Irlen Syndrome

The Irlen Method Helps:

The Irlen Method provides a unique service for some children and adults identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury.  They symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but our technology focuses on one core problem: the brain's inability to process visual information.  You don't have to have a diagnosed reading or learning problem to benefit from the Irlen Method.  Even good readers and gifted students can be helped.

Gifted and Average Students with Good Reading Skills

Spend longer to complete homework.  Have physical complaints of headaches, strain, or tiredness while reading.  Does poorly on timed or standardized tests. Difficulty keeping up with reading assignments.  Finds it easier to learn from discussion than reading.  Works hard to get good grades but feels that he/she is brighter than grades indicate.  Often are considered lazy or unmotivated.  12% to `14% can be helped by the Irlen Method.

Reading Problems, Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties

Reading is difficult and they cannot use their reading skills or learn basic reading skills.  Have problems with flow, fluency, and comprehension.  46% of this group can be helped by the Irlen Method.

Attention Deficit Disorder

As many as a third of those identified as having attention deficit disorder may be mislabeled and can be helped by the Irlen Method.  Characteristics of those the Irlen Method can help include problems concentrating when reading or writing.  Distracted when under fluorescent lights.  Problems staying on task with academic work or problems starting academic tasks.

Headaches, Migraines and Other Physical Symptoms

Headaches, migraines, stomachaches, dizziness, and fatigue are a few of the physical symptoms which may be alleviated by the Irlen Method.  These symptoms can have a variety of triggers.  Those who benefit from the Irlen Method may demonstrate the following problems.  Discomfort in sunlight, bright lights, or fluorescent lights.  May prefer dim lighting.  Bothered by headlights at night.  Bothered by glare or computer use.  Experience stress or strain with sustained reading or visually intensive activities.  Difficulty looking at stripes or patterns.  Certain colors may appear bright and bothersome. Snow, rain, and hazy days can appear glary.

Light Sensitivity

Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight, and possibly lights at night.  May experience physical symptoms or have difficulty staying focused, especially with bright or fluorescent lights.

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Approximately 50% of those with Autism and Asperger Syndrome have the following types of difficulties which can be helped by the Irlen Method.  Looks in a series of short glances.  Looks away from visual targets.  Squints or looks down.  Finger flicks.  Sideways glances.  Poor eye contact.  Rubs or pushes on eyes.  Mesmerized by colors, patterns, or light.  Behavior changes in bright light or sunlight.  Poor spatial or body awareness.  Light sensitivity.  Difficulties with stairs, escalators, or catching balls.  Poor small or gross motor coordination.

Traumatic Brain Injuries, Head Injuries, Concussions and Whiplash

35% of people suffering from these conditions have the following symptoms which can be helped.  Reading problems due to a change in clarity of the print.  Sustained attention and concentration problems due to problems with ease and comfort of reading or other visual activities.  Light sensitivity causing going outside or being in bright or fluorescent lighting uncomfortable or stressful.  Headaches, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, or stomachaches caused by sunlight, bright lighting, reading or other visually intensive activities.

Psychological, Medical, and Visual Problems

Some conditions whose symptoms include light sensitivity, processing difficulties, and sensory overload and have been helped by the Irlen Method include:  low vision/visually impaired, light-induced Epilepsy, depression, anxiety, strokes, chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Fibromyalgia, viral illnesses, Tourette Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Agoraphobia.

Our Irlen Experience

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Next Steps

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Irlen Self Test

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Irlen Screening

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Irlen Diagnostics

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Schedule an Irlen Screening

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