A large percentage of the world population (15%-20%) suffer from visual processing disorder and are not aware of the fact at all. This disorder severely impairs an individual’s ability to function in general and socially, and especially in an educational setting, and accompanies the person throughout their lives.
Does the White Board Bother You?
What Does a Visual Processing Problem Mean?
This disorder is not considered an optical problem in the eye, but rather a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This means that the brain ineffectively processes one or more of the colors in the light ray, creating a distortion in the person’s visual perception. One of the most prominent symptoms among children with this disorder is that they are not able to process the color white at all. White colors immediately blind them, distorting their entire picture of reality. We will mention a few examples of cases that need solutions adapted to their needs based on the diagnostic results.
The influence of this inability to process the color white is expressed in educational frameworks when the student is unable to read a text from the page or write in a notebook, or write in a way that does not exhaust them. This is because the entire text looks like one big mixture attempting to drown him and drive him crazy. Reactions to these situations include impatience, anger, exhaustion and a basic inability to concentrate.
The Impact of a Visual Processing Disorder on the Student
- Light sensitivity: bothered by brightness, neon light, bright light, sunlight and sometimes lights at night.
- Focusing problems: difficulty focusing, especially when working in areas with bright lighting or neon lighting.
- Reading problems: slow and ineffective reading, impaired reading comprehension, over-exertion of the eyes, exhaustion, headaches, difficulty with math, letters on the page appear unclear, skipping words, difficulty in moving from line to line, preference to reading in dim light, slow and hesitant reading, losing their place when reading.
- Writing problems: uneven spacing between letters and words, size of letters is not uniform, writing across the page, from up to down or the opposite, many spelling mistakes.
The great challenge lies in the fact that these students are unable to express their frustration and they continue to grow up in a reality in which they cannot effectively incorporate themselves, due to their lack of essential tools.
One of the main methods that provides a worldwide solution in 48 countries to the challenges of visual processing disorder was discovered over 3 decades ago by Ms. Helen Irlen, an American educational therapist who researched and specialized in visual processing. She founded the Irlen method, which is based on using color filters that are individually fitted for each patient. The method has been used by millions of people all over the world.
The Color Series – Personally Adapted for Each Student
For the first time in the world, this series has been developed especially for this population, and is based on a page for writing that is adapted for those who suffer from the white brightness of the page. The Gnotebook VPD series, found in cooperation with Irlen Israel, as a helpful tool for those suffering from visual processing disorder. It is recommended by Irlen for students with sensitivities to light/white paper. The Gnotebook can be produced in the color of your choice via the website.
To read more about the Irlen method and the color series, click here