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Traumatic Brain Injury

The effects of head injuries are most often classified into three categories: physical, cognitive, and behavioural.

The physical effects of head injuries include such symptoms as:

Headaches and/or migraines


Loss of motor speed and coordination

Presence of abnormal movement such as tremors and spasticity

Cognitive changes involve:

Disorders of attention, concentration and memory

Problems with understanding or producing speech

Difficulties with initiating and planning daily activities

Poor reasoning and judgment

The behavioural effects include:

Agitation and irritability

Verbal and physical aggressiveness



Difficulty with interpersonal relationships

Individuals who have suffered a head injury endure physical, cognitive, social and vocational changes that can affect them for a short period of time or permanently.

For many, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in significant sensitivity to light, glare, contrast, bright colours, patterns and an inability to maintain attention and concentration. The Irlen Method may eliminate or improve these difficulties and improve ability to function.


How the Irlen Method Helps the Effects of Head Injuries

Damage to the brain makes it vulnerable to external stressors like light. Offensive wave lengths of light create extreme stress on the brain that affects many physical, cognitive and emotional areas of function. Filtering offensive wave lengths of light with the Irlen Method can allow the brain to function more normally and helps it heal. Colour calms the brain and reduces stress on the central nervous system.

Reported improvements with the use of Irlen Spectral Filters include:


Motor coordination

Body tremors


Seizure activity

Word retrieval

Communication ability

Significant reduction in anxiety and irritability

Most changes occur within a short period of time.

Irlen clients with traumatic brain injuries who received Irlen Coloured Lenses made steady improvements in areas where change had not previously occurred. Many Irlen clients reported improvements even years after the injury and after a variety of unsuccessful therapies.

Colour protects the brain from further stress and allows healing to take place. The longer those with head injuries wear their Irlen Spectral Filters, the greater the increase in normal cognitive, behavioural and academic function.

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