A Description Of What It Can Be Like Having Irlen Syndrome

Article in Cape Cod Times by
Cynthia McCormick, July 2008
Irlen Legislation
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House Bill 508: To identify pupils wth light based reading difficulties
WHAT IS IRLEN SYNDROME?

Irlen Syndrome (IS) is a perceptual problem that prevents an estimated 10-12% of the population from being able to learn, read or study efficiently. Until now, it has baffled educators and the scientific community because it remains undetected by standard educational, visual and medical tests. Individuals with IS perceive the printed page and sometimes their environment differently. They must constantly make adaptations or compensate. Individuals may be unaware of the extra energy and effort they are putting into reading and perceiving. Symptoms include light sensitivity, inefficient reading, slow reading rate, attention deficit, strain or fatigue, or poor depth perception.

The patented Irlen Intervention Method uses precision tinted filters, worn as glasses (or colored overlays placed over reading material) to reduce or eliminate perception difficulties and light sensitivity. An intensive diagnostic assessment determines the web filter color. Since 1983, the Irlen Method has gained increasing support as a result of worldwide research and testing. Results include improved reading accuracy, better comprehension, increased reading speed, reduced strain and fatigue, improved academic performance, improved self-esteem, better sports performance and more effective study time.

Irlen screener & mom is excited by her “magic glasses”

The Verdict is in. Irlen Rocks.

I have been doing Irlen Screenings for 2-3 years now, and seeing amazing results with my students and myself while using carefully selected colored overlays. Urging several of them on to visit with an Irlen Diagnostician in order to be fitted for Irlen Spectral Filters (what we generically call Irlen lenses or colored glasses), It took me this long to get them myself. Why? Well, it’s an investment. I have been through a move, a pregnancy, mothering an infant, and a minor surgery. Hormonal changes? Yea, that’s an understatement. So, I have given my body some time to settle down so that we could ensure that we chose the right color. Now, I am excited to tell you about my new (to borrow a phrase from the Luthy family – http://www.wizardrabbitpublishing.com/) Magic Glasses.

Why did I want to try these things? Here is the short list of my symptoms: pages blur as I read, words line up and form “rivers” moving down the page, I see colors on blank walls, in the air, and kind of an “aura” around almost everything that I look at, I have a hard time focusing on anything that I am doing or looking at, I am all but blinded while driving at night, especially in the rain. Everything moves or sparkles (fun? yea, for a little while or if I’m bored with a speaker). Most importantly, I end most of my days in utter and complete fatigue and frustration. I wake up at 5:00 am (6:00 at the latest) every morning and literally crash by 8:00 pm. Yea, for those of you counting, that’s 9-10 hours of sleep every night. And for those of you with children, you know as well as I do that’s enough “awake” time for a working mother of three to get ‘er done. I snap at my kids. I give up on tasks I can’t seem to complete. My husband comes home from 10-12 hour work days and helps me catch up on simple chores. I have migraines. Frequent nagging headaches, and pretty regular excruciating, put me to bed ones. Again, the mother’s understand that sometimes you can’t just go to bed because you have to keep moving. That’s the short list.

So, on Thursday, they came. The glasses. Finally. A very short wait of about 12 days. Felt like an eternity. So here are the things that I have done and some of the reactions I have received since then that probably seem like no big deal to some of you, but are pretty major to me:

I went to Wal-mart. Twice. Without melting down. Normally, it takes me 30 minutes to find the 2-3 things I came for in that place. I was in and out in less than 10 minutes (not counting the excruciatingly long time it took to check out on one of those visits).

I went to Target, with my toddler. Easy. My preferred store, anyway, but usually get a little buggy if I take one of the kids.

I did a full week’s grocery shopping, with my toddler, and only forgot one thing. Again, without melting down.

I went to Ci Ci’s Pizza with eight people. On Friday night. Normally, the mere thought of that place on a normal day is enough to make me want to go hide under a rock. Well, I had a nice relaxing meal and even had the balloon guy visit our table. And I didn’t feel like pinballs were bouncing around all over the inside of my head and the rest of my body.

I went to Opry Mills mall (very recently re-opened) on Easter Weekend to take, again, my toddler to see the Easter Bunny at Bass-pro. We had a great time with the bunny, and even wandered the mall for an hour or so and had lunch in the food court. I didn’t pull my hair out or go crazy trying to keep her contained/close enough that I would lose her in what normally feels like complete chaos.

I’m staring at this computer screen and typing this story for you without having to take breaks and without losing my place.

