating the neural processes of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reveals that, contrary to convention, the condition does not necessarily represent a learning impairment as much as it does a decision-making impairment. “Individuals with ADHD cannot be characterized by an impaired learning rate per se, in contrast to what has been suggested by theoretical models,” the authors, led by Tobias U. Hauser, PhD, University College London’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, write. “Rather, they show a less fine-grained decision process and explore more frequently.” The study was published online August 20 in JAMA Psychiatry.

    Virginia District Adopts Comprehensive Concussion Policy
    A Virginia school district has adopted policies for all students -- not just student athletes -- regarding concussions. The policy includes "return to play" and "return to learn" procedures. All Virginia schools must have concussion policies in place for student athletes.
    Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (8/17)

    Zero-Tolerance Policies Fall Out of Favor in Some Districts
    A number of school districts nationwide are shifting away from zero-tolerance policies in light of evidence that such policies may be ineffective and discriminatory. Some districts instead have adopted restorative-justice programs, where the focus is on interventions rather than automatic referrals to school administrators.
    District Administration magazine online (9/9)

    Study: Aerobic Exercise Improves Children's Attention, Mood
    Among children at risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, aerobic exercises before the beginning of the school day led to greater improvements in attention and mood than sedentary classroom activities, U.S. researchers found. Aerobic physical activity also benefited typically developing children, according to the study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
    The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/8)

    Physically Fit Young Girls are Less Vulnerable to Depression
    Greater levels of physical fitness among girls in sixth grade were associated with reduced odds of having depression in seventh grade, according to a study of more than 400 students from North Texas. Having a history of depressive symptoms was the strongest predictor for depression in girls. The findings were presented at the American Psychological Association meeting.
    HealthDay News (8/7)

    Irlen Hero
    “I was diagnosed with Irlen syndrome when I was 7. The symptoms I was suffering affected not only my reading and learning, but also my sociability. I couldn't stand being outside or in brightly lit places for long, for fear of migraines. And my skewed depth perception caused endless problems when I tried to play with the other kids; I couldn't even catch a ball to save my life. Beyond all this though, describing the strange things I saw when I looked at a page in a book, my frustrations at everything I was suffering, and my inability to properly explain any of it, all of this eventually led to me being misdiagnosed as having ADD and bipolar disorder and was quickly put on very high doses of Ritalin, Maxalt, and Imipramine. I was even institutionalized for six months. All of this at the age of 6. I got my first pair of glasses while I was in the institution, but they did me little to no good as they only addressed my astigmatisms. Shortly thereafter, my special ed teacher at the elementary school I was enrolled in spoke to my mother about Irlen Syndrome. Her husband had been diagnosed and wore the filters. So we headed to the nearest diagnostician and had me checked out. My original color was a sort of reddish brown. Even through the nearly constant drug-induced fog that the psychiatrists had me in, I remember holding up that big stack of colored lenses being held together by giant yellow chip clips. If you can imagine going around your entire life with your fist clenched as tight as possible, and not being aware of it. And then one day, someone comes by and not only points out that your fist has been clenched all this time, but they also help you unclench it. Imagine the relief of letting those muscles relax after all of those years. That's what my eyes felt like when I looked through those lenses for the first time. I got my Irlen filters, I got out of the institution, and after three years my mom threw away the drugs the doctors insisted that I needed to function as a healthy contributing member of society (despite the fact that they turned me into a brain-dead zombie for the majority of the day). I was reexamined by another psychiatrist, who declared that I did not, in fact, have ADD or Bipolar disorder, and that I had spent three years of my early life needlessly consuming the highest legal doses of three mind-altering prescription drugs. I'll be 31 in October. I still wear my Irlen filters, though my color has changed. It's now a dark smokey purple (much cooler looking). I cannot read average sized or smaller print without them. I'm still very light sensitive, more so when I'm not wearing them. And I still get Migraines, but only vary rarely. The last major one I can recall was about three years ago when my glasses were broken and I had to go a few days without them. No snotty, opinionated, stuck up doctor can tell me that Irlen syndrome is not real, or that the Irlen lenses don't work.” - Anthoni

    Jennifer Owen: posted on The Irlen Institute's Facebook Timeline
    "This is my poem There was a dark cloud That was affecting my life No matter how I had tried nothing would remove the cloud. Until about two years ago I found out what it was It’s is Irlen syndrome.
    I thought I was stupid or a freak. Because it hard for me understand What I have Irlen syndrome mean I thought was on my own
    It’s really held me back from learning things It’s affected my self- esteem and my confidence.
    Until I found out other people have it. It makes me feel better about having it Now I have my Irlen spectral filters this year. They have turned my life around. Now I am living my life without discomfort
    I don’t think I am stupid or a freak any more.
    I am blessed to have the Irlen method in my life. They have changed my life forever now."
    - Jennifer Owen

    Irlen Quote of the Day: Kathy Thomas Hartzler commented on The Irlen Institute's photo
    Kathy Thomas Hartzler commented on The Irlen Institute's photo. Kathy wrote: "I asked my 9 year old, Sarah Kate, if this picture was similar to what she sees without her Irlen Lenses. She said ‘Yes, without my Irlen Lenses, it's like some of the puzzle pieces are missing’."

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