The Difference It Made


Grace
Dear Mrs. Edwards, When you screened me for Irlen syndrome I thought I would have nothing wrong with me, and would be like most other children and would not have anything wrong. However both my mother and I were really surprised and shocked when you assessed me further, and found the overlays improved my reading.When you recommended me to the Irlen specialist I did not know what to expect, and although the process took a long time he diagnosed me as having a moderate level of Irlen, and said I needed coloured filters.

 

Since I have been wearing my glasses my reading flow has improved and all my work at school is of a better standard than before.Before I knew I had Irlen's, I would try really hard with my work, but the words would move and the whiteness of the paper would hurt my eyes. The big difference is the length I can now concentrate on work for. Sometimes I would feel sick just trying to read for any length of time. Some people who haven't got Irlen's or don’t understand the concepts can be cynical about the use of overlays or coloured filters but that is their problem,

I know that they make a difference.I am so glad that Park Farm has Mrs. Edwards to screen for Irlen syndrome and other children in our school now have the chance to reach their full potential.

Yours sincerely Grace

 

Harry
Since having his filters Harry had a dynamic change in his confidence, and reading ability. In a very short space of time his reading levels doubled. He was so delighted with his new  spectral filters that he ran the length of the playground to show them. Stress levels have also been greatly reduced as Harry puts his filters on when he wants to calm himself.
The depth perception has improved too. Harry said that when he was walking by a road with his filters cars
that appeared previously to be two were now one

 

    Harry
Since having his filters Harry had a dynamic change in his confidence, and reading ability. In a very short space of time his reading levels doubled. He was so delighted with his new spectral filters that he ran the length of the playground to show them. Stress levels have also been greatly reduced as Harry puts his filters on when he wants to calm himself.
The depth perception has improved too. Harry said that when he was walking by a road with his filters cars
that appeared previously to be two were now one.
  Parental permission obtained  

 

  

Casey was diagnosed with Irlen syndrome towards the end of 2013. She was two years behind at school. She walked without balance or confidence. She wouldn’t play like other children, for example: on climbing equipment as her perception wouldn’t allow her to have the judgement. Any trips to shopping centres where escalators were involved were a mission. Casey would need to bury her head into my chest to be able to cope with the short journey up or down. Casey was sad and always walked looking down. She would jump when walking along the road thinking that things were heading towards her.She was diagnosed as having severe Irlen syndrome when screened this affected all areas of everyday life. Making her life nothing like ours.

Casey was a very lucky candidate and we were able to be funded for the filters she so desperately needed. In January 2014 Casey received her glasses. At first it was a lot to deal with for her it was like learning all over again. Casey is  now one year behind at school. She walks with confidence and pride. She now plays with her sister and friends on all equipment where this left her out of the loop before.  She now has a wider group of friends and smiles with happiness. Journeys on escalators are so much better; she stands tall and takes in her environment.  I see a brand new little girl.  The lights when shopping and at school no longer make her dizzy. We have many people to thank for the help in getting Casey diagnosed and the funding of the filters. You cannot imagine the difference that this has made to a little girl and her family’s life

3.7.2014

  

Chloe
Chloe says that the stairs are not all slopey now and she doesn't hang onto the railing.
She now writes about three pages of writing where before she struggled with three lines and often has

someone to scribe for her.   She says she enjoys getting ideas to write stories.
Her reading has come on well and she has gone up the reading levels.  Black on white on a worksheet
is no longer a problem.  She is very grateful to have her filters. She can now see everything on the board.
She can see the tv and computer well now and no longer bumps into things.
(Feedback by her teacher and Irlen screener). 


 

 

 
  Helen  

 

Helen                                              
As a child I had difficulty with my school work, saw strange shapes in the waves at the seaside and was aware of strange distortions looking around my bedroom.  I could not read music and managed to do piano lessons by playing by memory.  My school reports all contained comments about me not trying hard enough and I struggled to gain a handful of G.C.S.E. passes after three years of retakes.   I knew that I was doing my best and my friends still maintain to this day that I studied really hard.  I didn’t retain information and had difficulty in reading for any length of time.

Over thirty years later my son was screened for Irlen Syndrome as he was having difficulty himself.  When I looked over his shoulder, I could see that the shape on the page resembled a melted piece of cheese but was assured that this was a cube. 
I now use four coloured overlays together and have gained enough confidence in myself to continue my studies with the Open University who offer me support and understanding. I use dark glasses to drive.  I can now read a book without seeing rivers running down the page and flashing letters jumping out at me.

I had a problem for most of my life which no-one was aware of.  The diagnosis has provided me with an explanation for the disappointment I felt in myself for many years.  Although it came along a little late for me, screening has helped both my youngest son and my daughter realise that they can overcome their difficulties and my son receives extra help with his learning 

 

   

 

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