Friday, August 26, 2011

The Irlen Method helps those with visual processing deficits

Christine Hawkins is one of the few specialists to offer assessment using the
Irlen Method to prescribe colored overlays for help with visual dyslexia,
reading problems, school difficulties, and light sensitivity causing
headaches and other physical symptoms. 

The initial assessment is made using a highly specialized system of colored
overlays that are placed over pages of text. If successful, this is usually
followed by testing to determine the exact color to be worn as glasses or
contact lenses.

The Irlen Method helps those with visual processing deficits affecting
learning and attention, also known as Irlen Syndrome. The problem lies in
how the visual information is decoded by the brain and is not the type of
problem that is identified or treated by optometrists or with prescription
glasses. People with Irlen Syndrome "see" the printed page differently from
others and may even be unaware of this. This can lead to slow and
inefficient reading, poor comprehension, fatigue, and limited attention

Many people with Irlen Syndrome report that the text on the page appears to
change and may even experience fatigue, tiredness, headaches, sore eyes or
other symptoms of strain, all of which make reading difficult.   For more
information regarding the Irlen Method, go to 

To see the effects of using a colored overlay or precision Irlen Spectral
Filters, select a coloured background to view this text.

For more information about our Irlen assessment service, please contact
Christine at

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