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Reading by the Colors

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As seen on "60 Minutes" -- overcoming dyslexia and other reading disabilities through the Irlen Method.
Paperback, 195 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Perigee Trade
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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About 15 years ago I was having dinner with some new friends and it somehow came up that I get headaches from reading because the white spaces on the page bother my eyes. The wife of the family was a screener for the Irlen Syndrome, and she offered me a free screening. Learning about the "rivers effect" (as shown on page 40 of this book) absolutely struck me--that is exactly what the printed page looks like when I read, and I had no idea it was not a normal effect. Reading with the turquoise ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a loan from my Physical Therapist, when talking about our mutual love of reading she said she preferred audio books because of her reading disability. In addition to slight dyslexia, she has SSS, a condition I wasn't familiar with even though I'd heard about the use of colored filters.

That helped her and she loaned me this book about the Irlen Method for treating Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome and other reading disabilities. I now wonder how many people in my life who've struggled with
Keith Swenson
Apr 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty disappointed by this. Currently dealing with a child who *might* have a problem with reading. This book was recommended by a doctor that we trust.

However, this book is primarily a marketing vehicle for the Irlen Institute. Alternative medicines always discuss how the mainstream medicine ignores them, or puts them down. Irlen claims that the "media" has focused on the negative, without stating clearly what negative they focus on, nor why that is inappropriate. However surely most of us
Fiona Taskis
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book written by Helen Irlen about the Irlen method. It provides some fantastic examples of the distortions caused by visual stress. In conjunction with this book I also recommend Helen's "The Irlen Revolution". For information about empirical scientific studies I highly recommend Professor Arnold Wilkin's book "Reading through colour" (2003) - his book provides a review of research undertaken in the field of visual stress up to 2003. A list of reference of scholarly literature ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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The author makes it very clear that the Irlen method is not an alternative approach to learning to read. It offers this method as a treatment for people with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, which is a visual processing disorder of due to sensitivity to certain wavelengths of light. This book provided hope--but that is perhaps because we have already had the screening done and seen firsthand that a simple tool of the right colored overlays can improve the symptoms. Well-organized and realistic ...more
Rachel Robins
As a teacher, I need to know about diagnosing and helping children with this condition. This gave me a bit of good information, but it was mainly about the Ireln method and that only Ireln-certified people can diagnose. I live nowhere near any of their institutes, so clearly, I see have research to do.
Jul 09, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book did nothing but let the author pompously state in various ways what problems there are (Could 've taken 1 chapter for that) and then how their system will fit in but never offers any real suggestions or help. The only thing this book does is try to convince you that you need to go and spend a lot of money at one of her clinics. Seriously, this was a big waste of my time!
Kim Davison
A very interesting theory which may help some children dramatically. But still considered controversial.
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