Updated 03/08/2013 01:31 PM
Study: Video games help students with dyslexia
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CHARLOTTE — Anyone who might think video games are bad for children, a new study may convince them to think otherwise. The research shows some video games may improve reading skills for dyslexic students.
"Technology is very useful in treating dyslexia whether it be from television or video games," said teacher Charlie Heard.
The experiment found that action-based video games improve literacy for students with dyslexia. The study discovered that a group of students who played the games for 80 minutes were able to read faster and more accurately.
"I think it shows that we are on a continuum of where we learn all day long," said Dawn Keller with the John Crosland School.
Educators with the school say the study contradicts the old adage that video games are bad for young brains.
"I'm looking at this study as kind of giving us the opening for exploring another tool," said Keller. "Maybe video games, well used, under controlled situations can help with that last component which is speeding up the process."
Researchers say it is still a good idea to monitor the amount of time kids are playing video games.