WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS
Bothered by glare, sunlight, headlights
Or streetlights. Discomfort or difficulty concentrating or working under bright lights or fluorescent lights.
Difficulty reading on high gloss white
The paper may be too bright. The white may glare, breathe, encroach into black, and. interfere with the ease of reading
PRINT RESOLUTION DIFFICULTY
Difficulty reading print, numbers, or musical notes because the print changes Problems
may Include print that Shifts, shakes, blurs, moves, doubles or disappears.
RESTRICTED SPAN OF RECOGNITION
Inability to read groups of letters words at the same time This results in problems tracking, correctly identifying words or with skimming and speed-reading.
SUSTAINED ATTENTION DIFFICULTY
Problems with concentration while reading or writing, May have difficulty staying on task, takes frequent breaks, becomes fidgety or tired.
POOR DEPTH PERCEPTION
Inability to accurately judge distance and spatial An individual may have difficulty with escalators, stairs, ball sports or driving.
?WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
COMPLAINTS WHILE READING
DEPTH PERCEPTION AND GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Clumsiness and poor coordination
Difficulty catching balls
Difficulty judging distances
Extreme caution while driving
TREATMENT OF SSS
The Irlen Method has gained support through extensive worldwide research and testing over the last ten years. The patented treatment method uses coloured filters, worn as glasses, to reduce or eliminate perception difficulties.
An intensive reading-based assessment determines the most beneficial filter from an almost limitless number of colour combinations.
While exact causes are not fully understood, it appears that the colour facilities processing by altering the timing of visual inputs tothe brain.
In addition to periodic re-evaluations, acomplete treatment programme may need to include remediation and other educational
interventions to correct co-existing reading problems and learning difficulties.
WHAT IS THE IRLEN METHOD?
The Irlen Method is the use of
coloured filters, worn as glasses,
to reduce or eliminate perception
difficulties. SCREENING shows
whether the individual will benefit
from colour filtering and
TINT TESTING determines which colour modifications are required.
Scotopic Sensitivity/lrlen Syndrome
(SSS) is a perceptual problem that keeps millions from reading effectively,efficiently or not at all.
It remains undetected by standard visual,undetected by standard visual, educational and medical examinations.
Individuals with SSS perceive theprinted page differently and must constantly adapt to distortions from
print or the background.
They may be viewed as under achievers with behaviour, attitude, ormotivation problems. It is a complexand variable condition, often found toco-exist with learning difficulties.
B.A., H.D.E., Director
(IRLEN DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES)
Marita Mc Geady
14 Chalet Gardens,
25 The Dell,
Co Waterford.Tel: 051-301221
5380 Village Road,
Long Beach, CA 90808
Email: I rlen_1 institute @ compuserve .com
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