Irlen Screening Centre Calgary

Irlen Screening Centre Calgary

Irlen Syndrome is a visual-perceptual problem. Research evidence implicates the magnocellular pathway connecting the retina and the brain stem.

What Is The Irlen Method?

Irlen Syndrome is a visual-perceptual problem. Research evidence implicates the magnocellular pathway connecting the retina and the brain stem. The part of the visual image carried on these pathways is either incomplete or improperly timed, resulting in faulty visual perception in specific circumstances, light sensitivity, significant difficulty when reading black print on white paper, working under fluorescent lights, and inaccurate depth perception. (Hobbs, Robinson, & Whiting, 1997). The rapid eye movement necessary for efficient reading can produce print distortions and/or physical discomfort. Irlen Syndrome is not identified on regular optometric examinations.

Identification and Remediation

  • 2 hour screening that identifies specific symptoms, severity and identifies overlay color to reduce reading fatigue and distortions on the page
  • Recommended: 2nd step is use of Irlen tinted lenses which deal with light sensitivity and depth perception inaccuracies, help with perception for writing and copying from the board, and further improve reading capabilities and comfort.

Facts About Irlen Syndrome

  • occurs on a continuum from mild to extremely severe
  • mild profile: normal or high achieving person who reads slowly or must reread more than usual for comprehension
  • moderate profile: person considered to be an under-achiever or “lazy”, does not work up to their potential, feels frustrated that effort put forth at school does not result in achievement
  • severe profile: person appears to have intractable problems learning to read, and/or severe learning problems
  • has a genetic basis – in 84% of students identified with Irlen syndrome, one or both parents also were identified with it (Robinson, Foreman, & Dear, 1996)
  • may be misidentified as ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia

OR

  • may coexist with ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia – making students with each of these challenges more difficult to educate
  • 15-25% of the general population has Irlen Syndrome (most are unaware)
  • 45-50% (some say 65%) of dyslexic population has Irlen Syndrome (Whiting 1985)
  • 50% of ADD, ADHD population have Irlen Syndrome (Irlen, 1993; Jordan, 1996; Payne, 1994)
  • 45-50% of population with just a reading disability has Irlen Syndrome as the main cause

Treatments

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