Irlen® Syndrome...The Beginning
In 1983 Helen Irlen presented at the annual Conference of the American Psychological Association the results of a study
involving 1500 student,s which demonstrated the
existence what was called Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome
and the Irlen Method of treatment. Helen, an Associate
Professor and psychologist working with college students
who had learning difficulties first discovered the usefulness
of coloured plastic overlays when some of the students told
her of their improvements in reading when using them. After finding that no other professionals: OT's, GPs, Optometrists, Educators, Speech Pathologist, or Psychologists, had
considered the issue, she set about devising the system
which has become the Irlen Method.
Over the years, Helen Irlen has supervised research projects, written several books and developed better
and easier, though still rigorous, approaches to assessment.
Many attempts have been
and other coloured lenses. Find out more ...
Look at this video. Notice how long ago Irlen Lenses were found to be helpful!