As Director of the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic (Houston/Galveston) I just want to encourage those children with IRLEN SYNDROME as they return to school with the prospect of catching up with their peers.
This visual processing difficulty results in difficulty working under bright lights at school and can create visual distortions when looking at WORDS or NUMBERS. A colored overlay (clear plastic sheet) placed over their work helps, but colored, Irlen glasses help even more as the bright light in the classroom is filtered.
Here is an email that I received from a happy mom whose daughter got her Irlen glasses at the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic.
“Julie, I have to brag on Haley and share her success story with you. I believe that her Irlen lenses played a huge role in her success.
Since Kindergarten she has struggled with reading. Many great teachers helped her and every year she was getting closer and closer to reading at grade level. In second grade she was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. I was actually super happy that she was diagnosed with this and it wasn’t something bigger. This year was tough but she worked so hard and never gave up. Even when I was ready to throw in the towel on some nights and she would keep going. The morning of reading STAAR she was so nervous. I told her that I didn’t care about the test just to do the best she can. In 3rd grade she passed the reading test by one question and we celebrated it. Well this year not only did she pass she got Meets which is performing at grade level.
Here are some pictures to show how much she grew this year and to show where she is at her current reading level. She also passed math and writing but the reading is a true success story. Thanks to everyone that had a hand in helping Haley feel successful. This has been a huge confidence booster and hopefully she will carry it over the 5th Grade.”