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  • Irlen Syndrome, also referred to as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and Visual Stress, is a visual perception processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information.

    This problem tends to run in families and is not able to be identified with optical assessments, standardised educational assessments or medical tests.

Signs and Symptoms of Irlen Syndrome

  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Reading Difficulties
  • Distortions with Print
  • Spelling Problems
  • Delayed Learning
  • Concentration Difficulties
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Frustration
  • Handwriting Problems
  • Copying Challenging
  • Depth Perception Difficulties
  • Eye Strain / Visual Stress
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Fatigue after School or Work
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Anxiety


Tony AttwoodSee Tony Attwood speak (via video) on how tinted lenses can reduce some symptoms for those with Aspergers.
Paul WhitingHear from Dr Paul Whiting, of SPELD NSW and AUSPELD, talk about the research and history of Irlen.

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Adelaide Conference

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1000000 reasons AAIC Conference Adelaide - Irlen Syndrome

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    Helen Irlen books

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