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Dr Cathy Manning Research request

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4 October, 2019 - 11:02 -- Visitor (not verified)

Dr Cathy Manning is a researcher at the University of Oxford working with Professor Maggie Snowling, looking at how children make sense of the world around them, and how this is different in children with dyslexia or autism. In particular, she is interested in how children process sensory information and make decisions using this information. For example, it is important to use visual information in order to make a decision about whether to cross a road.

For this project, she is looking for children with dyslexia aged 6 to 14 years and would like The Dyslexia Guild members to pass the information on to families, and then interested families can get in touch with her to find out more.

Note that the project has received ethical approval from the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (reference number: R56348/RE001), and Dr Manning holds a current enhanced DBS clearance for the purpose of conducting research with children.

How do children with and without developmental conditions process sensory information? Help us find out!

Researchers at Oxford University are looking at how dyslexic children and autistic children process sensory information and how this compares to children without a developmental condition. We are looking for children aged 6-14 years to take part who have an autism or dyslexia diagnosis, or who have no diagnosed developmental conditions. Children will play a fun computer game where they are asked to work out the direction of a set of moving fireflies. Optionally, while children play the game, they will wear a cap with sensors that listen to their brain waves. This method is called ‘EEG’, and is completely harmless. Nothing comes out of the sensors – we will just be eavesdropping on ongoing brain activity. If children do not want to take part in the EEG, they can still play the computer games without it. We will also do some language and reasoning activities and ask you to complete some brief questionnaires. We can see you and your child after school, at the weekend, or in the school holidays. Families will be given a voucher to thank them for taking part, and we will reimburse travel expenses to the University.

If you are interested in your child participating, or would like to find out more, please contact Dr Cathy Manning: / 01865 271 442. By getting in touch you are not committing to participate in the study.