Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Irlen Syndrome - What is it?

Irlen Syndrome is also referred to as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS). Irlen Syndrome is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests. so when you take your child to an Optometrist for a vision assessment, Irlen Syndrome won't be detected. If you have Irlen Syndrome, it can be very debilitating and affects your whole life.
Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:
  • Academic and work performance
  • Behavior
  • Attention
  • Ability to sit still
  • Concentration
Irlen Syndrome can affect you in many ways. For example:
  • Print looks different
  • Environment looks different
  • Slow or inefficient reading
  • Poor comprehension
  • Eye strain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty with math computation
  • Difficulty copying
  • Difficulty reading music
  • Poor sports performance
  • Poor depth-perception
  • Low motivation
  • Low self-esteem
So what can you do? Like myself, there are Professionals  certified in the Irlen Method and they are located worldwide. The Irlen Method consists of two testing sessions, a screening appointment with an Irlen Screener like myself and then a second appointment for Irlen Spectral Filters by an Irlen Diagnostician. There are yearly filter rechecks.

Please visit the Irlen website in Australia

 Or the internatinal website

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