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From time to time, Dyslexia Scotland receives requests for research participants. Details of all research requests will be posted here with a synopsis of the research findings, where possible. Unless indicated, please note that Dyslexia Scotland is not associated in any way to the research requests on this page. If you are interested in taking part in any of the research listed, please use the contact details provided. For any other information, please email:[email protected]

Dyslexia and performance tests in job selection

My name is Barbara Piotrowska and I am a lecturer and researcher from Edinburgh Napier University currently doing a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology at University of Leicester.

Over the last 7 years I’ve been studying various aspects of developmental dyslexia and currently I’m interested in the impact of instructions on individuals’ performance on tests that are typically used in job selection processes.
I am inviting individuals who are at least 18 years old and either:
• Have a diagnosis of developmental dyslexia
• Do not have a diagnosis of developmental dyslexia
The study is online and will take around 30 minutes to complete. To participate please follow the link here: https://napiersas.eu.qualtrics.com/…/form/SV_9Ttz3zrKKRuslwi

Participant recruitment ends: 30th July

Are you bilingual and dyslexic?

Yaiza Diaz, a third-year student at UCL, studying Psychology with Education is examining how executive functioning abilities in bilingual people have a role in coping with anxiety in dyslexia.

Anyone with dyslexia who is bilingual can take part (they must be over the age of 18).To anyone that wants to take part, this study is totally anonymous. The study consists of a questionnaire that takes 10 minutes and then there is an experiment that takes 10 minutes (it must be done on a computer).

This is the link to access the study: https://uclioe.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wUcWVdKnlKWpqC

If you are interested please contact Yaiza at this email: [email protected]

Recruitment end date: 1st May 2021

How dyslexic people learn and consolidate new memories

We are running an online study at the University of York which aims to understand how quickly people with dyslexia learn and consolidate new memories when they are required to make very fast responses. This is a multi-session study, with participants being asked to do various response time and cognitive tasks on the first session. A subset of participants will be asked back to do two follow-up sessions. Session 1 will take approximately 1 hour, whilst session 2 and 3 will last approximately 30 minutes.

Requirements:

  • Typical developing adults or adults with a diagnosis of dyslexia without a diagnosis of any other neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g. ADHD; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Developmental coordination disorder; amongst others)
  • Age between 18 and 35
  • UK native English speaker
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
  • Access to a computer with good internet connection

Participants who complete only the first session will be compensated with a 6 pounds amazon voucher, whilst those who complete all sessions will receive a 15 pound amazon voucher. For more information, please check the information sheet: https://forms.gle/54DGsrWUEoLJeTY67 or contact the primary researcher: [email protected]

Recruitment closes: 31st May 2021

How people with neurodevelopmental diagnoses make sense of language in context

We are conducting some research at Oxford University to understand more about how people with neurodevelopmental diagnoses, including dyslexia and autism, make sense of language in context.  We hope this research will be helpful in providing individuals with support around language and communication.  The study involves some short questionnaires and language tasks taking about 40 minutes in total.  To access the study please following this link: https://research.sc/participant/login/dynamic/8CCB514F-4647-41C1-8BEB-28C37F805AAE

For more information about the study, or if you have any questions please contact Dr. Alexander Wilson, Department of Experimental Psychology, Anna Watts Building, University of Oxford, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG.  Email: [email protected]

Recruitment closes: 30th June 2021

​Research on Child Disability Payment - can you help?

The Scottish Government will start giving a payment to families who need help with extra costs of looking after a child with a disability. This service is called Child Disability Payment. They would like your help to test the new benefit process to make sure it is easy to use.

They are looking to speak to parents with dyslexia who have experience applying for disability benefits for their child to understand their experience, along with any barriers people face getting information about benefits or accessing government services.

The online research session will last about an hour. To find out more please contact [email protected] 

​Are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry?

My name is Eleanor and I am a third-year student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, studying Stage Management and Technical Theatre. I am currently in the process of writing my dissertation, my question is, are people with dyslexia supported in the theatre industry? Being dyslexic myself this is a question that I am very eager to find the answer to as I prepare to embark on a career in theatre.

If you have dyslexia and work in the theatre industry in any capacity whether you are a director, an actor, a set designer, a stage manager, a sound designer or any other role I would be most interested in talking to you. I wish to gain a greater understanding of the general perception of dyslexia in theatre and whether more awareness and support for people with dyslexia in this industry is needed. Any help that you can offer to help me reach a conclusion would be much appreciated. If you are happy to talk to me about my dissertation question, please contact me via my email: [email protected]

Would you be willing to share your experience of your child’s journey to being identified as dyslexic?

Rhona Macdonald has written a manuscript about her own journey in the 80s and 90s and would like to add some more recent journeys. Rhona has a publisher on board and aims to raise awareness of what it is like for a child to be misunderstood and mislabelled. This will provide parents and teachers an insight as to what a child lives through and therefore empower them to make a change to that child’s life. The book will be published online. Please contact Rhona on [email protected] if you and/or your child are interested in participating.

Autonomy, Rights and Children with Additional Support Needs

The aim of this research is to examine how children’s rights are being promoted in the area of special and additional support needs. The research is being conducted by two teams, one based at the University of Edinburgh and one at the University of Manchester. Parents and carers of children and young people with additional support needs have for some time had a right to have a say in their child’s education.

There has been an increasing emphasis on ensuring that the views of children and young people with special and additional support needs are reflected in important decisions relating to their education. This research aims to explore the extent to which children and young people are being given opportunities to participate in everyday decisions about their education and also in disagreement resolution processes. The research will provide information on: The strategies used by schools and local authorities to engage children and young people in educational decision-making; Children’s and young people’s views on their involvement in decision-making relating to their education; Parents/carers’ views on the extent to which their children are active participants in the decision-making process; Factors which promote or inhibit the ability of children’s and young people’s views to be heard and taken into account. For further information about the project contact: Professor Sheila Riddell, e-mail: [email protected]; phone: 0131 651 6597 To see the questionnaire, click here.

Study into the use of social media amongst parents of children with hidden disabilities

Participants needed to help look at the use of social media as a coping strategy. Click here to take part.

Dyslexia tutors and assessors required to trial new software that builds confidence and productivity for dyslexic writers

SprintPlus is a relatively new piece of software that students and adults use to proof their written work either at school, university or work. We would like to invite dyslexia assessors or tutors from all areas to trial SprintPlus.

In return for your feedback we will give you a free license. We believe that SprintPlus builds the confidence and productivity of dyslexic writers but we want your thoughts and comments. For more information, please take a look at our demo video and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at [email protected].