I read an entire article in the newspaper this morning and can actually remember what I read. I can stay up and read a book as long as I want to.

I’ve only taken headache medicine once since Thursday – that’s progress – we’ll report more on that later, too soon for that. Those of you with migraines, you know what I mean. But, progress is progress.

Night driving – better – it’s not painful. Haven’t had enough of that yet to give a full report – extra daylight this time of year.

And the two most life altering changes, the ones I most hoped for:

I don’t think I’ve snapped at my children once since Thursday (I’m sure they would argue that point). My twelve year old, in fact, ENSURES that I always have my glasses on and if he gets a cute little smart mouth (always joking, of course), all I have to is threaten to remove my glasses and he is right back in line. That’s a fun one. “Don’t speak to me without your glasses on” is his new favorite phrase.

I can stay up and actually have a conversation with my husband after the children are in bed. The fatigue is gone – yes, I’m still exhausted (did you catch the working mother of three part??), but it’s different. It’s the kind of tired you are supposed to feel, not the I just kept moving until you got here so I could fall down kind of tired.

An explanation of Irlen Syndrome by Helen Irlen

as a guest presenter on a South American radio program titled “Color Lumenaries’ RadioBlog – March 31, 2012

I want to thank Luminaries for the opportunity to speak to you today and for selecting me for the 2012 COLOR ANGEL Award presented by the Aura House School of Color Therapy.

Today I will be talking to you about the method that I created over 30 years ago using colored plastic sheets or overlays to correct visual reading problems and visual dyslexia and my unique colored glasses called Irlen Spectral Filters. I will explain why they work, who they can help, how you can tell if you or a loved one needs them, and what you can do to change your environment at home.

We all know the power of color. I want to talk about how wearing color as glasses or contact lenses, a color that is especially chosen especially for your brain, can change your life. Thirty years ago I started doing research on correcting reading problems using colored overlays and lenses. Now there are millions of adults and children who are documenting the powerful ways in which wearing color can change lives.

There is an important concept which you need to know. Did you know that that it is not your eye that processes visual information? There is a whole visual system beyond the eye. The eye is just the receiver which transmits visual information to the brain. Vision trumps all other senses. Over 70% of the information we receive is visual which enters the eye and must be correctly interpreted by the brain. We actually see what our brain wants us to see.

However, there can be a mismatch between what the brain tells us we are seeing and what we actually should be seeing. Sometimes perception doesn’t match the physical reality of the world.

Think about optical illusions: how the picture looks like it is moving, changing, pulsating, colors appear, etc. Somehow the interpretation of what we are seeing is wrong. The picture isn’t changing. The optical illusion isn’t really moving, pulsating, swirling, flickering, or flashing. It was created in such a fashion as to trick the brain into seeing things that aren’t there or seeing things differently.

When we put black print on a white page, we didn’t think that it would become an optical illusion. We never expected that objects in our environment, such as curbs and escalators, would become optical illusions. However, for some individuals the world around them or even the printed page becomes an optical illusion. When this happens, you experience difficulties in school reading, copying, doing math calculations, getting good grades, and you may be bright but not able to perform as well as you expected on tests. As a result, you may feel as if you are dumb, stupid, lazy, or even bad because you cannot live up to the expectations of parents and teachers. The distortions can be so bad that you are mislabeled as LD, ADD/HD, and/or dyslexic. The distortions can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, eye strain or pain, nausea, dizziness, stomachaches, sleepiness, fidgety, and even fatigue or anxiety.

What does all of this have to do with color? Here is the important concept to remember. All visual information, as it goes from the eye to the brain, is translated in wavelengths of light which are just colors traveling at different speeds. If you take white light and put it through a prism, you see all of the colors of the rainbow. That is because light is composed of all the colors of the rainbow. The brain is basically being bombarded every nanosecond with wavelengths of light or colors which it has to process and integrate back into the pictures, objects, words, and numbers that we see.

When perception is wrong or distorted, it is because your brain is having difficulty processing certain of the colors (wavelengths of light). What can happen?

When reading, writing, copying or doing math, you may not be seeing things as they should be. You might be trying to read words or numbers; and, without realizing what is happening, words are getting blurry, going in and out of focus, pulsating on the page, swirling, disappearing, and reappearing. What you do know is that you lose your place, misread, and have problems tracking from line to line. You are working so hard at seeing the words that you have to reread for comprehension. If you are trying to do math, it is hard to keep numbers in the correct column, and you make what look like careless errors. The Irlen Method, using colored plastic sheets called overlays or colored glasses, can eliminate these problems.

