The Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants (AAIC) is an incorporated body of licensed Irlen Regional Directors, Clinic Directors, Diagnosticians and Screeners in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. All have a background in education, psychology, learning disabilities or professions associated in assisting people with Specific Learning Difficulties and Dyslexia. Members of the Association are licensed under the Irlen Institute in Long Beach, California, USA.
The AAIC is the professional body that all Regional Directors, Clinic Directors, Diagnosticians and many Irlen Screeners belong to. As members of the AAIC they are bound by the association's Code of Ethics. The objectives of the AAIC include the maintenance of high professional standards by its members and to promote Irlen throughout Australasia.
Regional and Clinic Directors are certified Irlen Diagnosticians who are responsible for various regions throughout Australasia.
Irlen Screeners are trained to complete the first assessment, the initial diagnosis (Irlen Screening), which will determine whether or not a client has Irlen Syndrome. Irlen Screeners are associated with the various Irlen Clinics that are situated throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
An Irlen Screener, having assessed a client, will make a recommendation as to whether or not the client should be referred on to the local Irlen Clinic for further diagnostic testing and the possible provision of Irlen Spectral Filter lenses.
Irlen clinicians have various backgrounds but all have a University degree as a minimum. This is usually in the “helping professions” such as education, nursing or medical or similar.
Those who work as screeners have undertaken a two day training course.
Diagnosticians undertake training under the mentorship of a regional director. Training is all in-house with final approval from Helen Irlen, founder of the Irlen Method, from the Irlen Institute based in California, USA.
All diagnosticians who are members of the AAIC are bound by a strict standard of ethics and procedures and have extensive experience in dealing with children. They have qualifications including a University degree in the fields of education, psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy or other education or medical related field. In order to become a diagnostician a screener has to be invited by a Regional Director and have undertaken a number of screening assessments.