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About the Irlen Method:

What is Irlen Syndrome?

Irlen Syndrome is a type of visual processing problem, formerly known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS). Irlen Syndrome tends to run in families and is not currently identified with standardized educational, psycholgoical, or medical tests.

Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:
  • Academic and work performance
  • Behavior
  • Attention
  • Ability to sit still
  • Concentration

Persons with Irlen Syndrome suffer a variety of symptoms, including:
  • Sensitivity to light - fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight and sometimes lights at night
  • Reading Problems - poor comprehension, misreads or skips words and lines, slow or hesitant reading, reading avoidance, preference for dim light
  • Discomfort - strain and fatigue, headaches, nausea, restlessness, hurt and watery eyes
  • Attention and Concentration Problems - especially with reading and academics
  • Writing problems - copying, spacing, letter size, alignment and spelling problems
  • Depth perception - clumsy, poor catching ability, poor distance judgment
  • Distortions - Words on the page lack clarity or stability; i.e., may appear to be blurry, moving, or disappear.

Irlen Syndrome can be an additional piece of the puzzle for those experiencing problems with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism/Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities, migraines, and other related problems.

How is Irlen Syndrome Addressed?

Irlen Syndrome is addressed through the use of colored overlays and/or Irlen colored filters.  Colored overlays are most effective for individuals whose difficulties are isolated to reading. If you experience challenges with writing, math, depth perception, night driving, or the environment, colored filters (worn as glasses) will be your best treatment option. However, colored overlays are an important first step in determining whether the Irlen Method can work for you and provide your first experience with relief.

Treatment for Irlen Syndrome is not a "cure" for Dyslexia/Phonics-based reading disability, ADHD, or other Learning Disabilities. Treatment for Irlen Syndrome may assist individuals with these diagnoses in overcoming some difficulties.

How long does screening take?

Screening for Irlen Syndrome takes about an hour.  After screening, if it is determined that you or your child will benefit from the use of overlays, Chattahoochee Child Psychology Services, LLC will supply you with one set of overlays.

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