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The Australasian Association of Irlen Consultants, NZ Chapter (AAIC-NZ) is an incorporated body of licensed Irlen Diagnosticians and Screeners in New Zealand. We come under the umbrella of the AAIC which includes Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia. All our members have a background in education, optometry, 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-NZ is the professional body that all Irlen Diagnosticians and many Irlen Screeners belong to. As members of the AAIC-NZ they are bound by the association’s Code of Ethics. The objectives of the AAIC-NZ include the maintenance of high professional standards by its members and to promote Irlen throughout Australasia.
Clinic Directors are certified Irlen Diagnosticians who are responsible for various regions throughout New Zealand.
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, having assessed a client, make a recommendation as to whether or not the client should be referred on to their local Irlen Clinic for further diagnostic testing and the possible provision of Irlen Spectral Filter lenses. Irlen screeners have various backgrounds but all have a University degree as a minimum. This is usually in the “helping professions” such as education, optometry, nursing, medical or similar. Those who work as screeners have undertaken a three day training course with the National Director of Irlen New Zealand.
Diagnosticians undertake training under the mentorship of the National 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.