Research at the Dyscovery Centre

Research Dyscovery is the research arm of the Dyscovery Centre. The research team specialise in applied research into Developmental Coordination Disorder and other areas in the field of neurodiversity.

Our research specialises in children, adolescents and adults with neurodiverse profiles (which can include those labelled with any combination of Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyscalculia, Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), and others) and focuses on gaining a better understanding of the implications of neurodiversity on all aspects of activities of daily living and participation. 

Our aim is to better understand both the application and implication of new knowledge for professionals working with neurodiverse individuals as well as for the individuals themselves. Knowledge transfer is an essential part of the work and the Centre’s links between research and clinical practice continues to be an important part of the approaches taken. 

Research is mainly in the field of developmental disorders. The research team have worked in collaboration with a number of Universities internationally and nationally, including Cardiff, Bristol, Leeds, Prague, RMIT in Melbourne, Haifa and Trondheim in Norway. 

  • Kirby, A. & Cleaton, M. Jul 2018 (submitted) Developmental Coordination Disorder commonly co-occurs in individuals with other neurodevelopmental disorder: implications for practice.  Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal. 

  • Kirby, A. (2015); Developmental Coordination Disorder and Dyslexia. Dyslexia Review.  

  • Kirby, A. (2015); Chapter 6: Developmental Coordination Disorders A Handbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 2015, 71-80 71 Simone Aparecida Capellini, Fabio Henrique Pinheiro & Giseli Donadon Germano (Eds) Bentham Science.  

  • Kirby, A. & Cleaton, M. Jul 2018 (submitted) Why do we find it so hard to capture the true costs of neurodevelopmental disorders. Journal of autism and developmental disorders 

  • Kirby, A. Gibbon, H. (2017); Rationale and use of computer screening tools in prisons for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Prison Service Journal. Vol. 235, 23-31.  

  • Kirby, A. & Welch, D. (2016); The Equality Act 2010, Specific Learning Difficulties and the Police: Two Sides to Every Coin. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles Vol. 89 (3), 227-240.  

  • Kirby, A. (2016); Using Data driven decision systems to deliver person-centred approaches in developmental disorders: one example of complexity – the criminal justice system. Hilary Place Papers, Leeds University, 3rd edition. 

  • Kirby, A. & Saunders, L. (2015); A case study of an embedded system in prison to support individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities in the criminal justice system. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour. Vol. 6 (2), 112-124.  

  • Kirby, A. (2015); Guest editorial. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour. Vol. 6(2) 

  • Purcell, C. Kirby, A. & Sugden, D. (2013); Diagnosing Developmental Coordination Disorders. Archives of Disease in Childhood. Vol 99 (3), 292-296. 

  • Kirby, A. Edwards, L. Sugden, D & Rosenblum, S. (2010). The development and standardization of the adult developmental co-ordination disorders/dyspraxia checklist (ADC).  Research in Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 31 (1), 131-139. 

  • Kirby, A. Sugden, D & Edwards, L. (2010); Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD): More than just a movement difficulty. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs. Vol. 10 (3), 206-215. 

  • Saban, M. T. & Kirby, A (2019); Empathy, Social relationship and co-occurrence in young adults with DCD. Human Movement Science (Vol. 63), 67-72. 

  • Purcell, C. Scott-Roberts, S. & Kirby, A. (2015); Implications of DSM-5 for recognizing adults with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Vol. 78 (5), 295-302. 

  • Thomas, M. Kirby, A. Williams, N. (2013); Self-reported mood, general health, wellbeing and employment status in adults with suspected DCD. Research in developmental disabilities. Vol. 34 (4), 1357-1364. 

  • Kirby, A. (2011); Developmental Coordination Disorder and Emerging Adulthood: Not just a motor disorder. Journal of adult development. Vol. 18 (3), 105-106. 

  • Kirby, A. Edwards, L & Sugden, D. A. (2011); Driving Behaviour in Young adults with Developmental Coordination disorder. Journal of Adult Development. Vol. 18(3), 122-129. 

  • Duncan, H. & Purcell, C. (2017) Equity or Advantage? The effect of receiving access arrangements in university exams on Humanities students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) Journal of Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 

  • Kirby, A. (2014) NADP Journal Specific Learning Difficulties are not specific, but students are! The journal of inclusive practice in further and higher education. Vol. 5 (1), Special Edition, Annual Conference 2013 Edition, pp 15-20.  

  • Kirby, A. (2013) The journal of Inclusive Practice in further and higher education. Issue 5.1 Special Edition, Annual Conference 2013 Edition, pp. 15-20. 

  • Kirby,A. (2013); How to Succeed with Specific Learning Difficulties at College and University: A Guide for students, educators and parents. Souvenir Press, London. 

 

  • Kirby, A. (2014); How to succeed in employment with specific learning difficulties: A guide for employees and employers. Souvenir Press, London. 

  • Thomas, M. Williams, N. & Kirby, A. (2013); Working with DCD: supporting adults with DCD in the workplace. Occupational Health at Work. Vol. 10, pp. 33-55. 

  • Thomas, M. Kirby, A. Williams, N. (2013); Self-reported mood, general health, wellbeing and employment status in adults with suspected DCD. Research in developmental disabilities. Vol. 34 (4), 1357-1364. 

  • Salmon, G. & Kirby, A. (2009); The role of teachers in the assessment of children suspected of having ADHD. British Journal of Special Education. Vol. 36(3), 147-154. 

  • Salmon, G. & Kirby, A. (2008) Schools: Central to Providing Comprehensive CAMH Services in the Future? Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Vol. 13 (3), 107-114. 

  • Purcell, C & Romijn, A. (2017). Appropriateness of different pedagogical approaches to road safety education for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Research in Developmental Disabilities. Vol. 70, 85-93 

  • Purcell, C. Wilmut, K. & Wann, J.P. (2017); The use of visually guided behaviour in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) when crossing a virtual road.  Human Movement Science. Vol. 53, 37-44 

  • Purcell, C. Wann, J. Wilmut, K. & Poulter, D. (2011); Roadside Judgements in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Research in developmental disabilities. Vol. 32 (4), 1283-1292