Anderson Children's Foundation

Palm Springs USD

Palm Springs Unified School District

Scotopic Sensitivity Training (2018-2019)

Palm Springs Unified School District is committed to providing opportunities for all students to achieve academic excellence. As a result of the Anderson grant funding, 24 educators will be participating in a two day training to learn a screening method that identifies struggling readers and provides interventions.

Educators will be trained to screen for Scotopic Sensitivity/Irlen Syndrome (SSS), a perceptual problem that affects performance in all academic areas, particularly reading. SSS is not detected or identified by standard educational, visual, or medical tests. Students with SSS may have slow and inefficient reading, strain, fatigue, or poor reading comprehension. Writing, copying, math and/or computer use can also be affected. Students may be viewed as underachievers with behavioral, attitudinal, or motivational problems. Symptoms include light sensitivity, poor achievement, reading difficulties, poor attention and concentration, discomfort or fatigue when reading, headaches, and poor depth perception.

SSS affects approximately 10-14 percent of the general population. Trained screeners will be able to provide the appropriate colored overlay(s) to students resulting in better reading fluency, comprehension, accuracy, motivation, and academic performance while reducing strain and fatigue symptoms. Screeners will be provided with a supply of protocols and overlays to use when working with students. They will also learn specific modifications and strategies to share with staff at their school sites to improve student academic performance. SSS is a Tier 1 intervention and accepted by the California Department of Education for state testing.