Reading Problems

 

 

THE IRLEN METHOD

 

A Piece of the Puzzle

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS

 

Light Sensitivity

 

Bothered by glare, sunlight, headlights

Or streetlights. Discomfort or difficulty concentrating or working under bright lights or fluorescent lights.

 

BACKGROUND ACCOMMODATION

 

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?

 

READING CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

COMPLAINTS WHILE READING

WRITING CHARACTERISTICS

 

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.

 

RESULTS

 

 

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.

 

 

 

IRLEN (IRELAND)

Mary Davies

B.A., H.D.E., Director

 

(IRLEN DIAGNOSTIC CENTRES)

Mary Davies,

Irlen Centre,

Castlefarm,

Monkstown,

Co. Cork.

Tel: 021-4841437

Email: pmdavies@iol.ie

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14 Chalet Gardens,

Lucan

Co Dublin.

Tel: 01-6280398

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25 The Dell,

Grantstown Park,

Dunmore Rd

Co Waterford.Tel: 051-301221

Mobile: 087-6177135

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