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Irlen SyndromeIrlen Syndrome is a condition that causes a variety of distortions on the written page – letters moving, lights flashing, 3-D effects, clouds or flashes of color, letters fading, and a host of others. It also can cause headaches, eye pain, eyes that itch, burn or ache, tiredness, an inability to sustain reading, an inability to think clearly, and restlessness. The distortions and discomfort are varied and the interference with reading can be minor or significant. Research has shown that only about 10% of the population is afflicted with Irlen Syndrome, but with students who have learning disabilities, that figure can reach as high as 46%.
Peter Ducklow and Nancy Menn of Dyslexia Reading Connection® are among the few specialists in the state of Wisconsin to offer assessment using the Irlen Method to prescribe colored overlays. These overlays may help with reading problems, school difficulties, and light sensitivity that causes 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 is a technique designed to help those with 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 span.
For more information regarding the Irlen Method, go to http://www.irlen.com.
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