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Research Projects

Introducing the Dyspraxia Foundation Research Panel

You may have seen emails and posts from the Dyspraxia Foundation inviting you to take part in research studies. But did you know that there’s a careful process to decide which studies we share with our members?

The Research Panel receives 8-12 requests each year from experienced and undergraduate researchers looking for help from the Dyspraxia Foundation to recruit study participants. This number is increasing year on year which is encouraging.

There is a formal application process, and applications are reviewed by a Research Panel of five members who are all experienced researchers. Two work in academia, three have lived experience of dyspraxia and three work in clinical practice.

To ensure that participation in a study would be a respectful use of members’ time, all applications are reviewed by members of the Panel before the information is shared via Dyspraxia Foundation channels. Panel members consider the following:

  • Does the study focus on an area likely to be of interest/concern to dyspraxic people?
  • Is the methodology sound and likely to lead to findings that can be trusted?
  • Do the researchers have appropriate experience and/or support to carry out the study?
  • Has ethical approval been given?
  • Is support available if participants have questions or are upset by taking part?

Feedback is provided to researchers and often additional information is requested. Whilst not all studies are supported, researchers often tell us that our feedback was very helpful.

Panel Members undertake their role on a voluntary basis, and providing quality feedback takes time. Applications are sometimes sent with very short timescales and whilst Panel members try to meet these deadlines, that’s not always possible.

Researchers are welcome to contact the Panel before submitting their applications. This can identify potential issues early and speed up the review process. The advice can also be offered to undergraduate researchers – who are often dyspraxic – as the Panel is keen to build research skills among the dyspraxic community.

We are particularly keen to encourage studies where there is an element of coproduction or consultation to support a move towards research ‘with’ rather than research ‘on’ dyspraxic people. We have recently helped a couple of researchers connect with our community to help develop their research proposal which is a welcome and positive move.

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Studies we are currently supporting

Eye Movement Behaviour during Reading in Individuals with and without DCD/Dyspraxia – University of Surrey

Participants will be asked to read a series of sentences on the computer. Whilst this occurs, an eye tracker will be used. Then you will be asked to take part in a short movement assessment. This will take place at the University of Surrey and take approx. 2hours. You will receive £30 in Amazon vouchers for your time. You can take part in this study if you:

  • Have Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia)
  • Are aged between 18 and 40 years old
  • Have normal/corrected to normal vision
  • Are a native English speaker
  • Do not have any primary diagnosis of ADHD, Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, or other reading disorders.

To find out more contact Jaye Somers

Road Crossing Experience of Children with ADHD and/or DCD from a Parent's Perspective

This study is being undertaken for a PhD qualification. Crossing the road can be a difficult task for all children, but we are particularly interested in how children with ADHD and/or DCD cope with crossing the road. The overall aim is to explore the perspectives of primary carers of children with ADHD and/or DCD in order to gather their experiences of pedestrian risks.

If you are a parent of a child with ADHD and/or DCD, or dyspraxia (not necessarily clinically diagnosed) We are keen to hear your lived experience of crossing the road with your child.
For further information please contact

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