An overlay alleviated symptoms when reading but then she came back for Irlen colored glasses….
Often those with Irlen can’t fully explain what is happening in the environment before they see the difference by looking through the individually prescribed Irlen colored lenses.
During the Filter Diagnostic when the 11 year old took off the Filters she quickly put them back on because without: ‘Everyone in the room is moving, and I am afraid to look at the letter chart!’ We also found that in sunlight things get even worse and ‘Everything doubles’, but the Filters stopped that. During the session she started to get a headache, which sometimes happens with severe clients as some colors their brain likes and others it dozen’t. However, this was helpful as we found some colors that alleviated the headache.
I always test with a family member present, as they know what is ‘normal’ to the child. This girl was a Taekwondo expert and yet her mother asked her to spin around with the colored lenses on, she did this really fast and steady. I asked about this and was told ‘Usually, when she spins she feels dizzy and falls over’.
When reading with the final Filter color everything on the page was still, the girl’s eyes didn’t hurt and her mom said ‘wow, cadence, smooth, comfortable and quick! This girl also usually can only play by ear but her mom remarked now she could ‘Soar with music’ as she could see where the notes were relative to the music staff (lines), without her colored lenses everything went ‘really fuzzy’.
So thanks for writing that letter, it gave the Irlen Clinic a clear idea of the issues you were facing that could be alleviated with Irlen colors!