Home Health Parents News Now Video Games May Help Children with Dyslexia Video Games May Help Children with Dyslexia By Holly Lebowitz Rossi March 06, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB ellipsis More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comment shutterstock_121563367 30207 The small study, published online last week in Current Biology, involved two groups of 10 dyslexic children. One group played action video games for nine sessions of 80 minutes each, while the other followed the same routine with nonaction games. The researchers bought the games in retail stores and have no financial interest in any video game company. Age, I.Q., reading speed, error rates and phonological skills were similar in the two groups at the beginning of the study. The researchers measured the attention and reading skills of the children before and after the game sessions and then compared them. Those trained on the action games scored significantly higher than those who played the nonaction games by various measures: combined speed and accuracy, recognizing pseudo-words made of random letters, and reaction time. The action game players also scored higher on tests that measured attention by inserting distractions as the children tried to accomplish various visual and auditory tasks. Image: Teen playing video game, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB ellipsis More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comment Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Video Games May Help Children with Dyslexia Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.