Runs on coffee, organization and love, from sunup to sundown. Responsible for taking care of everyone else, whether kid or fur babies, clients or friends, so she always puts herself last.
But that headache she keeps getting that is slowing her down? It might be Irlen Syndrome! Take a self-test to find out.
IRLEN SYNDROME IS A COMMON PERCEPTUAL PROCESSING DISORDER, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED OR MISSED BY HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS
As busy moms, we often fail to take care of ourselves. You’ve probably got so much on your plate that you hardly have time to notice the warning signs of Irlen Syndrome in yourself, but it’s worth a few seconds to check out the list below to see if you’ve been putting up with unnecessary challenges and pain in your life:
- You’re bothered by bright and fluorescent lights in stores, offices, or your child’s classroom
- An afternoon in the sun on the soccer-field sideline sends you home with a headache
- You avoid reading your child’s school assignments because it’s difficult or uncomfortable
- Turning left in front of oncoming traffic is a terrifying experience because it’s hard to judge the distance of the oncoming traffic
- Computer screens are uncomfortably bright to look at or give you a headache
These are just a few of the many ways Irlen Syndrome can make a busy mom’s life harder than it needs to be!
MORE ABOUT IRLEN SYNDROME
It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by standardized educational, psychological, optometric, or medical tests. This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. Irlen Syndrome is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance.
SIGNS OF IRLEN SYNDROME
- Light Sensitivity
- Reading Problems
- Headaches and Migraines
- Attention and Concentration Problems
- Strain and Fatigue
- Problems with Depth Perception
- Print or Environmental Distortions
WHO IS AFFECTED?
Irlen Syndrome is present in a variety of populations, including individuals identified with reading and learning difficulties, low motivation, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), discipline problems, headaches and migraines, autism, and traumatic brain injury. While more common in populations with specific difficulties, such as reading problems and ADHD, even gifted and highly successful individuals can be impacted by this issue – often working harder and suffering more than necessary to succeed.
IRLEN BY THE NUMBERS
- 14 % General population
- 46% Individuals with reading or learning difficulties, including dyslexia
- 35% Individuals who have suffered TBI or concussion
- 33% Individuals on the autism spectrum
- 33% Individuals with attention and concentration problems, including ADHD
- Individuals with medically resistant headaches and migraines (incidence data not yet available)