Dyslexia is a learning disorder involving difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. In other words difficulty ‘sounding out’ words when reading and discriminating the individual sounds in words to help with spelling.
Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing difficulty due to incorrect processing of light by the brain that results in difficulty perceiving the words on the page and sensitivity to the brightness of the white page. Words often move, change or blur. Whole sentences can wave and individual letters can move so the letters are read in the wrong order.
Meet Peyton, she is 8 years old and came to the Krist Samaritan Irlen Clinic (Houston/Galveston) for an Irlen Screening. When Peyton looks at a page of text the words move and go blurry STRAIGHT AWAY! She also often jumps to the wrong sentence and sometimes starts the word at the end. It is not surprising she yawns when she reads and gets a headache in the afternoon after her studies, as her brain is working SO hard to see what is on the page.
What a relief Peyton had – you can really see her smile – when we found an overlay that helped with her difficulties! She might even have the confidence to try a Word Search for FUN instead of having to chase the letters around with her eyes!
If you are interested in testing for Irlen Syndrome before your child starts school again please fill out a contact form on this website or call 832 720 3071 (and leave a message)