Many with Autism/Asperger Syndrome can be helped with Irlen, colored glasses
At least 50% of those with Autism/Asperger Syndrome are affected by visual processing issues resulting in: light sensitivity, fragmented vision, depth perception difficulties and visual overload.
Behaviors due to these issues such as: poor eye contact, rubbing or pushing on eyes, changes of behavior in bright lights or sunlight, difficulties with stairs or escalators - can be helped using the Irlen Method which uses individually colored glasses to filter offending rays of light to stop light bombarding the brain and in many cases causing physical pain.
So how can a non-verbal child or adult with Autism be tested to find out which combination of colors to be worn as glasses are beneficial? Well, I met a great example last week of a mother and her son working together to help me! Jake is 22 years old and came to Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic (Houston/Galveston) to be helped with issues such as: holding gaze (eye contact), tracking eyes smoothly when copying, pattern aversion (looked away when shown graph paper!), rubbing his eyes/face, light sensitivity (red eyes, rapid blinking), handwriting difficulties and generally losing focus.
Irlen glasses are designed to be color balanced so whatever color they are (green, blue, pink etc) the person wearing them sees ‘white as white’ and all the colors correctly. Jake was able to use a color app on his ipad to show us what color he was seeing. His mom, Beatriz, also made copying numbers into a game as she timed him as I watched his eyes track smoothly. Watch the videos to see how much fun Jake was having during the testing process!