What are Dyslexia Games?
Dyslexia Games is a method of dyslexia therapy created by Sarah Janisse Brown to help children who struggle with symptoms of dyslexia, as well as ADHD, ASD, and other learning issues. The books use art and logic to “reprogram the brain” by gradually helping children shift from using the right side to the left to process letters, numbers, and finally, words.
Which Series of Dyslexia Games should I order?
Choose the correct series based on your child’s age and reading level:
Series A: Ages 5-8 (for new and non-readers)
Series B: Ages 8-12 (for struggling readers)
Series C: Ages 10-adult (for spelling, speed, focus, and comprehension)
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Does my child need to do the books in order?
Yes. It’s important to start with Book 1 of the Series your child is using and to finish each book before starting the next.
Can my child skip around in the book?
No. The pages should be done in the order in which they appear in the book as they “build on” the previous page.
How many pages should my child do every day?
Your child should complete 2-4 pages a day. Start with 2-3 pages and add a 4th if they request it. Cut back if they become visually overstimulated.
What should my child use to complete the puzzles?
It’s recommended that your child use a smooth, black pen, preferably a gel pen, to create a smooth transition between the printed logic puzzle and the child’s work.
How does my child complete the puzzles?
Your child will use logic to determine what’s missing in each puzzle, then use a gel pen to draw in the missing parts or complete the patterns.
Should I point out mistakes my child makes while working the puzzles?
Yes. Ask your child to look over the page carefully and see if they notice anything that needs to be done differently. This will encourage your child to look for their own mistakes. If they don’t seem to recognize that the puzzle(s) are incorrect, gently correct them by asking, “Do you think you should try doing it this way instead?” or something similar. If possible, print out a copy of the puzzle to work yourself (two if your child wants to redo theirs) and have your child follow your example.
My child wants to erase and correct mistakes. How do they do this using a gel pen?
There are erasable gel pens now if there are concerns that your child will want to erase and correct mistakes. 5B pencils also work well.
Should my child color the puzzles?
Once the puzzles are completed and missing parts are drawn, your child can color them if they would like.
When should my child do Dyslexia Games?
While Dyslexia Games can be completed at any point during the day, many parents have their children do the games before beginning other school work as the puzzles help with focus and concentration.
What subject is Dyslexia Games?
Language Arts primarily. It also includes art, math, creative thinking, problem-solving, and handwriting.
Should my child continue their current Language Arts curriculum while using Dyslexia Games?
If your child is using Series A, it is recommended they discontinue using all other Language Arts materials, including reading. Parents should read to their children often and if the child wants to try to read, allow them, but stop if it’s causing any stress or anxiety.
If your child is using Series B, stop other Language Arts curriculum, but they may read for other subjects as necessary. With Series C there is no need to stop other curricula; however, since Spelling is included in each series, there is no need for any additional Spelling curriculum.
If I purchase the printed books, do I also receive the PDFs?
No, PDFs should be purchased separately.
Are there printed instructions?
Basic instructions are printed near the front of every book and PDF.
Will I need to help my child with Dyslexia Games?
Sit with your child and give guidance for the first few pages if necessary. After that, your child should be able to easily complete the pages on their own as they tap into their creativity and problem solving skills. The puzzles are logic based, intuitive, and creative, so most children are able to work on them independently.
What do I do if my child resists doing Dyslexia Games?
One of the best ways to get children to cooperate with school work is to be an example. Print out your own copies of the puzzles and sit down beside your child to work the pages with them.
Are Dyslexia Games only for children with dyslexia?
Dyslexia Games are great for children of all ages (and adults) with dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, and other learning issues, as well as those without. We’ve had thousands of children with all kinds of educational needs use Dyslexia Games.
What skills does Dyslexia Games help with?
Dyslexia Games help with multiple skills including: letter recognition; reading; tracking; distinguishing left, right, up, and down; memory; focus; attention to detail; problem-solving; handwriting and fine motor skills; spelling; art; logic; and help to “wake up the brain.”
How does my child complete the Word Hunt book?
Your child will go on a “scavenger hunt” and look through books, magazines, or around the house on cereal boxes, etc., to find words with the specified number of letters. If your child is struggling to find words or needs more creative ways to hunt for words, try taking the book along as you go for a walk, in the car, or to the grocery store or other shopping excursions!