Meares Irlen

Meares Irlen Assessment

Visual Stress is also known as Meares-Irlen, named after the two researchers who first discovered the connection between white page "glare" and reading difficulties in the early 1980s. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people in the UK have some form of visual stress

Put simply, people who have Visual Stress see the page differently because of distortions of the print or white background, however they can read with much greater ease if they cover a print with a specially treated coloured overlay.

Screening can help to identify which colour is most beneficial and the colours used have been chosen to cover the full spectrum in different combinations.

Do you have a child that is struggling to learn to read, yet perhaps appears to learn well in other areas?

Do they:

• Experience problems copying from the board or page.
• Skip words or lines when reading.
• Experience increased difficulty after an initial period of about 10 minutes.
• Keep moving their head or body position, or move closer to, or further away from the page.
• Read slowly and haltingly and have difficulty absorbing information
• Track with the finger.
• Yawn while reading and writing.
• Frequently rub their eyes.
• Have poor coordination skills and struggle to catch/kick a ball.
• Progressed well initially, but in KS2, progression has slowed (this can be due to difficulty reading smaller text sizes)

If you have a pupil who meets two or more of the above statements, we can provide a full assessment. 

Should the child be identified as having Visual Perception issues, a full report will be compiled detailing the simple steps that can be taken in school and at home to resolve the difficulties.

Testing will take approximately one hour and a full report will be forwarded to the school within 48 hours. The cost is £30 per child with each child thereafter £25.00.

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Alison Sheldon at Sporting Start, 07738 621472,