||IRLEN..... a piece of the puzzle|
Ninon Klease is one of the few specialists
certified to diagnose and prescribe the tinted lenses (Irlen Spectral
Filters) used in the Irlen Method to help with visual dyslexia, reading
problems, school difficulties and light sensitivity, which can cause
headaches and other physical symptoms.
Ninon has a background in
Education, having taught for 25 years, 10 years of that as a Learning
Support Teacher. She has also worked as an Irlen Consultant for 25 years.
Ninon is based at her Gold Coast clinic but travels to Toowoomba on a
regular basis to see clients from all over the Darling Downs and the far
What is IRLEN
In IRLEN SYNDROME (also known as Scotopic
Sensitivity Syndrome) there is a problem in the way visual information is
processed by the brain. It is not a visual problem and cannot be
identified or treated by optometrists with prescription glasses. People
with Irlen Syndrome see the page differently from others and may not even
be aware of this. Many people with Irlen Syndrome report that the text
appears to change as they are reading. They may also experience fatigue,
tiredness, headaches, sore eyes and other symptoms of strain, all of which
make reading and concentration difficult. This can lead to slow and
inefficient reading, poor comprehension, and limited attention span. This
can affect not only reading and writing but maths as well. It can also
affect behaviour and their perception of the environment. Scotopic
Sensitivity is a disability recognised by Naplan Special Provisions and
Queensland Core Skills Special Provision Handbook.
my child be assessed?
The initial assessment is carried out
by professionally trained and certified Irlen screeners
(see below for a list of screeners in your area). Initial assessment is made
using a highly specialized system of coloured overlays that are placed over the text.
If this proves helpful, it is then followed by more detailed testing to determine the
exact colour of the lenses to be worn in the tinted glasses or contact
lenses. This testing is done by the Irlen diagnostician
who carries out a very detailed diagnostic assessment. This is necessary
to determine the most beneficial filter colour from an almost limitless
number of colour combinations. The correct colour filters out offending
wavelengths of light and allows the brain to accurately receive and
process visual information.
How common is IRLEN
Approximately 50% of children with reading
problems, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia or various learning disabilities may suffer
from Irlen syndrome. These children may be seen as underachievers with
behavioural, attitudinal or motivational problems. They may appear bright
but seem "not to be trying hard enough".
There are also many
adults who have Irlen Syndrome.
Click here to see some clients' descriptions of the
difference the Irlen Lens has made to their lives.
For further information and results of scientific research,
visit the suggested websites or contact us.
Helen IrlenReading by the Colors(1991)Penguin Putnam/Perigee Publishers
IrlenThe Irlen Revolution
Square One Publishers. N.Y.
BOOKS available from Gold Coast Irlen
Copyright © 1998-2006 by Perceptual Development Corp/Helen
Irlen translated by Ninon Klease. All rights reserved.
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