How do children with and without developmental conditions process sensory information?

How do children with and without developmental conditions process sensory information? Help researchers at Oxford University find out!

Researchers at Oxford University are looking at how autistic children and dyslexic 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: catherine.manning@psy.ox.ac.uk / 01865 271 442. By getting in touch you are not committing to participate in the study.

There is also a weblink for the project here