B4458 - Motor skills in specific learning difficulties and comorbidities re-use data from B3233 - 13/11/2023

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Silvia Paracchini | University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)
Jiuqing Tang
Title of project: 
Motor skills in specific learning difficulties and comorbidities (re-use data from B3233)
Proposal summary: 

The goal of the present study is to systematically investigate the role of motor skills in common developmental difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD). We expect motor skills may be associated with cognition and language development and could be a predictor which could be assessed at early age. We will use a range of motor skills to study and understand the motor deficits in the comorbidity of disabilities. The longitudinal dimension of the ALSPAC data will also allow us to study the trajectories of these cognitive skills in the neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Impact of research: 
Impact for supervisor: Motor skills tend to be overlooked in the context on neurodevelopmental conditions. This project might open new line of investigations and might generate data useful for the extended research community. Impact for the student: Jiuqing will familiarise with the ALSPAC data through this project and she is likely to apply subsequently for a separate and independent project approval. Therefore this project will allow her to gain training while addressing an important research question relevant for her PhD thesis.
Date proposal received: 
Friday, 10 November, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 13 November, 2023
Mental health - Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognition, Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., Cognitive impairment, Learning difficulty, Speech/language problem, Statistical methods, Cognition - cognitive function, Communication (including non-verbal), Development, Handedness, Intelligence - memory, Psychology - personality, Sex differences, Speech and language