The Irlen Dyslexia Clinic – Gladstone specialises in assessing children and adults for the visual processing dysfunction, Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS). This condition causes difficulties in the areas of Reading, Mathematics and Concentration, and is commonly found in those with Dyslexia.
Irlen Syndrome / SSS can contribute to a variety of difficulties including – delays in learning, reduced academic and work performance, frustration, behaviour problems, low self-esteem, anxiety and work avoidance.
Irlen Syndrome Sample Print Distortions
What is Irlen Syndrome / SSS?
Irlen Syndrome, also known as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS) or Visual Stress, is a brain problem, not a vision problem that affects 15% of the population.It’s about the way the brain is processing visual information. Someone with Irlen Syndrome may experience visual stress causing overactivity of the brain.
By filtering out the white light rays or the offensive ray in the light spectrum, visual distortions become clear making it easier for those with Irlen Syndrome to see clearly, some see improvements in their ability to read in fact research shows that 46% of those with reading difficulties, dyslexia or learning difficulties may have Irlen Syndrome.
Assessments for this brain processing dysfunction can only be carried out by certified Irlen Syndrome Diagnosticians, trained in the Irlen Method. Optometrists are unable to treat this condition.
TAKE OUR SELF TESTS
You may like to choose an appropriate Irlen Syndrome / Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome self-test to determine whether this condition may be contributing to you or someone you know’s perceptual difficulties.
You can complete the self-test online with the option to print once completed.
In completing the self-test, If you find three or more indicators are present you should contact the Irlen Dyslexia Clinic – Gladstone Centre to arrange an assessment.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF IRLEN SYNDROME
People with Irlen Syndrome/SSS can have difficulty with one or more of the following:
- Light Sensitivity
- Reading Difficulties
- Poor Comprehension
- Distortions with Print
- Eye Strain / Visual Stress
- Concentration Issues
- Headaches / Migraines
- Behaviour Problems
- Depth Perception Difficulties
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