University of Surrey: Research

New online study for adults and children with dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder (DCD) 

The Motor Development and Impact Lab (MoDI Lab) at the University of Surrey would like to invite you to volunteer for an online study investigating how individuals with dyspraxia or DCD control their actions. This includes movements, learning and decision-making processes. Have you ever thought about your efforts when performing daily activities to make sure that you perform to the best of your ability? How do you stop your difficulties from getting in the way? Is it just about your movements, or does it affect other activities such as learning and decision making? These are some of the questions that the new study is hoping to address in both children and adults with dyspraxia or DCD. If you are interested maybe you can volunteer and contribute to this project. You can volunteer to take part yourself or with your child/children.

What will I have to do? 
1. Sing up to the study via this link

  1. Complete a screening questionnaire so that you can be allocated to the right group
  2. Complete session 1 including questionnaires and a computer game (40-60 minutes).
  3. Complete session 2 (can be on a different day) including questionnaires and a computer game.

What is the benefit of participating?

You will help us to answer some pressing questions regarding action control in individuals with dyspraxia or DCD. This could be used in the future to inform interventions and best practice in educational and occupational settings.  

You will also be reimbursed for participating!

You will receive a £10 Amazon voucher.

When can I participate? 
Data collection will be ongoing between September 2020 and February 2021. You can complete the whole procedure at a time that is suitable for you and from the comfort of your home.

What are the participation criteria?

Individuals may participate in the study if they:

  • Are adults between the age of 18 and 65 or children between the age of  8 and 17 participating with their parents (for parent and child participation, all of the following points apply to the child only).
  • Live in the UK and are fully fluent in English.
  • Have been diagnosed with DCD by a professional body (paediatrician, neurologist, occupational therapist, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist or through a learning/work assessment) at any point in their lives provided that they have experienced their difficulties since childhood (before the age of 10).
  • Participants who have a diagnosis of any neurodevelopmental, psychiatric or neurological conditions that do not affect their movement, can also participate in the study. This includes autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, depression etc. Participants may also participate if they are currently taking medication for any of these conditions.

Individuals must not participate in this study if they:

  • Have a diagnosis of more than one neurodevelopmental motor disorder including DCD, chronic tic disorders and stereotypic movement disorder.
  • Have a diagnosis of any neurological or neurodegenerative motor disorders, for example, dyskinesia, chorea, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke-related or cerebral palsy-related motor conditions, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis. 

What will I need?

You will need a computer or a laptop and a stable internet connection.


How to get started?

Follow the link below to sign up for the study:


If you have any questions you can contact me via email at 

This study has been reviewed by and received a favourable ethical opinion from the University of Surrey Ethics Committee.