Do you get sleepy when you read and think that reading is supposed to put you to sleep?
Do you get headaches if you push your reading but think that everyone gets headaches if they read long enough?

The Irlen Method, using colored plastic sheets called overlays or colored glasses, can eliminate these problems too. With the use of color, some children, if they have this type of visual processing problem, may no longer struggle learning how to read. Even children and adults who have good reading skills may be paying a price needlessly and need color. Wouldn’t you like to be able to read without getting a headache or feeling tired or sleepy? Wouldn’t you like to be able to read without taking breaks or having to reread for comprehension? Think about Irlen Method and color.

Did you wear sunglasses? What happens when you stay outside in the bright sun too long without your sunglasses? Does it bother your eyes or head? Do you get tired, sleepy, and anxious? Did you know that you are experiencing these same physical symptoms with bright lights, fluorescent lights, glare, or lights at night? Not a trigger…slower build and not as aware of the stress and discomfort. The brightness of the white page, whiteboards, and computer screens cause the same physical symptoms as sunlight. Wearing color can eliminate these problems and many more.

The Irlen Method has the key to eliminating these difficulties. We have the diagnostic tools to determine which color or wavelengths of light your brain is having difficulty processing. We filter out just the colors which are creating a problem and just the amount needed. We create a color for your brain, which is worn as glasses or contact lenses, to remove all of the problems we have been talking about.

Are you bothered by light and find you feel calmer and more comfortable in dim lighting? Lighting is a chronic stressor. We all know that chronic stress is bad for the immune system. However, we think of chronic stress as children, work, divorce, death, taking care of aging parents, and having teenagers. However, lighting itself can be a chronic stress for some people and also affect your immune system. You may come home from work exhausted and think it is your job, BUT it may just be the lighting. How wonderful to wear Irlen Colored Filters to protect your brain and your immune system so that you are no longer tired when you come home from work.

I have just touched on how wearing color can help so many people with so many different problems including autism, depth perception, driving, and anxiety.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Dim lighting will not hurt your eyes…as whispering will not hurt your ears. So let your child read in dim light if s/he wants, but this also indicates s/he should be tested for Irlen.
Indirect natural lighting is the best in which to read and work. Fluorescent lighting is the worst.
Visors and brimmed hats worn not just outside but also inside. Color of the underside of the brim should be dark black, brown, or green. Absorb light and not reflect it into your eyes.
Try changing the background color on your computer…go to www.irlen.com to try colors.
Use same colored paper for writing.
Ask yourself, ask your children:
At some point when you read, does the page look different?
At some point when you read, do you feel strain, tired, get headaches, etc.
Some people can read for hours. Nothing changes, and it is always comfortable no matter how long they read. They are not luckier – they do not have Irlen Syndrome.
Irlen Syndrome is inherited. So if you have any of these problems, it is not your fault; you can blame either or both of your parents. And, you may have passed this on to your children. If you relate to any of the symptoms I have mentioned, check your children to see if they do as well. Children rarely report headaches or other physical symptoms, and they don’t know how a page is supposed to look. Ask questions.
Self-Tests for Headaches, reading problems, autism, and light sensitivity are available on www.irlen.com.

Be aware that if you are light sensitive and wear sunglasses, there may be a whole array of other areas in which you are paying a price — all of which can be helped by wearing the right color or using the right color that has been prescribed for your brain. As everyone’s brain is different, everyone needs their own unique and different color. Take the Irlen Self-Test (available on www.irlen.com) to see all of the different areas that can be helped.

For more information, let me suggest you go to www.irlen.com and read my books Reading by the Colors and The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and your Life. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

IF you have questions, just send me an email via our website www.irlen.com.

New Way to Use Brain Scans Help ID Autism

Spotting autism’s shape in the brain
Updated: Friday, 02 Sep 2011, 10:01 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 02 Sep 2011, 7:01 PM EDT
William Hudson

(CNN) – Diagnosing autism is not easy. Doctors currently diagnose autism in children by observing behavior. But researchers at Standford University believe they have developed a way to use brains scans that may help identify autism in children in the future.

Using MRI scans, researchers were able to determine that autistic brains have a unique shape when compared to typically developing brains.

They found that there are significant differences in areas of the brain called the Default Mode Network, a set of brain structures associated with social communication and self-awareness.

A study published Friday in Biological Psychiatry finds that the greater the difference in brain structure, the more severe the case of autism.

Researchers applied new algorithms to analyze the brain scan data and found they are highly accurate– correctly distinguishing between autism and non-autism about 90% of the time, according to the study.

