Table of Contents

  • Irlen Screeners in your area
  • About Irlen Syndrome
  • • Distortions
  • • Facts about Irlen Syndrome
  • • 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
  • Useful Links
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  • Testimonials
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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 14, 2015

    Had a Concussion or Head Injury? Don’t Miss Online Sport Brain Summit September 14-17. It's Not Too Late To Register!

    Don't miss the online Sport Brain Summit. Helen Irlen and more than a dozen experts and luminaries talk about how to protect, repair, and optimize your brain for high performance in the Sports Brain Summit. Spread the word to your friends, neighbors, and team mates. This brain summit is FREE and starts on September 14, so don't miss out! Reserve your spot today by clicking on the following link:

    New Irlen App for Android Android users, the Irlen App is here! Irlen technology for your phone and tablet. Reduce glare, eliminate eyestrain, improve clarity, and increase comfort! Get it today on Google Play.

    Irlen Autism Podcast
    Our own Helen Irlen and Sandra Tosta discuss the connection between visual sensory sensitivity for those on the spectrum and Irlen Syndrome on the podcast, “Thrive With Aspergers,” hosted by Stephen Borgman. The podcast aired 1 September and is available to view and listen online at:
    I highly recommend that you listen to this podcast, not just because I am presenting; but if you work with individuals on the Autism spectrum or with Irlen individuals who live in a distorted environment, this podcast is a must. While you are listening to the podcast, scroll down the page for the list of books, resources, and two excellent videos. These videos provide a sense of how the environment might look to someone dealing with sensory overload, making it easier for the general population to understand. Please share this link with others on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin !!!! Helen
    Irlen Syndrome can have exceptional consequences for individuals on the autism spectrum. Helen Irlen discusses the connection between visual sensory sensitivity for those on the spectrum and Irlen on this podcast hosted by Stephen Borgman:

    Irlen Success Story
    My daughter, Thalia, suffered for 16 years dealing with the effects of Irlen Syndrome until screened by Joanne Williams-Cooper in Trinidad and diagnosed by Mary Conway in Florida. On August 12, she won The Personal Triumph Award (12-17 years) at our National Youth Awards sponsored by The Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development. This was based on her being able to overcome obstacles presented by Irlen. Thanks to her Spectral Filters (which she wore at the Awards), she can now lead a normal life while managing extreme episodes; e.g., constant camera flashes (at the awards for instance). Dee-Ann Khan

    New Irlen Diagnostician-
    Robyn Ford – Melbourne, Australia. Robyn lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. She has many years of teaching experience over a wide range of curriculum areas and training in various educational fields, including learning difficulties and working in educational support. She has held many positions within schools, from managing, leading, coordinating, and training. Robyn has taught every year level from Preparatory to Year 10. For Robyn, having taught in the state sector, at some prestigious private schools and as a Foundation teacher at a new school, she has identified a concerning common thread, found in all sectors. This was, students slipping through the system with their specific needs not being identified and, therefore, not being met. It was this reason Robyn decided to open up her own centre: CREATR Assessment and Learning in Eltham. At the centre, she carries out Educational Assessments, including Auditory Progressing and Cognitive Assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses in individual areas such as reading or learning in general and Irlen screenings. Robyn will be working with Director Gloria Thomas.

    KidScholly Awards Irlen ScholarshipsJust this week, KidScholly has filled nine more scholarships covering little league baseball (thanks Irvine Pony League!), basketball, art lessons, guitar lessons, gymnastics, and testing for Irlen Syndrome. In order to receive a scholarship, the child must work to make their communities a better place. Beaches are cleaner, neighbors have new fences, horse stalls are cleaned, weeds have been pulled, and children in hospitals and elderly people with Alzheimers have been visited; but, most importantly, the scholarship recipients are finding pride, hope, and investment in their futures and their communities. KidScholly has clearly tapped into a need. Irlen is one of the supporters of KidScholly. We are proud that three children are now recipients of scholarships. Check out this nonprofit foundation created by a parent with two children wearing Irlen Spectral Filters.

    Update For Irlen Egypt
    Rasha Anwar, Irlen Egypt Director, is pleased to relate the newest developments with regard to cooperation with Maghraby Hospital. She is have a meeting with the hospital director for a final discussion regarding her presentation in the hospital’s training center that will take place during the second half of September. The targeted audience will be opticians, optometrists, resident ophthalmologists, and pediatric ophthalmologists. Two other presentations will be given on the same day with the main focus on vision impairment and rehabilitation.
    On September 13, Rasha will have another meeting with the hospital manager and the head of the pediatric ophthalmology department at Maghraby as well as the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, to discuss further cooperation channels between Maghraby and Irlen Egypt Center. She has also submitted a proposal for be a keynote speaker at the second awareness conference.

