Supporting individuals and families affected by dyspraxia/DCD


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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

Investigating coordinated movement

We are looking for individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia) between 18-60 years.

We will use 3D motion capture and eye tracking technology to measure your body and eye movements when performing everyday tasks such as walking and climbing stairs.

You will also complete a movement assessment and an on-line questionnaire. This study will last approximately 2 hours at takes place at Brunel University.

You will receive £40 in Amazon vouchers for your time + reasonable travel expenses.

If you are interested in participating, please email Dr Aliah Shaheen; .

Mental health and wellbeing during pregnancy

Researchers based at King’s College London are conducting a short online research survey (~15-20min) with the hope of:

  • better understanding  experiences across different people especially as they go through pregnancy (including the partner) and become new parents.
  • getting the views of a neurodiverse community to shed more light on the factors that may contribute to (or protect against) the development of mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety.
  • understanding the public perception of what research priorities should be.

This survey is co-designed with members who are lived experience experts. One neuroscientist researcher in their team is a parent of a little girl with dyspraxia and contacted the foundation specifically as she feels that this community is underrepresented in research. She hopes for better inclusion of this type of neurodevelopmental condition into science and for a better understanding of their wellbeing during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.

To find out more, please email:

Online motor learning and MEG/MRI study

This research will be investigating the human brain processes relating to preparing and producing movement sequences and how these are altered in individuals with dyspraxia.

My name is Helena Wright, I’m a PhD student in the Skilled Action and Memory lab at the Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham. For my PhD I’m researching the neural basis of sequence planning in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  This project is funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Visit to get involved.

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

Neural Basis of Sequence Planning in Motor Co-ordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia)

My name is Helena Wright, I’m a PhD student in the Skilled Action and Memory lab at the Centre for Human Brain Health, University of Birmingham. For my PhD I’m researching the neural basis of sequence planning in Dyspraxia/Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  This project is funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Understanding girls with neurodevelopmental conditions (autism, ADHD, dyspraxia) as they transition into the teenage years

I am a researcher in the Child Life and Health centre in the University of Edinburgh. My team and I are trying to understand the transition period into the teenage years in girls with dyspraxia, ADHD and/or autism. We are researching puberty, mental health, and camouflaging/masking.

My research was co-designed with 15 adult women who are autistic, dyspraxic or have ADHD. I did this so that the research was answering questions relevant to the dyspraxia, autistic, and ADHD community.

We are inviting girls between 11-13.5 years old with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, and/or dyspraxia (DCD) to take part.

Girls can also take part if they are on a waiting list for an assessment for one of these. We are also recruiting girls who do not have a diagnosis and are not on a waiting list.

Our aim is to better understand this time in a girl’s life and provide information for parents and teachers to promote well-being.

If you would like to take part or find out more information, see the flyer below or call/ text me on 07388454435 or email

Call: 07388454435

How do people learn and solve problems?

My name is Anna-Stiina Wallinheimo, and I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Surrey. I am a Cognitive Psychologist with an interest in human problem-solving in evaluative contexts. Very little is known about problem solving in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia. However, given that DCD affects approximately 5% of the population, this is an area of much-needed research. I would therefore like to invite you to take part in a new study investigating the problem-solving skills of adults with and without DCD. For further information please contact

Brain-muscle communication in children with movement impairments

My name is Dr Greg Wood, and I am a senior lecturer in psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, who specialises in Dyspraxia. My current research is looking at understanding more about brain-muscle communication in children with movement impairments and exploring if traditional occupational therapy can improve this.

Wellbeing in adults with Dyspraxia and how this links to self-concept and diagnosis

My name is Dr. Kate Wilmut and I work at Oxford Brookes University. My research focuses on Dyspraxia / DCD. During my many years working in this field I have been told about the difficulties associated with diagnosis in adulthood. Therefore, my current study considers wellbeing in adults with Dyspraxia and how this links to self-concept and diagnosis, we hope that data from this study and previous studies we’ve conducted in this field will help to demonstrate the need for more support for adults with Dyspraxia.

This online questionnaire for adults with Dyspraxia/DCD (aged 18 and over) aims to understand the relationship between how you think about yourself, your memories and your well-being. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Everyone who takes part can enter a prize draw to win one of six £40 Amazon vouchers. Please click here (or scan the QR code) to view the participant information sheet and take part. If you have any questions then please contact the researchers Dr Clare Rathbone ( ) or Dr Kate Wilmut ()

This study has been approved by the University Research Ethics Committee Reference No: 19135

Dyspraxia - Preventing Falls

Do you have a child who has been diagnosed with dyspraxia, or who may have dyspraxia? Do they fall more often than their peers? If so, you may be interested in the study below.

We are a group of researchers from the Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University who are interested in fall prevention for children with dyspraxia. For this project, we would like to understand whether children with dyspraxia can learn how to avoid falling after a trip or a slip.

If you are agree to participate in this study, we would ask your child to complete a falls-diary and come to our laboratory at LJMU for 1 or 2 visits, each lasting up to 2 hours. For more information, please contact Heloise:

Thank you!

My name is Rayan Falemban, PhD researcher in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University.

I am currently conducting a research project, Exploring pedestrian behaviours of children with ADHD or DCD. This research project is being undertaken for a PhD qualification and has been reviewed and given a favourable opinion by the School of Healthcare Sciences Research Ethics Committee, Cardiff University. The project has two phases, and this letter is written for the purpose of the second phase. The goal of this phase is to measure how children with ADHD or DCD cross the road, as they are known to be at a higher risk of accidents. We will also compare their performance with that of children who do not have these conditions.


You can take part in this study with your child, if you are a parent of a child with ADHD or DCD (not necessarily clinically diagnosed) or a parent of typical child who are:

· ≥ 11 to16 years of age
· Living in the UK
· Navigating the community on foot on a regular basis
· Able to communicate in English
· No known visual impairment that hasn’t been corrected by glasses and no known other disability Please contact me at for further information and questions.

Please also feel free to pass this invitation on to any parents of children with ADHD and/or DCD that you think may be interested. Here also are the links to social media accounts and the information sheet:

Participant Information Sheet PIS ph2 27.06.2023.docx
Twitter: @NRoadProject N-ROAD (@NRoadProject) / Twitter

Many thanks,

Rayan Falemban and N-ROAD team.


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