Inattentive disorders, rushing through activities and lack of ability to concentrate on tasks are often diagnosed as ADD/ADHD.
These behaviours can be common in many children with Irlen syndrome who present in this way simply because they find it disorienting and often physically uncomfortable to look at visual activities due to visual distortions.
Signs which may indicate Irlen syndrome include:
- Inability to look at a visual task for more than a few seconds
- Fidgeting and physical agitation when reading or doing visually oriented activities
- Easily distracted when reading or writing
- Problems staying on task
- Despite telling a child to focus/stay on task – they just cannot do it
Irlen spectral filters can significantly assist around one in three children with inattentive disorders and make it easier for them to visually concentrate on tasks.
This is not a panacea for behavioural issues, but may be a contributing factor particularly with strained visual concentration. Medical advice is recommended to investigate other issues which may be contributing to behaviour and to manage these appropriately.