Video Games May Help Dyslexics
Test Tube Tuesday: Video Games Can Help Students!
By Joe Cook
Welcome back to the school year, students and parents! I can almost hear the groans and triumphant yells from students and parents respectively. Now that the kids are back in school, I have a question for you parents: did your kids spend way too much time playing video games this summer?
It’s okay, you can tell me, we’re friends. I won’t rat you out.
I’ll take your silence as a yes. Guess what—that may have actually helped them get more prepared for school!
No, you didn’t misread me, and, despite what you may think, the summer sun didn’t bake my poor brain. I’ll say it again: playing video games, especially those fast-paced, constantly shifting adventure games may have actually helped your student increase reading comprehension and literacy, especially if your student has dyslexia!
I feel your bemused smile. Don’t scoff at me. I can back it up.
A recent Oxford study linked dyslexia with a type of magnocellular issue where the brain has a difficult time interpreting fast moving optical stimuli. This same study proposed that the very video games that have been the bane of parents everywhere for a few decades, may actually help dyslexics improves cross-sensory skills.
The lead researcher, Harrar, proposed “that training people with dyslexia to shift attention quickly from visual to auditory stimuli and back — such as with a video game, where attention is constantly shifting focus — might also improve literacy.”
Still don’t believe me? Read the full research article here!