What algorithms lack is the ability to identify autism in a real-world setting, where a patient may fall anywhere along the autism spectrum, or have other conditions as well, like Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“We haven’t investigated what’s called positive prediction value, which is: If I’m tested positive with this kind of diagnosis, do I have the disorder? Whereas what we’ve done is: If I have the disorder, do I test positive?” says Vinod Menon, Ph.D., who led the research. “And they’re completely different questions.”

Other researchers, like Christine Ecker, Ph.D., at King’s College London, are working on how to move from confirming diagnosis, as Menon describes, to being able to assist with diagnosing cases of autism, with the help of MRI’s and algorithms.

Ecker says algorithms have to learn how to distinguish between autism and non-autism, and the more samples of each brain type are available, the better algorithms can become at figuring out which is which.

Brain-imaging studies typically have small sample sizes. In the study published Friday, researchers used just 24 high-functioning children with autism and 24 typically developing children.

One reason for the small sample size is cost. Brain imaging is expensive. Also, low-functioning autistic children usually cannot lie still in the scanner, which is essential, and many can’t tolerate the noise, which further limits the available sample size, says Ecker.

Another difficulty: All the data used in a study has to come from the same scanner model or MRI.

“It’s just a matter of getting the data,” says Ecker, whose clinic now collects about 2 brain scans a week in hopes of conducting research with a larger sample size.

“We’re going to make a prediction based on the brain images and those then will be compared to the clinician’s gold standard evaluation, and hopefully it validates. That would be a main step forward to using those techniques in a clinical setting.”

The scanning technology could eventually be especially useful in diagnosing toddlers, and lead to better treatments in the future, says study author Dr. Antonio Hardan, who also treats patients with autism.

This is the first study of its kind in which an algorithm predicted autism in brain scans of children aged 8 to 18, using data to map out the Default Mode Network.

Autism spectrum disorder now affects about 1 in 110 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

I Just Watched a 60 Minutes Broadcast Showing Ben Foss’s Intel Reader for Dyslexics Like Him

Ben Foss
Director of Access Technology Intel Digital Health Group

Ben Foss is Director of Access Technology at the Intel Digital Health Group where he leads a team of industrial designers, mechanical engineers and software architects to develop mobile computing systems for people with disabilities. His group focuses on improving communication and access to information for all, including those who are dyslexic like him.

The idea for the Intel Reader, a mobile device designed to increase independence for people who have trouble reading standard print, first started with Ben. After being identified with dyslexia in elementary school, Ben had to rely on others to read to him or struggle through the slow process of getting words off a page throughout high school, college, and graduate school. Necessity is motivating, Ben says, “but frustration is the real mother of invention.” His innovative ideas and technological know-how led to the creation and launch of the Intel Reader, Intel Digital Health’s first consumer product.

Ben’s efforts in the dyslexia space have extended beyond industry as well: in 2003, he founded Headstrong, a California public benefit non-profit corporation, with the mission of forming a dyslexic community and encouraging learning disabled people to join the disability rights movement. The non- profit’s first film, Headstrong: Inside the Hidden World of Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder, was recently broadcast across the U.S. on public television stations.

Previously, Ben served in the White House National Economic Council during the Clinton administration. Ben holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, an M.S. in Moral Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh where he was a Marshal Scholar, and a J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is married to Dr. Alexis Filippini and lives in San Francisco, California.

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Human Factor: A bridge from dyslexia

In the Human Factor,  we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle – injury, illness or other hardship – they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed. This week Ben Foss shares how his own disability led him to invent a device that helps others who share his condition.

People like to say that I have overcome dyslexia.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

What I have overcome is the mainstream world. A person in a wheelchair overcomes stairs with a ramp. In the same way, I have overcome people who think dyslexia equals lazy.

This experience is why I am now the executive director of Disability Rights Advocates, a national legal center that tries to get people to do what they should have done in the first place, i.e., include people with disabilities in the mainstream.

Eighteen veterans a day commit suicide. We are fighting to make sure that the Department of Veterans Affairs provides the services vets with disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury deserve. In New York, they are about to replace all the cabs in the city with vans, but they have not picked one with a ramp built-in.

Wheelchair users can use 100% of the cabs in London, but less than 2% of those in NYC. That is wrong. For 17 years DRA has been fighting for equal access to work and school for all.

