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Sunday, 11 January 2015 19:15


Irlen Diagnostic Clinic Newcastle is a NDIS Registered Provider (#4050012024) supporting children who are struggling at school for no apparent reason. Their teachers and parents cannot understand why they are having problems reading. These children usually experience distortions of print when they are reading but THEY DO NOT SELF-REPORT because they do not realise that everyone else sees the words differently from them. They often cannot remember what they have read, and cannot recognise the same word when it appears on the next page. Our assessments involve the use of coloured overlays and specifically tinted Irlen Spectral Filters that are worn as glasses.

We also support ADULTS who are suffering from regular headaches, migraines, dizziness and/or nausea if they have not been identified as having a medical cause. 

Statistics say that at least one of these children will have symptoms of Irlen Syndrome.

Sunday, 11 January 2015 15:07

Helen Irlen

Helen Irlen Explains Irlen Syndrome 

Open this link to see Helen Irlen being interviewed by a radio interviewer who has Irlen Syndrome and did not know it until he was an adult. He discusses with Helen the issues that he experienced as a young student and how his life has changed since he was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome and received his specifically tinted Irlen Spectral Filters.

Some People Need Coloured Paper As Well As Irlen Lenses

See Helen's Position Paper on the use of coloured paper for those people who need that as well as their Irlen lenses.


Sunday, 11 January 2015 15:04

Irlen Diagnostic Clinic Newcastle

What Is Dyslexia?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the meaning of DYSLEXIA is "a disorder involving difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols".

Is there such a thing as music dyslexia?

If you have problems reading music, the following link may help you. 

Can Irlen Syndrome Cause Dyslexia?

Irlen Syndrome is the result of a sensitivity to particular wavelengths of light. This is different for each individual and causes perceptual difficulties when looking at black symbols, print or numbers on white background. It was discovered over twenty years ago by Helen Irlen, a psychologist from California. More information about Irlen Syndrome can be found at 

How Can I Tell If I Might Have Irlen Syndrome?

Here is a simple quiz that you can do to determine if you might be suffering from the visual perception problem called Irlen Syndrome. If you answered yes to more than 4 of these questions, then it suggests that you may have Irlen Syndrome and that you should consider contacting us to have a detailed assessment. Our address is Suite 3/136 Nelson Street Wallsend NSW Australia 2287.

Phone: (02) 49 556904.

Fax: (02) 49 656894.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For Irlen Clinics in other areas of Australia, you should visit the website of the Australian Association of Irlen Consultants. 

Do You Experience Any Of The Following?

  • words blurring, moving, shaking?
  • tiredness after a short time of reading?
  • headaches
  • sensitivity to light or glare?
  • having to reread lines of print?
  • difficulty maintaining concentration when reading?
  • missing words or lines when reading?
  • difficulty with comprehension?
  • untidy writing?
  • watery, itchy or stinging eyes when reading?
Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:52

About Us

DR JOAN BRIEN B.Sc. Grad.Dip.Ed. Ph.D

Dr Joan Brien Joan is a fully qualified teacher with over 30 years experience teaching primary, secondary and tertiary level students. She has owned two Tutoring businesses where she was able to help students experiencing learning difficulties. She has a degree in Biological Science and Psychology and this, along with her teaching experience enables her to relate to children of all ages. Many children who come to see her have very low self-esteem and self-confidence because they are usually not achieving academically at the same level as their classmates. Joan is able to talk to them at a level that makes them feel comfortable and as a result, they usually leave with an increased optimism that they can achieve what is expected of them.

Children who come to see Joan have often fallen into reading habits that make it difficult for them to read effectively. Parents are often looking to Joan to provide them with strategies that they can use to help their children "catch up" to their peers.

Joan also sees many adults who have always had reading difficulties but thought that they just "had to live with it". Adults respond just as well as children in overcoming the problems that they experience while reading.

JULIE MATTHEWS B.A. Grad.Cert. Education

Julie Matthews Julie is a certified Irlen Diagnostician and has worked at the Clinic since 2009. She has Irlen Syndrome herself and her three children also suffer from it. This allows her to be able to relate to the children who come to the Clinic for assessment. Many children arrivefeeling quite anxious, but Julie is able to make them feel comfortable after a short time. When the children see that she wears Irlen Lenses herself, it often makes it all seem OK.




BELINDA WATTS B.A. Dip. Education

Belinda Watts Belinda is a certified Irlen Diagnostician and has worked firstly as a screener since 2012 and now as a fully certified Diagnostician since 2016. She is an experienced teacher with many certificates and awards for her superior skills in helping students who have needed extra support. Now that she has retired from teaching, she spends her time privately tutoring students as well as screening clients and working as a diagnostician with us. She has the same philosophy as Julie and Joan about helping children and adults with Irlen syndrome. She makes children who may feel a bit anxious about coming to the clinic feel relaxed within a short time of meeting them.


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