The Irlen Revolution: A Guide to Changing Your Perception and Your Life

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After decades of revolutionizing the treatment of dyslexia through the use of colored lenses, educational pioneer Helen Irlen has turned her attention to children and adults who suffer from other learning disabilities. The Irlen Revolution examines the author’s unique program for helping people with ADHD/ADD, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, depth perception problems, head injuries, strokes, and a host of other conditions that affect learning.

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Overview

After decades of revolutionizing the treatment of dyslexia through the use of colored lenses, educational pioneer Helen Irlen has turned her attention to children and adults who suffer from other learning disabilities. The Irlen Revolution examines the author’s unique program for helping people with ADHD/ADD, Asperger’s syndrome, autism, depth perception problems, head injuries, strokes, and a host of other conditions that affect learning.

The Irlen Revolution begins with an overview of learning disabilities and a look at standard treatments. It then examines the Irlen Method and explores the scientific basis of the program. Finally, the author discusses the individual disorders—what they are, and how the Irlen approach may be used to treat them successfully. An extensive resource section provides additional guidance for readers who want to learn more about the program.

When 60 Minutes featured a dyslexic child being “cured” with

the Irlen Method, the world was introduced to a safe and effective tool to combat dyslexia. Now the battle lines have been expanded, and many more people can benefit from The Irlen Revolution.

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Library Journal
In her second book (after Reading by the Colors), Irlen describes how the therapy she invented for Irlen syndrome—in which the brain does not correctly process what is seen by the eyes and causes words to appear to move on the page—has progressed over the last two decades, including the history of how the therapy was developed. Her belief is that many children's problems with reading and math are caused by Irlen syndrome, but those difficulties can be corrected with lenses that filter certain colors. Irlen addresses the barriers she has faced in establishing her therapy and making it possible for parents to test their children. In addition, she goes on to discuss how this syndrome could exist in children or even adults who are labeled learning disabled or have light sensitivity, headaches, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, visual conditions, and head injuries. VERDICT An interesting description of a condition that is often hard to recognize but has a relatively simple cure. Recommended for parents and teachers.—Terry Lamperski, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757002366
  • Publisher: Square One Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 704,832
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Irlen is a graduate of Cornell University and an internationally known educator, researcher, therapist, scholar, and expert in the area of visual perception problems. While working with adults with learning disabilities, Irlen made a startling discovery that resulted in a marked improvement in her students’ reading ability. Today, there are over 80 affiliated Irlen Clinics worldwide, and over 7,000 educators have been trained in the Irlen Method.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

A Note on Gender viii

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 From the Beginning 5

2 Establishing the Irlen Method and Running Up Against Roadblocks 25

3 Advocacy and Doing the Best for Your Child 41

4 Irlen Testing: What It's All About 57

5 Reading and Irlen Syndrome 69

6 Irlen Syndrome Goes Beyond the Printed Page 81

7 Light Sensitivity and Irlen Syndrome 91

8 Headaches, Migraines, and Irlen Syndrome 103

9 Attention Deficit Disorders and Irlen Syndrome 117

10 Autism Spectrum Disorder and Men Syndrome 129

11 Medical Conditions, Visual Conditions, and Irlen Syndrome 145

12 Head Injuries, Psychological Problems, and Irlen Syndrome 159

Conclusion 173

Appendices

A Additional Causes of Learning Difficulties and Recommendations for Treatment 176

B Strategies for Dealing With Academic Problems 184

C Resources 193

D Finding an Irlen Testing Center Near You 203

References 205

About the Author

Index 207

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    As an Irlen screener, I found the book full of more information

    As an Irlen screener, I found the book full of more information on Irlen Syndrome and the Irlen method.
    This book is very informative and helpful to any parent or educator interested in learning more about
    Irlen Syndrome.  Many children suffer needlessly with many problems including light sensitivity, reading 
    difficulties and many other physical problems that can be helped by using the colored overlays or filters.
    Great book that is easy to read and understand for anyone seeking more understanding of Irlen's.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    All teachers and parents should read this book to understand ho

