JOSEPH, Ore., Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/--
Millions of children and adults around the world cope with Irlen Syndrome - the
inability of the brain to process certain light waves, or colors. The condition
falls on a spectrum from mild to severe with symptoms that can include
difficulty with reading and math, sensitivity to light, headaches,
stomachaches, dizziness, inability to focus, clumsiness and poor sports
performance. While approximately half of those with this condition acquire it
genetically, it can also be caused by brain injuries, high fevers, and viruses.
The Word Gobblers, a handbook for parents and teachers working with children
who struggle to read, addresses these problems and offers simple and immediate
modifications to ease or overcome them, plus long term-solutions. The book
contains a questionnaire concerning symptoms and behaviors, and uses
interactive exercises on a variety of colored paper to help a parent or teacher
discover if a child might have this condition.
Children who are poor readers or poor in sports are often teased or bullied,
resulting in feelings of shame or low self-worth. The Word Gobblers
the medically-based reason why some children and adults struggle to
read and write, or display inappropriate behaviors, and compares the inability
of the body to digest certain foods such as strawberries or peanuts with the
inability of the brain to interpret certain wavelengths of light.
Beautifully illustrated by Joan Gilbert, The Word Gobblers shows children,
through the images of mischievous Gobblers who munch, crunch, and scrunch
numbers, letters and words that they are not at fault. Images of smiley faces
in green and orange help children see they are not alone by showing that 1 in
6, 10 in 60, and 100 in 600 have this same condition.
In the Forward, Founder and Director of the Irlen Institute (https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=3317248-1&h=2952967879&u=https%3A%2F%2Firlen.com%2Fabout-irlen-institute%2F&a=Irlen+Institute), Helen L. Irlen, explains the discovery of Irlen Syndrome and the progress made in treating it. The Irlen Method for treating this condition has received
national and international media attention.
The Library Journal review concludes: "VERDICT: A helpful volume for parents,
caregivers, and teachers of children who struggle with reading."
Recently, Betsy Wurzel of Passionate Worldwide Talk Radio interviewed Matthias
for her blog "Talking with Betsy": https://bit.ly/3C5EDnl.
Author Catherine Matthias
is a Certified Irlen Syndrome Screener and published author of six early
reader picture books.
Published by Square One Publishers
(https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&l=en&o=3317248-1&h=3041959748&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.squareonepublishers.com%2FTitle%2F9780757005022&a=Published+by+Square+One+Publishers), New York. ISBN 978-0-7570-0502-2. $15.95.
SOURCE: Catherine Matthias, Author
CONTACT: Catherine Matthias