Can Irlen Syndrome (visual processing disorder) make HANDWRITING AND ORGANIZING WRITING difficult? YES! The contrast between the white page and black lines (or text written by the student) can create visual stress and visual distortions such as black lines/text moving or fading into the page.
A 10 year old boy we saw last week at the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic, Houston/Galveston, had this difficulty. He answered YES to all the handwriting screening questions.
1) Write up or down hill? 2) Unequal or no spacing between letters or words? 3) Unequal letter size? 4) Unable to write on the line? 5) Leave out words, letters or punctuation marks?
His mom agreed to show you some of his writing samples in order to raise awareness – and to help you spot these difficulties yourself and get an Irlen Screening if necessary. Please note this child was trying so much harder than his peers just to get down his ideas on paper, no wonder he came home so tired and frequently with a headache!