Enabling Effective Visual Processing
Located in Rockford, Rhythm Occupational Therapy provides Irlen Syndrome Screenings for children, adolescents, and adults.
Irlen Syndrome is a visual processing problem that results in overstimulation of the visual cortex, the part of the brain responsible for processing what we see. Due to being a sensory processing problem rather than a vision problem, Irlen Syndrome is not identified through standard optometric or educational assessments. The processing differences and severity of Irlen Syndrome vary from one person to another and can give rise to a variety of different symptoms.
The most common symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are:
Irlen Syndrome is most often inherited, though it can also occur as a result of a concussion or head injury, and it is common among people with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.
Similar to other sensory processing challenges, Irlen Syndrome is not a medical diagnosis in itself. Nevertheless, Irlen Syndrome can be screened for and the symptoms can be alleviated using individualized colored overlays or Irlen® Spectral Filters worn as eyeglasses or contacts.