Dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention deficits, motor coordination, learning and behavior problems may be related to sensory stress & overload. Unfortunately the origins or those symptoms are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. If not remedied or addressed, they can impact a person into adulthood, dramatically decreasing academic & vocational success, quality of life, and even mental and physical health.
Obtaining an accurate diagnosis and targeted interventions can be difficult if the professionals are not trained in assessing sensory processing disorders, environmental stressors, and their biological impact. Precious time and money can be put into minimally beneficial therapies, tutoring, medical interventions, and medications. END THE GUESSWORK!!!! Discover the profound benefits of eliminating or minimizing specific biological and environmental stressors in just one testing session and customized interventions. A specially trained educator or medical professional can guide you and possibly prevent the agony of going from one service to another trying to find answers. It’s never too late: adults can be helped even after years of symptoms.
“I never finished college cause I kept failing the same core math class. Finally I was able to retire from a 30 year job and go back to school. My dream was shattered when I again flunked the math class. However, my counselor tested me for suspected Irlen Syndrome, or severe light sensitivity, which caused my learning and attention challenges. Finally I had answers and was referred to Shoshana, an Irlen Diagnostician for more in-depth testing and specific interventions. I passed the math class that semester and now have my college degree. Without Irlen Method I would have given up my dream !!!
Eternally grateful college graduate at 55 years of age !!!!”
The Most Common Misdiagnoses
When you try to focus and are constantly distracted by noises, people, and smells, you may not notice the fluorescent lights flickering and humming above yet they may be the major straw “that broke the camel’s back”, the overload and stressors lead to a migraine or lack of focus when reading, writing, or working at the computer, and even driving. Irlen Syndrome, also known as scotopic sensitivity syndrome, light sensitivity. photophobia, or visual dyslexia can majorly contribute to ADD/HD, dyslexia and reading problems , handwriting issues, and migraines from childhood into adulthood.
It’s hard to believe that this disorder, which is more common than heart disease, autism and asthma, remains difficult to accurately diagnose due to lack of knowledge and specialized training by teachers, therapists and doctors. Irlen Spectral Filters worn as RX or PLANO NO RX glasses or contact lenses are only produced in two optical labs in the world : Irlen Labs in Long Beach, CA & Australia. Irlen Testing Centers are found in over 90 countries and 30 states in the USA.
What Happens If Irlen Syndrome Is Not Treated?
Left untreated or misdiagnosed, tragedy and life long struggles can results. A child or adult can compensate, but will require much more effort and often overwhelming stress and fatigue while performing daily tasks at work, home, school or out in the community. When stress is left unchecked in can affect the quality of your sleep, daily alertness and focus, relationships, and immune system.
Lasting issues that can impact academic & vocational success forever
Workplace issues that can contribute to difficulties getting hired and staying employed
Physical and emotional symptoms create disabling or challenging limitations, stress, anxiety, learning disabilities, fatigue, visual distortions, and chronic migraines and headaches
Balance, depth perception, visual stress, sensory processing, and fine/gross motor coordination problems that can effect sports performance, driving safely, communication, going up/down stairs and accessing escalators, working at the computer, watching TV or movies, and general mental and physical health/wellness
The Symptoms of Irlen Syndrome
Are you concerned that your child or a student in your class has Irlen Syndrome? Here are some of the most common symptoms?
Misaligned numbers when multiplying or writing in columns
Improper use of study or reading time
Grades that do not reflect the effort put in
Trouble copying and spacing when writing
A whopping 46% of people with specific learning disabilities and reading problems actually have misdiagnosed or undiagnosed Irlen Syndrome. Over 70% if those with migraines, ADD/HD, autism, and concussions may have mild to severe symptoms. People with dementia and other cognitive deficits may have Irlen Syndrome contributing to their symptoms and daily functioning. Irlen Method combined with our specialized occupational therapy services and targeted interventions could provide immediate improvements without the need for more expensive and extensive interventions, and even decrease the need for medications. END THE GUESSWORK!!
The Good News
Irlen Syndrome is diagnosed in 1-2 testing sessions and specific interventions can provide immediate improvements in the testing sessions so you know it is working. Irlen Method uses customized colored overlays and layered filters to address sensory overload to help the brain integrate sensory and cognitive information with less stress and effort. Accuracy and endurance for those activities that contribute to challenges and issues can be precisely remedied with immediately, observable and trackable results and improvements. If you know a child or adult who is struggling, don’t hesitate to get them help by calling Irlen diagnostician, educator, and occupational therapist, Shoshana Shamberg for a phone consultation.
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