We suspect that many of the children and adults who struggle to read will be suffering from one or more conditions which adversely affect reading, other aspects of life and behaviour.
Most of us are now aware of dyslexia, and then there obviously are conditions like poor eyesight and deafness. Not every school checks their pupils for these well-known conditions.
However, have you come across Sensory Integration issues, Retained Primitive Reflexes (RTR) and Irlen's Syndrome?? These also have very profound affects on pupils, but almost no checking is done, even though remedial actions are relatively straight-forward and cheap!!
Many of these conditions are related, and a pupil may exhibit elements from several conditions.
If you want to understand a little more about sensory integration issues, listen to this Charlotte Davies Ted Talk
What is Irlen Syndrome?
Irlen Syndrome (also Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome) is a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests.
Irlen Syndrome can affect many different areas, including:
- Academic and work performance
- Ability to sit still
"As many as one third of people diagnosed with attention deficit disorder may suffer from Irlen Syndrome".
You can read more on Irlen's Syndrome
Let's Talk reading is keen to trial screening of primary school pupils to find ways to deal with these conditions early in a pupil's education
Our first Trial into RTR was completed in December 2020 and is reported on in Resources