During a recent conference with parents I mentioned that I had noticed their child’s fluency improved when a colored overlay had been placed on the text he was reading. I showed them what I used.

The mother’s reaction was profound. “I never realized that print could look this clear!” she proclaimed. “I’ve struggled with reading just the way I now see my son struggling.”

Knowing that sensitivity to certain lightwaves—especially those produced by fluorescent blubs often found in schools—can be inherited, I explained that Irlen overlays may provide some relief.

If you or your child tire easily when reading, sense that letters seem to move on the page, find white pages or computer screens too bright, or get headaches while reading, you may wish to find more information at irlen.com.

Illustration © Susan Y. Hoffman 2017

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