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James Billett – Visual Stress Consultant – Helping Others Perceive The World

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James Billett 

James was a Special Needs Co-ordinator in a  secondary school for more than 20 years.

James first trained with the Irlen Institute in 1990.

“When I made a career move from teaching A-level sociology to being responsible for special needs provision, which included what was then known as the remedial department, it became obvious that many children were confined to lower sets or failing to reach their potential through reading skill deficiencies.  Using multi-sensory reading schemes we found coloured overlays had  an immediate and  positive effect. Once the symptoms of Irlen Syndrome were eliminated students  were able to learn to read using the phonics method.”

James became an visual stress diagnostician in 1995. James left teaching to work privately in 2002.

Irlen Central England works with families, colleges, universities and government agencies across Britain and Europe. James travels extensively across Europe working with clients on the autistic spectrum.

In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family and  grandchildren. He is a keen gardener and plays the piano.

BA (Hons) (University of Leicester)

BA (Hons) Cert Ed. (University of Birmingham)

Diploma in the Psychology and Education of Children with Special Needs (University of London)

James also holds an advanced qualification from the Irlen Institute for working within the autistic spectrum.


James Billett I first met in the summer of 2012 for an appointment to fit my tinted lenses to help me with learning difficulties and sensory perceptual disorders  that I have within my Autism “Fruit Salad”.

What I like about James is that he is very person centred and takes into account these important aspects

  • Communication Profile
  • Sensory Profile
  • Sensory Difficulties/Learning Difficulties
  • Information Processing

I feel this opens the doors for integration, empowerment and trust within the appointment and also honesty and connectivity to explore your issues and what best works for you. I believe that James has a lot to give through this very positive ethos.

Life Through A Kaleidoscope

Life Through A Kaleidoscope


James is also the co-author of Life Through A Kaleidoscope his knowledge, ethos, humanity, calmness and empowerment bring a critical bonding and the “glue” between personal and professional points of view within the book, I could not of written this book without his knowledge this book is also inspired by the works of Donna Williams who has written extensively about Autism and sensory perceptual disorders.


James has brought light into the lives of people who were deemed not worthy (me included) of integration within the world of education, work and the community by building bridges of understanding this will help others understand others and so forth

Thanks James for what you do and the positivity you bring. 🙂

Paul Isaacs  2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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