    Other Noteworthy News
    School Start Times
    According to a new CDC study, the majority of American schools begin too early in the day, leaving students groggy and grumpy. Start time for middle schools and high schools recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics is 8:30 a.m. Research shows that adolescents are better off rising later than falling asleep earlier. In 42 states, at least 75% of schools start before 8:30 a.m. The early classes make it more difficult for students to sleep the optimal 8½ hours to 9½ hours per night.
    Judge To Consider School Accommodations For Trauma
    Exposure to violence can have negative effects on cognitive development, says Susan Ko of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. A lawsuit involving a California school district contends that trauma sometimes constitutes disability, requiring schools to provide accommodations. National Public Radio (8/20)
    Astronauts’ Photos from Space Show that LEDs are Making Light Pollution Worse
    LED lights, which are brighter, whiter and more energy efficient than conventional bulbs, are gradually being phased in to replace older streetlights all over the world. Photos of Milan in Italy, taken by astronauts on the ISS, show how light pollution has increased considerably in the city over the past three years as LED lights have replaced other sources of city lights. LED lamps give off more blue and green light, which washes out the night sky and is said to disrupt daily cycles, not only disrupting human sleep but also affecting nocturnal and migratory animals. New York City is currently replacing its 250,000 streetlights with eco-friendly LED lights. The move is expected to save $6 million in energy costs and $8 million in maintenance per year. However, according to a report in the New York Times, residents of the NYC borough of Brooklyn have been complaining about the extreme brightness of the new lights.
    Policy Change Ends Modified Tests for Some Students with Disabilities 8/24/2015
    The U.S. Department of Education is reversing its rule allowing schools to administer "modified" tests to 2% of students with disabilities, giving districts one year to phase them out. Schools still may use modified standards for students with severe cognitive disabilities. Full Story: Disability Scoop
    Most Watch Autism YouTube Channel
    ARI's YouTube channel surpassed 100,000 views last month. Since launching the channel two years ago, they have offered hundreds of thousands of hours of free online information from top experts in the field of autism to parents and professionals worldwide. To subscribe and watch free lectures, see the ARI YouTube Channel.
    Someone in Desperate Need of Irlen Spectral Filters
    “I have had head eye issues since my car accident 6 yrs. ago. Have been going around in circles with doctors and getting nowhere. I am so sensitive to light and fluorescent especially. I have been to eye doctors, neurologist they just don't get it and I am so sick of suffering. It has turned my life upside down. I lose my balance, stumble, am not coordinated. I have thought this might be because of a concussion. I was more of an intelligent person, now I can't put two and two together. Lately I am getting migraines with the aura when I go into a store and my brain hurts. So tired of living this way.”
    Font Recreates Challenges Faced by Those With Dyslexia 6/9/2015
    A graphic designer has developed a font that aims to help people understand what it is like to read with dyslexia. The font aims to simulate the "emotions of reading with dyslexia to try and put across how frustrating it is to try and read something simple," designer Dan Britton says. Full Story: Tech Times

    Parent Mantra
    I cannot walk in your shoes; I cannot see thru your eyes, I cannot assume to know or understand how you experience life. Therefore,

    • I will not judge your actions
    • I will not interpret your actions based on my experience
    • I will not assume that I know or understand why you do what you do
    • I will not try to change your behavior
    • I will not teach you to be like me as this may prohibit you from using important strategies, compensatory skills, and survival techniques
    • I will try to find out the cause of the problem and eliminate the cause, not the strategies
    • I will let you use your strategies or give you more appropriate strategies as long as they serve the same purpose/function for you but never tell you what to do
    • I will respect your need for strategies
    • Your world is not my world. I will not assume that I know how you should behave, respond, or act.

    Support "100 in 100" to Train 100 New Screeners
    Donate to the nonprofit Irlen Syndrome Foundation today to support the "100 in 100 Campaign" to train 100 new Irlen Screeners in 100 days.

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    Quote of the Day
    A respected state superintendent, speaking entirely without irony to an audience of researchers, said the following: "If research confirms what I believe, it is good research. If it does not, it is bad research."

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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.”