Meares-Irlen Syndrome is a perceptual processing disorder and a form of visual stress which leads to difficulty in reading. 50 percent of people with dyslexia are affected. This also impacts people with migraines and epilepsy.
Other Known Names
Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome
Discomfort in presence of fluorescent lighting
Discomfort with busy patterns
Attention and Concentration Limitations
When reading, words may appear to:
Jump off the page
Spin and move around
What Meares-Irlen Syndrome Looks Like
Helping a Child with Meares-Irlen Syndrome
According to Helen Irlen, founder of the Irlen method, the following techniques should be used in helping a children diagnosed with Meares-Irlen Syndrome:
Copy tests, handouts, and assignments on colored paper or recycled paper.
Do written work on colored notebook paper.
Place reading material on angle or use a bookstand to reduce glare.
Allow students to sit near a window or indirect lighting.
Allow students to use a finger or marker.
Use graph paper for math.
Write in columns on the board.
Use gray or brown erase boards and avoid white boards.
Use a colored overlay on the overhead projector.
Xerox tests on colored paper.
Let your child work in a dimly lit room.
Allow the child to do work near a window or indirect natural lighting.
Have the child wear a hat when outside or in stores.
Change the background color of the computer screen.
Use Irlen colored overlays for reading and the same colored paper for assignments.
Let the child watch TV in a dimly lit room.
Avoid using bright colors, stripes, and patterns on the walls, floors, or furniture.
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