    All teachers and parents should read this book to understand how some struggling readers feel. If you have or know anyone who suffers from light sensitivity, headaches, reading or depth perception problems, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, dyslexia, or any visual perceptional related condition, you need to read this book. Helen Irlen discusses her successful treatment of these issues with the use of colored filters and ways to identify the cause of the problem. She goes into great detail on different factors which might cause symptoms helped by the Irlen Method. This is a must read book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    This book is a book to be read by all educators as well as paren

    This book is a book to be read by all educators as well as parents. This is a very informative book about the IRLEN Method. Problems with processing visual information can cause issues with attention, concentration, and a student's performance. The IRLEN screening method is a cost-effective way to see if visual processing is the problem first if symptoms exist. This book is a must read.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I would highly recommend this book for educators, Irlen screener

    I would highly recommend this book for educators, Irlen screeners and diagnosticians, and others with a previous knowledge of Irlen Syndrome. For parents, I would recommend that they first read Irlen's other book, "Reading by the Colors" which I think is more oriented to those new to the subject.
    This is not a book you read in a few days, but rather one that you read a little at a time and then spend time thinking about the ideas presented and how they apply to you and those you have screened or an individual of concern, especially those with learning disabilities with visual reversals or depth perception.
    The book not only gives you an overall view of Irlen Syndorme, but shows how Irlen can be misdiagnosed or be connected with other disorders such as autism and attention deficit.
    The chapter on Attention Deficit disorders is very enlightening. This and other chapters make you observe and look for underlying causes.
    The chapter on Light Sensitivity also makes sense of many of my experiences and validates some of the positive methods I have been using. It will do the same for others that have had or seen others with light sensitivity.
    A question people always want to know is "Where is the research?". This book includes case studies and research studies that help verify that this is a real disorder. It even talks about brain wave changes between someone with and without Irlen filters and how all of communication is affected.
    I like the way that the book portrays Irlen as a piece of the puzzle and that one needs to carefully look at each individual to see the underlying causes of his/her behavior and learning problems. I recommend that you read it with that thought in mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    VALUABLE READING Working with adults who struggle with learning

    VALUABLE READING

    Working with adults who struggle with learning and literacy, I have observed several students who saw large gains in their reading ease and ability after being screened for Irlen Syndrome and subsequently using a recommended colored overlay. So, I was glad to have the chance to read Helen Irlen’s latest book, The Irlen Revolution, which I found to be both insightful and enlightening.

    Irlen’s writing style is clear and readable. Difficult scientific concepts are described and summarized in a way that the average person can easily follow. Her passion for the subject shows and ignites a similar interest and enthusiasm in the reader.

    I would recommend this book to anyone – it provides a chance to understand and sympathize with those who don’t experience their environment as you do. However, more importantly, this book is essential reading for all educators, parents, and those with Irlen-like symptoms (ex. Autism, ADD, light sensitivities, headaches, etc). The advice Irlen offers to parents about advocating for their children in the face of a bureaucratic educational system or a narrow diagnosis by a doctor or specialist is realistic and encouraging. Also, The Irlen Revolution offers a wealth of resources. From checklists and self-tests to lists of sources for more information and suggested strategies for different sensitivities and problems, Helen Irlen offers a thorough starting point for helping those with special, sometimes misunderstood, needs.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    This second book of Helen Irlen's about Irlen Syndrome does a gr

    This second book of Helen Irlen's about Irlen Syndrome does a great job of bringing the discussion down to a "layman's" level. She is able to clearly describe Irlen Syndrome and its symptoms (many of which sounded just like me!) in everyday language. More importantly, she uses her knowledge as an Educational Psychologist and counsellor to give clear, practical advice on how to advocate for your child, regardless of ability or disability. I must confess, being Canadian, I glossed over the specifics about American education bills, etc., but the non-specific information encouraged me as a mother and aunt to children with learning disabilities. Her discussion regarding other factors that can influence LDs and many other struggles children face in school was eye opening and encouraging! Helen Irlen's description of other learning disabilities, brain injuries, and syndromes clearly demonstrate that the Irlen Method a technique that can help more than just those with a light sensitivity. This book is a must read for any parent or person dealing with a learning disability or who knows someone with a learning disability.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    The book, "The Irlen Revolution" by Helen Irlen was a

