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The Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants (AAIC)

The Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants (AAIC) is the professional body that many Regional Directors, Clinic Directors, Diagnosticians and Irlen Screeners across Australia and New Zealand belong to. As members of the AAIC they are bound by the association’s Code of Ethics, and meet the strict qualification and training criteria set by the Irlen Institute in California. All Irlen practitioners must be approved to train by the committee of the AAIC, based on their qualifications and experience and undertake an interview. Final approval is made by Helen Irlen in the U.S.

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 and New Zealand.

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 provision of Irlen Spectral Filter lenses.

Those who work as screeners have undertaken a two day training course, but also have a minimum of a Bachelor Degree or have extensive work experience, in helping children or adults with learning difficulties or similar background.

Diagnosticians undertake training under the mentorship of a regional director and must have worked as a screener and undertaken a number of screenings prior to being accepted to train. Training is all in-house with final approval from Helen Irlen, founder of the Irlen Method, from the Irlen Institute based in California, USA.