Investigating the performance and underlying mechanisms of a novel screening measure for developmental dyslexia: implications for early identification

  This PhD focuses on the sensorimotor theory of developmental dyslexia. The aim of my research is to test the theory using a novel, computer and tablet based ‘dot-to-dot’ task, which is thought to tap into visual-spatial and visual-motor integration systems. Performance on this task is compared with other, phonology-based, tests in order to establish its usefulness as a screening tool for children and adults, hopefully allowing earlier and faster indication  of risk of dyslexia. The longitudinal design of my research will also allow me to explore the antecedents of dyslexia. At the moment I am focusing on nursery and primary school children: early identification of dyslexia and targeted interventions at this stage are extremely beneficial to children's future academic and personal achievements.

  • Dates:

    2013 to 2018

  • Qualification:

    Doctorate (PhD)

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