Brain function and behaviour in developmental coordination disorder: insight into co-occurring difficulties


As well as motor difficulties, children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) also have problems in a wide range of other skills, including processing rapidly-changing visual information (e.g., when moving around the environment), speaking and understanding language. One shared problem that could result in these different symptoms is a difficulty in putting information or movements into an effective sequence.

This study will be the first to investigate sequencing in DCD across a wide range of tasks, utilising not only behavioural outcomes but also brain responses. Finding out more about the way that the brain is functioning in DCD is important in helping us to understand the causes and, therefore, treatments for individuals in the future.

We are recruiting children aged 7-10 with/without a diagnosis of DCD/dyspraxia. Children with language problems or a diagnosis of language disorder can take part.