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  • 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
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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 26, 2013

    Dangers of Concussions in School Sports
    Experts are talking about the importance of noticing and addressing concussions, saying that even one concussion is “too many.” Parents should talk about with their children regarding whether they want to continue playing contact sports after having a concussion. It is a misconception that concussions are synonymous with a loss of consciousness. Almost 80 percent to 90 percent of concussions do not involve the person losing consciousness. Changes that may occur with a concussion are short attention and concentration, learning and reading difficulties, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and headaches and/or migraines. Pay attention as concussions can have academic impacts such that the student may now have difficulty with timed quizzes and tests, grades may drop, and the student prefers dim lighting. If you have a child who is in a contact sport such as soccer, wrestling, martial arts, football or ice hockey, please let them know that Irlen Spectral Filters have been shown to eliminate the symptoms of concussions and return academic performance.

    Highlighting Irlen UK Director Judith Bell
    For the last five years, Judith Bell has been a trainer for PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties) and a director of their Board. Next March 2014, she will deliver a session on Irlen Syndrome at the PATOSS Conference. The conference generates anything between 300/500 delegates and is a great venue for networking. She also trains throughout the year and across the country for PATOSS and cover topics such as Access Arrangements in schools and colleges, Confidence in your Assessments, and Confidence in your Interpretation of Dyslexia/Dyspraxia/ASD.

    Reading By The Colors Translated Into Japanese
    The following is the forward written by the translator, Keiko Kumagai, PhD, who is also a professor at the University of Tusukuba and an Irlen Clinic Director: “Several years ago when I went to the University of Manchester in the U.K. as a visiting research fellow from the Japanese Ministry of Education, I heard about 'Irlen Syndrome' for the first time. To learn and experience more, I visited as many schools as possible during this period. One day I went to a high school in the suburbs of Manchester and observed a teaching situation for children with LD in a resource room. At the time, Barbara Porling, who was an excellent reading specialist, taught a female student with a reading difficulty. Barbara used a cut plastic rose colored overlay of the same size as the student’s text book. Barbara told me that the female student saw letters and words on the pages that looked like they were jumping out of the page when not using the rose overlay.

    However, I didn't understand the meaning of such a thing at that time. But afterwards she told me about the office of Joan Hillary's Irlen Centre North West. It was then that I went to a lecture given by Joan about Irlen Syndrome. From that lecture, I learned for the first time about Irlen Syndrome which can be reduced by a colored overlay and colored lenses.

    After getting back to Japan, I screened many people, and met many people suffering from Irlen Syndrome. I sought to help by only using the colored overlay. I realized that the best solution would be to fit them with Irlen lenses. I then decided to obtain the qualification for fitting lenses, also known as an Irlen Diagnostician. Then I came back to Japan again, and I began to fit the lenses for each client with Irlen Syndrome. And for their aftercare, I held Irlen meetings two to three times a year. At the meetings, my Irlen staff and clients are now exchanging information with each other. These meetings allowed me to follow up on my clients’ symptoms after getting the Irlen lenses for them.

    In the book Reading by the Colors, Helen wrote about the process that she discovered which is now called the Irlen Method. When I read this book, I am very proud of Helen's struggle for finding new ideas and the difficulty to understand and provide an answer for people. I always respect Helen's continuous struggle and her greatness.

    The translation of this book had been planned for a while. However, the progress in starting the project has been a difficult one. But, at last, I can translate it into Japanese thanks to receiving the cooperation of Ms. Nanami Inaba and Mr. Masanori Ogata. I deeply appreciate Kaneko Publishing Company and the editors Mr. Kouhei Katou and Mr. Makoto Inoue. It has taken a very long time, but at last I can publish this book, thanks to everyone. I am very glad to finally be able to publish it.

    I would like to understand Helen's method and to share it with everyone receiving this book. I desire to understand the struggles of the person with Irlen Syndrome. Finally, I would like to further understand people with Irlen and the other hypersensitivities that they may have."

    NCLD Posts an Endorsement of Irlen on Their Website
    "One treatment approach involves the use of colored lenses worn in glasses or thin plastic overlays that are placed over or in front of printed text. This approach is alleged to treat a condition called “scotopic sensitivity syndrome” or Irlen Syndrome, named after the person who first described the condition and this treatment approach. It has become increasingly popular because it is inexpensive (although being evaluated and fitted for lenses or a good color match can cost hundreds of dollars), the materials are easy to come by, and the approach is generally agreed to pose “no risk” to users.

    Believers in this treatment have reported experiencing relief from eye strain and improved ability to see printed letters against a background when reading and scanning. Some have also said that when using these lenses and overlays, words no longer appear to move, dance, float, or shift on a page, and letters appear less blurry, scrunched together, pulled apart or double. Some people have also reported relief from headaches or nausea when reading.

    The Irlen website cites that “this technology can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity” and “is not a method of reading instruction.” To its credit, the site does not state that these lenses, overlays or filters provide a cure for LD or ADHD, stating that it “can be one piece of the solution puzzle” that “does not replace the need for instruction, remediation, or medical intervention.”

    Court Weighs In
    Rights of Children Misidentified Under the IDEA

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does not offer legal protections to children misidentified as having disabilities, according to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Even while noting that the arguments made by the family of an African-American student misidentified as having a learning disability were compelling – they cited that minorities are overrepresented in special education – the judges noted that the IDEA creates due process protections only for individuals with disabilities. Education Week/School Law blog (9/11)

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    Prevalence Of ADHD Medication Rises Over Past Decade
    Over the past decade, more children in the United States were prescribed medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other psychiatric disorders, according to a recent report. Researchers found the highest prevalence of ADHD medicine being given to children between ages 10 and 13. Children between 14 and 17 were more likely to be given ADHD medicine for other psychiatric disorders. (9/13)

    Low-Tech Games Teach Students How To Solve Complex Problems
    Board games are being used to teach students at Quest to Learn schools in New York and Chicago to work out math problems and learn other concepts. One game, a modified version of Settlers of Catan called "Caterpillar," teaches sixth-grade students about frequency and probability. The games, advocates say, can be used to assess learning by having students write strategies to help classmates win. blog (9/13)

    School Districts Are Spending Less Per Student
    States are allocating less money for per-student spending now than in 2010, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The cuts have affected special education, with spending for students with disabilities declining 11%. According to the report, some of the decline can be attributed to across-the-board federal spending cuts enacted earlier this year. Disability Scoop (9/16)

    Fitness Can Boost Students’ Academic Achievement
    Students who are more physically fit may have an easier time learning in “challenging situations,” according to a study. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers found that students in better physical condition were better able to remember certain concepts without intermittent testing than were their less-fit peers. As a result, Charles Hillman, who co-authored the study, is pressing for students to spend “at least an hour a day” engaged in vigorous physical activity. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Well blog (9/18)