I made it through a JD/MBA at Stanford but it was because I have integrated my disability, dyslexia, not because I overcame it. I think of it like my nationality; I am from dyslexia. ADHD is our Canada and dyscalculia is our Mexico. Indeed, there are 30 million people with the same disability I have in the U.S.

If we join the disability rights movement with the people in chairs and with canes who fought to get the workplace and schools open to us, there is little we cannot do.

The real mother of invention is frustration. In college, I used to fax my term papers home to my mom to get help finding my own spelling mistakes. It was a bad situation for me and for my mom. When I got to graduate school, it took three weeks for me to get my textbooks converted to digital text so I could have a computer read them aloud with a Stephen Hawking voice.

That led me to invent the Intel Reader. For me it is a ramp into a book. Independent research suggests that kids with dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities  can improve their reading comprehension test scores by up to 23% when using the Intel Reader. These days GE and Intel are selling the product through a joint company called Care Innovations.

The most important thing any person who is dyslexic can do is be seen. Tell your story with all its warts and better still with some good one-liners.

We are everywhere. If you work with 500 people, at least 50 are from dyslexia. But if we do not stand up and talk about it, the kids coming up behind us will believe they are broken. They are not. Together we can overcome, or better yet fix, the world around us.

Editor’s note: The text below was the raw version of this blog. To blog, I write my thoughts, then put it into a speech engine and proof it three or four times myself. I then hand it to an editor to assure the written language is clean. The key here is I have command of literacy, metaphor and vocabulary, but not the code of the written language. I am publishing this to show people the work behind the curtain. Yep, still from dyslexia.

 

Mom Describes Amazing Vision Improvement With Irlen Correction

Mom Describes Amazing Vision Improvement with Irlen

Posted on June 14th, 2011 by KathyJohnson

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Hi Kathy,
Just wanted to give you a little update about A.  We went yesterday to Ottawa and met with Adele Francis.  She’s the Irlen diagnostician you found for us.  Oh my gosh….I couldn’t believe it.  When she finally found the right combination of tints, it was like someone had flipped a switch.  He at one point turned to me and said “mom, did you hear how fast I was reading?”.  I will admit, tears welled up in my eyes.  She said she hadn’t seen a child show such a significant difference before and after trying tints like A.  My husband and I are finding the weight on our hearts getting lighter and it is so inspiring to have hope for him.  I can’t thank you enough for what you are doing for us and for A. His teachers at school have been wonderful and are working hard to meet the new accommodations he needs.   Thanks again!!
CM

 

Irish Study of Children in Special Reading Class Found That Half Had Correctable Irlen Syndrome and 41 % Had Migraines (possible Corrected By Resolving Irlen Syndrome)

By Fiona de Buitléir

According to Professor Helen Irlen, who identified this phenomenon in 1983, Scotopic Sensitivity and Visual Stress affect five per cent of the mainstream population and over 40 per cent of the learning disabled population, (chiefly dyslexic and autistic spectrum disorders).

Irlen Syndrome involves a cluster of visual perceptual difficulties, which means that sufferers experience high levels of visual “noise” when looking at (in particular) black & white pages.

This abnormal light sensitivity leads to print distortions/text instability, slow reading rate, attention deficits and poor depth of perception. It is a sensory, rather than an optical, issue – vision appears normal.

My research into the incidence of Irlen Syndrome, was carried out in two Irish schools, a large mainstream primary school, Ennis National School (NS), Co. Clare and a specialist school for students with severe dyslexia, St Killian’s NS ,Cork revealed that visual perceptual difficulties are indeed present in Irish schools, essentially to the same extent as in other western societies.

The individual screening process confirmed that 63 children (17.5 per cent) at Ennis NS had significant symptoms. In the Reading Class, incidence was 50 per cent. A Family History Survey conducted at the time of the research also revealed: left-handedness (58 per cent) migraine (41 per cent) allergies (33 per cent) and travel sickness (29 per cent).

However, the most significant finding to emerge from the survey was the problem posed by whiteboards. Over 50 per cent of children complained about the whiteboard and many more cited it as a problem when asked specifically. The glare from the board made it difficult for many students to look at for long and for some to look at it at all.

Many reported that they found it difficult to actually see what was on the board and had to guess. The white background was “dazzling” Some pupils said it gave them an instant headache and nausea. This lead to what appeared to be irritability and restlessness, but was essentially extreme physical discomfort.

Fiona de Buitléir heads the Senior Reading Class Ennis NS, Co. Clare Ireland.

You can also read an extended version of this story here on the Eduvac website. Visual Perceptual Difficulties: Extended Version by Fiona de Buitleir.

