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An Experimental Study Of Scotopic Sensitivity Irlen Syndrome In Learning Disabled Students, Kathleen Hickam Farber Jan 1994

An Experimental Study Of Scotopic Sensitivity Irlen Syndrome In Learning Disabled Students, Kathleen Hickam Farber

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This study examined the effect on reading performance of a controversial treatment for a dysfunction of visual perception known as Scotopic sensitivity/lrlen Syndrome. The treatment, referred to as spectral modification, involved the use of colored transparent overlays for reading by four elementary school children in their actual school environments. The diagnostic, prescriptive and remediation procedures used in this study were originally developed by Helen Irlen, a California psychologist and researcher. Irlen conceptualized Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome as a difficulty in visual processing of the printed page when perceived through full spectrum light. Spectral modification techniques were considered controversial in that ...