A piece of the puzzle for reading problems through the use of color

The Irlen Method

Helping Children and Adults with processing problems for over 25 years

The Irlen Method is the only research-based method using Irlen coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters. There are over 4,000 educators in school districts in the USA trained in the method, and millions of children use Irlen coloured overlays around the world. Helen Irlen discovered and created this method in 1980, and it is now being used in over 42 countries. Helen Irlen, MA, LMFT, is the international leading expert in perceptually-based reading and learning difficulties.

The Irlen Method is non-invasive technology that uses Irlen coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters to improve the brain's ability to process visual information. It is the only method scientifically proven to successfully correct the processing problems associated with Irlen Syndrome; a light sensitivity condition caused by fluorescent lighting, bright light or direct sun light and specific frequencies of colour that make up the colour spectrum.

These three dimensional scans using SPECT technology show the area of the brain that is in heavy use, or "hot".

In the scan shown left we can see that without the Irlen Spectral Filters there are many parts of the brain that are "hot", many more than in the case of a normal brain.

The SPECT scan on the right is the same brain that has been "normalised" once the Irlen Spectral Filters have been employed.

The Irlen Method is a colour based technology not a method of reading instruction. The Irlen Spectral Filters filter out offensive light waves within white light, so the brain can accurately process visual information.

The Irlen Method technology reduces light sensitivity and can improve reading fluency, comfort when reading, comprehension, attention and concentration.

We help children and adults suffering from

  • Reading and learning problems
  • Dyslexia
  • ADD/HD, Autism and Asperger Syndrome
  • Behavioural and emotional problems
  • Headaches, migraines, fatigue and other physical symptoms
  • Light Sensitivity/Photophobia
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI), whip lash, and concussions
  • Certain medical and visual conditions.

This method has received international acclaim and is included in professional journals and textbooks. It has also been featured in national and international media, including National Geographic, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News, NBC News, the BBC and TV shows in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands, and South Korea.

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