Dyslexia Quest

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Vicki Windman, Common Sense Media
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Yeti-themed games assess memory and listening skills.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn where they struggle with working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual sequencing memory, auditory sequential memory, and visual memory. As they climb to the top of the Yeti Mountain, they go through six skill-based areas: remembering numbers forward and backward; listening to directions as they have to swipe, spin, and pull various objects; typing letter sounds; and so on. Each task requires kids to pay attention and listen to the directions given by the Yeti Master. Though Dyslexia Quest does not directly instruct around any particular area, it helps kids identify where they struggle and gives them targeted practice to improve.

Ease of Play

Clear directions are given throughout the app. You can bypass the overall directions after you've played the app a few times. 

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You're instructed to slide a goat off a cliff during one of the games, but the fall and impact are not included, and the goat reappears for the next activity.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know Dyslexia Quest is designed to help assess your child's memory and listening skills. It is divided into six areas that each take about 10 minutes to play. If you have a child who struggles with distractibility, it may be best to play this app in increments to get the best results. Activities are divided into three age groups: 7 to 10, 11 to 16, and 17 and up. The goal is to assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual sequential memory, and visual memory. Upon completion of each adventure, you're given scores and details about your strengths and weaknesses. Kids can continue to work within the app to help improve any areas of weakness.

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What's it about?

DYSLEXIA QUEST uses games to assess a child's strengths and weakness in the following areas: working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual sequential order, auditory sequential memory, and visual memory. Clear directions are given by "Yeti Master," who takes kids through each quest and leads them to the top of the mountain where they can collect each Yeti. Progress through each game is tracked through a series of coins: A coin flips over when each question is answered, right or wrong. When a kid gives an incorrect answer, the answer turns red and gameplay continues. Score reports show kids' strengths and weaknesses with an explanation of each category, and the reports can be emailed to a teacher or therapist. Upon completion of the six areas tested, the child can go back and practice weak areas.

Is it any good?

Dyslexia Quest covers quite a bit of cognitive territory for a variety of ages, and the games are challenging, though they can run a bit long. The Yeti Master is a fun, creative guide, and the three adventures will keep kids' interest. Play is fun, it's easy for kids to follow along, and the reports allow parents to see kids' areas of strength and weakness. If you need an informal assessment tool or want kids to practice specific skills, Dyslexia Quest is a comprehensive and engaging option.

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  • Families can talk about following directions and have kids practice following them in the order given. You can give your kid a short string of age-appropriate instructions and see how many they can remember without a reminder -- for example, put your shoes away, hang up your sweater, and wash your hands.

  • Have kids practice saying numbers backward and forward or spelling words backward and omitting letters.

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