Q.What is Irlen syndrome®?
A. Irlen is a visual perceptual processing disorder ®. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information.
Q. I haven't heard of it. Is there any research?
A. Yes there is Cornell university
Q. How does it affect?
A. Irlen syndrome ® affects in many ways. It can affect the whole body, depth perception, reading, spelling, all academic progress, driving sport, (for more details go to www.irlen.com
Q. What can it cause?
A. Headache, migraine, light sensitivity, exhaustion, clumsiness, stress etc (for a full list of details and to do a self- test go to www.irlen.com
Q. Can Irlen syndrome ® co-exist with other condition and disorders?
A. Indeed yes, dyslexia, 50% of dyslexics have Irlen) dyspraxia, dyscalculia, Asperger's autism, hypermobility fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome depression, the list is endless. Misdiagnosis can occur too.
Q. What is an Irlen screener ®
A. Some schools with have a preliminary investigation with overlays . This is not an Irlen screening.
Irlen screening ® is the first stage of the Irlen process. Screening establishes the colour need of an overlay, advises on environmental changes needed and supplies an Irlen screening report. It is a vital step towards the pieces of the puzzle that is Irlen syndrome and all the difficulties it causes to everyday life!
Q. Do I need to be referred by the school or a doctor or other health professional?
A. No, Irlen screening can be carried out independently. Contact me I am happy to talk it through with you.
Q. Who will screen me?
A. Contact me Juanetta Edwards
Q. Do you supply a report afterwards?
A. Yes, a detailed report will be e-mailed to you.This report is the findings whilst screening using screening materials.
This will include any recommendations for further assessment by an Irlen diagnostician. This is not an Irlen diagnosis but shows tendencies.
Q. Is this the end of the process?
A. For some people. Occasionally the decision is made to use overlays for a while, they will help with the movement or distortion on the page (referred to by opticians as visual stress) however for the full range of symptoms discovered during the screening Irlen filters are needed.
Q. How do I get genuine Irlen filters?
A. The Irlen report will detail the diagnosticians available to you in your area. Further assessment and lens evaluation is continued on from the screening.
Q. Will i have pay for this service?
A. Sadly yes, as currently not funded by the NHS (funding aid may be available).
Q. How long will I have to wait for an appointment?
A. I will endeavour to screen you currently within two weeks of the enquiry. The diagnostician appointment will be scheduled by them. Personal contact needs to be made.
Q. I work during the week can the screening take place at the weekend?
A. Some weekend appointments are available.
Q. How long will the Irlen syndrome screening ® take?
A. Usually about 1.5 - 2 hours with feedback. Be prepared for longer, Additional time is allotted should it is necessary.
Q. What if my child gets anxious or too tired?
A. We can take breaks or if necessary finish the screening at an additional appointment (no further charge).
The client is the most important factor.
Q. My child has Autism are you experienced in this area?
A. I have vast experience working with children with additional needs.
Q. Have you been a qualified Irlen screener ® for long?
A. I have been screening for over sixteen years now, which equates to many hundreds of children and adults. I have senior Irlen screener status.
Q. Are to happy to liaise with my child's school
A. I am more than happy to do this.
Q If I subscribe to the newsletter or supply personal details are they safe?
A Yes e-mail will not be passed on to any third party. Address phone number etc. supplied at screening will only be passed on to the diagnostician with your permission. Any photographs taken will be with your knowledge and will only be used with any feedback with your permission.
Q. My question is not here
A. I am very approachable contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. How do I research Irlen syndrome further?