Helping Students with Irlen Syndrome
Colored overlays for reading have been shown to help students with Irlen Syndrome see words more clearly when looking at a book. Colored overlays can also help your students read faster and reduce the stress and fatigue they felt with their visual stress before they used the colored overlays for reading.
Basically, once you do the assessment, you will know which overlays work best for your student. Then, when the student is reading any black print on a white page, she will place the colored overlay, which looks like a colored transparency, over the words. You will want to ask your student questions the first few times she uses the colored overlay such as, "Are the words blurry with the blue overlay over the print?" "Are the words still moving?" "Does it look better with the color over the words or worse?"
Some students will want to use colored overlays because they are "pretty" or they want to be like their friends who use them, so this is why you will want to ask the student questions to check that the method is working and actually helping a student with Irlen Syndrome.
Colored overlays for reading are a simple and inexpensive solution to a problem that can hurt students' reading and language development for many years if the problem is not diagnosed and treated.