I was first introduced to Irlen back in early 1990’s. I was a Learning Support teacher specialising in working with reading difficulties students and had attended a seminar about using PASS (pre-assessment for Irlen Syndrome). On returning to my school, I decided to trial it with those students who – no matter what programs were used – were struggling to develop literacy skills. To my amazement – a specific overlay placed over the student’s reading – produced a dramatic result and I was hooked! From then on, as part of my role I pre-screened all students who had been identified with reading difficulties and continued to be amazed at how a simple solution had such a profound effect.
Fast forward to 10 years later when I moved to the Gold Coast and had an opportunity to train as a Screener. I continued to screen students and refer them onto the local diagnostician for follow-up. Then the following year I moved to a new position as Head of a Special Education unit in the city of Ipswich and I continued to screen students and continue my advocacy for Irlen.
In 2014 – I retired from full time teaching and trained as a Diagnostician, working from home as well as undertaking casual teaching roles.
In 2021 – with the growth in the number of clients I decided to work full-time as a Diagnostician and in November with the retirement of the Regional Director I was invited to take over her role!!
I now have the opportunity to grow my practice and reach out to those in my regions and provide them with the opportunity to learn about Irlen and discover how it will help them and their families.
Mobile Screening Provider:
Nicole is a Primary and Secondary Teacher (Bachelor of Education) and was Head of Department for Student Support at a private school in Toowoomba. She has years of tutoring experience and over 14+ years of homeschooling experience, and in supporting homeschooling families. Nicole has three older teenagers – one with Irlen Syndrome who also has ASD, ADHD and anxiety. Nicole is now assessing students and adults for Irlen Syndrome in the Toowoomba and surrounding areas. She is also willing to travel to schools – including independent, private & state schools in both regional and remote areas, to carry out irlen Screenings.
Nicole is also a Registered Nursing student, and a birth doula. She resides with her family in Toowoomba, QLD.
I am an Intensive Care Specialist, which on face value has little to do with visual and perceptual processing disorders. However, on a personal level, Irlen Syndrome came to my attention when my daughter’s struggles with reading and hand-eye coordination disappeared with the application of Irlen spectral filters. Having witnessed the astounding change in my own child, I became an Irlen Screener to join a small but growing number of screeners to lessen the pain of daily life for others struggling with Irlen syndrome.
Frances joined the growing team of Irlen Screeners in 2022. She is based in Chinchilla, but is willing to travel to towns within an hour’s drive of her home (eg. Tara, Dalby) if there are 3 or more people who need screening. Frances has degrees in both Speech Pathology and Education (Early Childhood), and has worked in a variety of roles including Learning Support and tutoring. She has also experienced 15 months of home schooling her two youngest children, one of whom was diagnosed with Irlen Syndrome in 2022. As a prep student, the coloured overlay has made the difference between painfully sounding every word, and tiring rapidly, to being able to automatically decode words and recognise words she has previously read.
Frances is also a registered instructor in the LEM phonics program and has a website providing an online version of the training for this program: https://abcd-literacy.com/ She is currently working on developing tutoring materials for 8-80 year olds who failed to click to reading in their first 3 years of school. She is passionate about literacy, and has tutored students of all ages. Frances is looking forward helping both children and adults who experience Irlen syndrome to discover the transformational power of coloured filters. It is incredible that studies have identified around 50% of students with reading difficulties can be helped by Irlen overlays or filters.
To contact Frances about more information or an appointment for an Irlen screening:
Rosemary Ruthven has been an accredited Irlen Screener since 2007 and currently lives in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. Rosemary is a Reading and Dyslexia Specialist, retired MSL Educational Therapist, and the Creator of the NESA accredited series of courses for the Professional Development of teachers called Structured Literacy ABC. https://www.rosemaryruthven.com.au/workshops. Rosemary did her undergraduate studies in English and Linguistics at Macquarie University and her post-graduate studies in the United States including a Masters of Science in the teaching of reading. To read more about Rosemary and her experience as both a Teacher and Educational Consultant, please go to: https://www.rosemaryruthven.com.au/about-rosemary.
Rosemary resides in the Kingscliff area of Northern NSW. To book an Irlen Screening with Rosemary, please contact her through her website. https://www.rosemaryruthven.com.au/contact or Mobile: 0429040658.
Hi my name is Lucy Brown and I have been an accredited Irlen Screener since 2019. I currently live on the beautiful Redlands Coast in South East Queensland with my family. Along with Irlen Screening, I am also a Specialist Arts Teacher in a small school for young people with Autism based in Brisbane.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and have worked in education for over 30 years. Predominantly within special education supporting and teaching both adults and children with a variety of differing learning needs.
When I discovered Irlen towards the end of 2018, as a visual artist and teacher it all made sense to me how the power of colour can change lives. I was excited to complete my Irlen Screener training so I could support and help others.
It was during my training that I discovered I have Irlen Syndrome. I had struggled since childhood with speed reading, I would see rivers running down the page and become fatigued quickly. It was such a great relief and incredibly emotional when an Irlen coloured overlay was placed over the page. I felt a deep calmness and suddenly my reading rate increased. I was even more grateful to receive my Irlen lenses. Our youngest daughter also now has Irlen lenses and they have made a huge difference to our lives.
If you or a family member would like to be screened please don’t hesitate to get in contact.