Dyslexia, Brain, ADD and Irlen Syndrome: Scotopic Sensitivity Case Report
Posted Sep 16 2008 4:59am
ADD Diagnostics: SPECT findings of ADD were confirmed by psychological testing - but Irlen Syndrome findings arise only from a careful history. And the treatment? - Colored glasses... read on.
Presenting problems with a recent SPECT review of an accomplished professional [with significant occupational reading requirements] included severe dyslexia, ADD and depression.
We could see and report the ADD and depression findings easily on SPECT scans, and those symptoms were present in the history from youth. Stimulant and antidepressant medications had helped, and presenting symptoms significantly improved as a result of a number of interventions, - including a gluten free diet recommended by our nutritionist colleague Kelly Dorfman. Neuropsychological testing by our colleague Bill Stixrud, PhD, confirmed dyslexia and ADD.
But severe dyslexic symptoms persisted, are not specifically discernible on SPECT, and included:
The feeling of having to force concentration to keep the eyes on the words.
Bilateral vision and depth perception issues only overcome by closing one eye.
I have made this diagnosis with several difficult children and adults, and the corrective, yes colored glasses, have proven remarkably successful. Results may vary, but Irlen Syndrome is more than a belief system.