I tested a little girl today who fitted into the category above. Thank goodness the teacher and the parent agreed that further investigation was required.
Without having the Irlen Screening test today, the little girl would have continued to struggle with looking at print on paper, on the whiteboard and seeing clearly in the environment.
She was very intelligent, loved books but found them so hard to read as the print would move and jump around. If the words were on coloured paper it was a bit better, but they still moved.
Print on a page would go blurry, move and change i.e. lines swapped around and then the lines tried to move out to the corners of the page. Then…the whole book moved too!
Was it just Irlen symptoms that were in play?
Although she had many Irlen symptoms, when I tried to find a suitable coloured overlay for her to see the print more clearly, I found I had to use larger print to get the best overlay result. Although it was only a year since she had had her vision checked, it had since changed.
There are so many changes happening in the brain, especially during the growing years. Therefore if your child is having reading difficulties it is important to have their vision checked once a year apart from having other tests like Irlen Screening and tutoring.
If you can’t see well either because of poor vision and/or Irlen symptoms - which affect your perceptual vision i.e. how the brain processes information, then school will be hard work!
This little girl would have continued to find school difficult without getting the right help and although she wanted to read now with all these symptoms happening, soon she would stop trying.
Once she has her vision corrected I’ll be able to check how the Irlen coloured overlay is still helping and then test her for the correct Irlen tint colours to be dyed into her vision lenses.
Then she will have hope, as the words will stay in place.
Her learning will be so much easier as she will be able to see correctly.