Teachers can help
Identify children with Irlen Syndrome because they know which students struggle with reading. If you are a teacher or parent, you may notice the following behaviours when a child is reading
- The child squirms as they read, often changing the direction of their head or the book.
- The child seems to overlook words as they read, skipping them either partially or entirely.
- Child may squint or move closer to the book in an effort to see the words.
- The child adds words to their reading, or changes the words to others that mean the same, but are completely different.
- The child looks away from the words frequently as they read. This is an effort to refocus and stop the movement of words.
- Reading becomes more difficult for the child the longer they are reading.
- They will seem tired and unable to concentrate fairly early on when reading.
If you are a teacher and you suspect a child may have Irlen Syndrome, contact Brainy Picture People to arrange for Irlen screening.