    The book, "The Irlen Revolution" by Helen Irlen was a very informative, and helpful book for me as a counselor, and can also be a useful resource for any teacher, aide, or anyone working in the educational field. I first thought when I first picked up the book that it was going to be a dry, boring book, but I was very wrong, it was very teacher-friendly, and practical. It was very down to earth, and spoke to the heart of the problems that alot of people face ie. reading the printed page, comprehending the written language, judging spacial distance, driving at night, light sensitivity that distorts words on the written page, ect. The book spoke of numerous disabilities that children, and adults have to deal with, ie. ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, dyslexia, headaches, autism, head injuries, psychological problems, migraines, and visual conditions. In each situation the person was given an Irlen screening when everything else had seemed to fail. After the screenings were administered the person was able to read, comprehend, and function 100% better. The book also gave alot of success stories written by people that were at the lowest point in their lives, but because of the Irlen filters the adults, or children were given a second chance to reach their potential while other institutions, and people had given up on them. The book also spoke about parents being an advocate for their children while they are in school since they know their child better then anyone else does. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the world of education to help young adults, children, and anyone for that matter to become all that they are meant to become to fuction in this world, and to become a happier person,too.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    The Irlen Revolution is Helen Irlen’s second book, followi

    The Irlen Revolution is Helen Irlen’s second book, following Reading by the Colors and its revision in 2005. In this second book, Helen Irlen takes the reader through the many discoveries and developments she has made as she continues to devote her life’s work to helping children and adults with visual perceptual difficulties. The Irlen Revolution discusses Irlen Syndrome, a visual perceptual processing condition comprised of a myriad of symptoms to varying degrees. Given its invasiveness, Irlen symptomatology can be part of reading difficulties, ADD, ADHD, autism, light sensitivity, and certain medical and psychological conditions, such as migraines, light-sensitive epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety disorders and depression. This inability of one’s brain to accurately process visual information can cause or exacerbate many problems. The intervention -- Irlen filters -- are colored tints applied to lenses. These specifically determined colors, or layers of colors, alter the visual processing occurring in the brain by screening out certain wavelengths of light. Scans of the brain show that after Irlen filters have been worn, brain activity becomes more normalized, so that it is better able to process visual information. The Irlen Revolution discusses relevant research in a clear and practical writing style, as the intent of the book is to be a readily available resource. Twenty-five years ago Helen Irlen’s research was jumpstarted with her initial discovery that not everyone sees letters and words in the same manner. Her uncanny knack for questioning the most basic assumptions about reading “When you read are the words clear, stable, and is it comfortable?” has taken this skilled researcher on a journey of revelation, with her most recent discoveries and developments shared this latest text, The Irlen Revolution.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Great info for reading problems

    This book does a great job of explaining why some people have problems reading and/or with math and what simple things they can do to improve. If you have an underachiever child or have problems with reading yourself, then this book could hold the solution for you.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Highly recommended - It may be the answer to why it's hard to read

    This second book by Helen Irlen goes beyond the simple description of the syndrome in her first book. I want to compliment her on achieving a balance between writing for those interested in the scientific aspects of the visual perception difficulty and parents, whom I think will gain the most out of this publication. This book is written in a straight forward not too technical tone,that parents will readily identify with. The chapters stand largely independent of one another, with useful cross referencing between chapters. There are very good self checks along the way that a parent or someone who suspects Irlen can self administer and make an informed decision whether to seek additional guidance. The inclusion of client testimony is a powerful tool that I will definitely be using in my next round of presentations to educators.

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