Struggling To Read: The Irlen Method May Be The Answer

This is a testimonial posted by a teacher on the Internet

Struggling To Read: The Irlen Method May Be The Solution

I consider myself the luckiest person in the world. I love my job. Teaching since 1963, I thought I “knew at all.” However, two years ago, because of one little girl who was NOT learning, I discovered the missing piece of the puzzle, the Irlen Method. What a blessing!

This problem can manifest itself with different symptoms in different students; and many students are being misdiagnosed with dyslexia, AD/HD, or reading problems. Problems appear when reading black numbers or words on white paper. At first I thought that this only affected children who couldn’t learn to read, but now I know that it can also prevent students from using their reading skills to learn. The problem is called Irlen Syndrome, is inherited, and causes letter, words, numbers, and even musical notes to be difficult to see because they may become fuzzy, unstable, move, or disappear. Problems may not happen when the student first starts to read; but the longer the student reads, the more difficult it becomes…slower, more errors, choppy, missing words, or problems tracking. Some students experience headaches, eye strain, and stomachaches but think it is normal and don’t tell you. When you notice that your child is struggling, ask what the page looks like and if their eyes, head, or stomach bother them. I found out that even young children can tell you what is happening if you ask them.

This is not a visual problem and cannot be corrected with normal eye glasses. The brain is having a problem correctly processing what is seen. This type of processing problem can affect not just reading and math, but all academic areas and even depth perception and sports performance. The only way to correct the problem is with the Irlen Method which uses colored overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters customized for each individual’s unique brain. To find an Irlen Tester near you and for more information, visit www.irlen.com or see Reading by the Colors and The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life by Helen Irlen. You may be surprised at what you find out.

 

Please read this typical success story of a young man who received his Irlen spectral filters

“Kevin, age 16, is in regular class public school, a struggling C-D student. He reports that text in columns moves, one marching up the page and the next one marching downward like ants in columns. Also, lines mesh together and, when writing, lines are crooked. Words are blurry, he daydreams, and is easily distracted.”

His father writes after Kevin received his Irlen Spectral Filters: “Kevin’s first day at school with his lenses was nothing short of phenomenal. He said he followed everything his teacher said while using the whiteboard, his math class and problems were easy – that’s a first. He said he could actually follow the algebra problem without losing it. Kevin actually enjoys reading now – he read for almost two hours yesterday – yet another first. It also appears he is in a better mood. I told him this morning that this is going to change his life. His attitude toward school is better, resulting in more learning, resulting in better grades, resulting in a more empowered future. I can’t express enough how lucky I feel that my family and I have discovered Irlen. This is one of the most significant moments in my life.” Jim Adams

Mom is happy that her daughters stomach upset after school ended after receiving her Irlen tinted lenses

Date: Sun, December 12, 2010 12:55 pm

Hi Directors,
I know that we all have a huge stash of client testimonials which give us
warm fuzzies. However, this one just came to me and it has an interesting
background but more important to me is the positive news about the school’s
interest, which sorry to say is not too common in Canada. Perhaps this
message will be of use to those seeking school support.

Background: From Saskatchewan, I used to travel to Kelowna British Columbia
to do screening and tinting. In Bonnie Williams’ school (the first Canadian
school to screen all students and help provide overlays and glasses), Laura
Kerpel was a teacher. After several trips, we were able to persuade Laura to
be tested and get Irlen glasses. Later, I trained Laura as a Screener and
she moved to Ontario where we spend our vacations.

This is a letter from the mother of a child Laura screened and I tinted. The
mother has given me permission to share this with you.

Just wanted to let you both know that Jenna is doing SO well this year! I
really, really appreciate the help you’ve given Jenna. Her grades have
really improved, her speed for completing tasks has drastically improved,
but most importantly, she never complains about going to school anymore.
This used to be a daily event. She says that she’s so relaxed reading with
her Irlen glasses that even at school she feels like she could fall asleep!
She’s also never come home with an upset stomach this year so far.

Thanks again! I am just SO incredibly relieved. I have been quite
literally sick over it in the past myself, not knowing what to do for her.
She forgot her Irlen glasses at the dance studio once and cried all night
until the next day when we went back and they were there. 😉

The lady who suggested we try Irlen is a friend whose kids have the Irlen
glasses as well. They just moved here from Saskatchewan. But what’s really
great is that Jenna’s school has just recommended the idea to another
family. It’s
great to see that it’s now being taken so seriously by her school. Hopefully
then other children won’t have to struggle as long as she did.

Thanks SO much!
Diana