Irlen Syndrome typically affects READING and HANDWRITING
ANYONE can have IRLEN SYNDROME, which is a visual processing disorder caused by sensitivity to light. It typically affects READING due to black & white contrast on the page, but also often impacts on HANDWRITING and ability to layout words neatly on a page.
Meet Payton who is 7 years old and in the Gifted and Talented program at school. She visited the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic, Houston/Galveston, to find out why reading took her so much effort that it made her feel dizzy and gave her stomachaches: ‘Reading hurts a lot, Chapter Books don’t treat my tummy nice’. Her mom also said her handwriting was ‘atrocious’.
Once the correct color of overlay (clear, plastic sheet to be placed over text) was found during the Irlen Screening, she was able to explain in the VIDEO differences she saw on the page. It turns out words, numbers and musical notes swapped places with one another AND she couldn’t see lines on a page or squares on graph paper AT ALL- no wonder she had problems with READING and HANDWRITING!