Dyslexia or Irlen Syndrome?
Dyslexia is a phonologically-based language learning disability that is best helped by an Orton-Gillingham approach for reading, writing, and spelling. Marcia is certified in the Susan Barton Program, and has seen remarkable progress with her students--in-person and online--since adding it to Positive Learning Solutions LLC in 2018. Irlen Syndrome, a lesser-known condition that usually interferes with reading and reading comprehension in children, is a perceptual processing problem that is neurologically-based. It is light sensitivity that causes a reader to lose place, become visually fatigued, need to re-read for comprehension, and other possible symptoms. Often the reader sees distortions of print or in the background. these individuals may get headaches and migraines, dizziness, nauseousness or stomachaches, in addition to the eye strain. Although these two conditions often co-exist-- both contributing to reading and learning struggles, and have been confused as being the same--a full Irlen Screening test is very helpful and necessary to remove the symptoms associated with Irlen Syndrome. With this barrier to reading and learning removed, reading tutoring and instruction becomes more successful. The Barton Program has taken the best of the Orton-Gillingham methods and offers a multi-sensory approach that helps reluctant, struggling readers of all ages.