Irlen Syndrome, also known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome or light sensitivity, is a visual perceptual problem and can only be tested by an accredited screener. It prevents individuals from being able to learn, read or study efficiently. Some symptoms include:
Light sensitivity headaches & migraines Concentration problems
Problems seeing print Reading avoidance Slow, often word-by-word, reading
difficulty with reading accuracy and/or comprehension
severe fatigue after reading under achievement Poor depth perception
Irlen Syndrome affects 12-14% of the general population including:
- 46% of individuals with learning or reading difficulties
- 33% of individuals with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, behaviour problems
- individuals with autism, traumatic head injuries/acquired brain injuries (ABI)
Christine Phillips at Aldon Tutoring Centres Ballarat, is an accredited screener for Irlen Syndrome. Luckily the effects of this syndrome can be remedied relatively easily and cost effectively. Children with good communication skills can be screened as young as 7. Diagnostic work leading to tinted lenses can also be arranged on request.
Contact us now to find out more about how we can assist you to find out if Irlen Syndrome might be affecting your child’s progress at school.
For more information about Irlen Syndrome, go to https://aaic.org.au/