Attention and concentration problems are seen in children at school but adults can also have difficulties in this area. Often the environment in which they work has a major impact with the main factors being fluorescent lighting, computer screens and glare. As many as a third of those identified with AD(H)D may be mislabelled and can be helped with the Irlen Method. Rather than using medication, the Irlen Method is a non-invasive treatment using colour-based technology.
Adults in the workplace may suffer from poor concentration and need to take frequent breaks from working on the computer or paperwork or need to change activities a lot. Examples of difficulties include:
- Problems completing work and concentrating during reading computer work, listening and observing, tests, and examinations; this is a problem for students but also adults in the workplace
- Problems starting work
- Difficulty staying on task and finishing a piece of work
- Stress while working
- Changes in mood, especially under fluorescent lighting
Thousands of children and adults are classified as being difficult, lazy, lacking in motivation or having behaviour problems. In many cases they are working harder than others because they have to deal with the distortions and physical symptoms cause by Irlen Syndrome. There act as a barrier to learning and achievement.