How do you think you would cope, if every time you sat down to read, after a few minutes, the words started to float off the page? It would be very disconcerting wouldn’t it? Sometimes the words float right off the page, for other people, the words float up and down off the page (like waves). There are children who see words behaving like this every time that they sit down to read or are asked to read to the teacher or their parents. Sometimes this distortion makes them feel nauseas, a bit like sea-sickness. There are some children who constantly feel sick at school, and often spend a lot of time in sick-bay. They are often not believed when they say they are sick, and that is understandable, as it is often every day, and there is no obvious cause for the sickness. BUT… these kids really are feeling sick, but don’t know why and nobody else knows why, so they are told that they just have to get on with it. If you know of anyone (particularly children) who seem to be sick at school a lot of the time, without any explanation, it may be worth investigating Irlen Syndrome.
THE TREATMENT FOR IRLEN SYNDROME
The treatment for Irlen Syndrome is NOT a programme but IS a method to help visual processing dysfunction. Many critics of Irlen suggest that if