Teaching & Learning
Understanding Irlen Syndrome
Irlen Syndrome causes eye problems for many children because it alters the way they see things. These eye problems are based on their visual perception. The eyes are not the main source of the problem. The problems are caused by the way in which the brain interprets the visual information that is being sent through the eyes. Having Irlen Syndrome prevents many children from reading effectively and efficiently. Individuals with Irlen Syndrome perceive reading material and/or their environment differently. They must constantly make adaptations or compensate for their eye problems. Individuals are often unaware of the extra energy and effort they are putting into reading and perception.
What are the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome?
• Strain working under bright lighting
• Difficulty finding comfortable lighting
• Poor concentration• Lack of attention
• Strain working at a computer
• Glare from bright objects
• Eye strain
• Headaches from:- reading, computers, lighting, TV, supermarkets
• Poor comprehension
• Skips words or lines
• Reads slowly or hesitantly
• Loses place
• Takes frequent breaks
• Avoids reading
• Eye strain
• Accident prone
• Bumps into things
• Difficulty catching small balls
• Difficulty with number columns
• Difficult reading music
• Difficulty writing on a line
• Unequal spacing when writing
The Irlen Method
The Irlen Method uses coloured overlays and filters to improve the brain’s ability to process visual information. It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome.
The coloured overlays can improve reading fluency, comfort, comprehension, attention, and concentration while reducing light sensitivity. It is a color-based technology that filters out offensive light waves, so the brain can accurately process visual information.
Irlen Syndrome Screening in school
The screening session will last about 30-40 minutes. It determines whether your child has Irlen Syndrome and can be helped by the coloured overlays.
In this session, we can determine how severe the problem is and whether colour can help eliminate difficulties. The correct coloured overlay combination is determined at this time. Both certified Irlen Screeners and Diagnosticians can test for colored overlays.
Example of coloured overlays
If you feel your child may benefit from this screening or you would like any other information, do not hesitate to call into school to see me.