Great games for children with dyslexia
As mother to a child with dyslexia and cerebral palsy, my heart breaks at least once a day from the many challenges she faces. I search constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, for products, therapies, and interventions that may help her. One of the things we love to do together is play board games. It is especially fun when we play with friends or relatives. The heartbreaking part is when my child has difficulty reading the cards that usually are part of most games. Take Apples-to-Apples from Mattel for instance. It is a hilarious game that is great to play with a bunch of people. Unfortunately, when you have trouble reading, it can be embarrassing. I purchased the Junior version which helped since it is geared toward a younger audience. Then, my daughter found the game PicWits! by Mindware. It is just like Apples-to-Apples but the only card you need to read is the one everyone gets to see. Normally, in our competitive family, as soon as the card is turned over, everyone shouts it out – so no more embarrassing moments. The cards in your hand are pictures. This is great because she doesn’t have to read them or ask someone who is not playing to read them for her.
I strongly recommend either version of Apples-to-Apples or PicWits! for family game night. If you have a child with slight reading challenges, I would lean toward Apples-to-Apples Junior.
If those challenges are more severe then go the PicWits! route.
If you know other great games for children with dyslexia, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.