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Topic: Irlen syndrome -visual stress  (Read 3205 times)

Offline tinyhands

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Irlen syndrome -visual stress
on: April 01, 2017, 01:30:44 PM
Hello for many years now I have always struggled reading very slightly , I lose my place easily, feel like I need to go back and re read lines and feel the words often  jump about the page or the words flicker and sometimes they have a wobble or a shadow about them. I would also get sore heads. I do wear glasses but this always happened even when I wear them. I've only started playing again as an adult in the last few years and notice when I am playing more advanced pieces and I have found pieces in different book editions, I find some versions much easier to read than others depending on the style of print or the whiteness of the paper. If a piece has a lot of incidentals or rests (especially crochet rests) I feel the notes can jump about the page or I find it really hard to concentrate and keep track.  It was my teacher that suggested I may have Irlen syndrome and suggested copying my music onto coloured paper or using a coloured film over the top of my music. This has helped enormously, it kind of cancels out the background white and doesn't make the black so sharp and I don't get the heavy shadows on the page.
Just thought this may be of interest to others who may have found a similar problem. I always thought I just had bad concentration. It's good finally to realise it is a real problem and there are practices to help with it.

Offline thirtytwo2020

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Re: Irlen syndrome -visual stress
Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 11:12:50 AM
What an amazing teacher you have! I become very happy when I read things like this. :)

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