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Amandakirby

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Qualifications

PhD (2009) in Education – emerging adulthood in DCD
MRCGP (1987) with distinction Royal College of General Practitioners
MBBS (1981) University of Wales College of Medicine

About

Professor Kirby has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of Wales, Newport. She founded and has run the Dyscovery Centre since 1997, an interdisciplinary centre providing assessment and intervention for children and adults with a range of developmental disorders including Dyspraxia (also known as DCD), ADHD, Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioural issues. Her background as a GP and also working in community paediatrics and psychiatry has provided a good understanding of developmental disorders in both child and adulthood. She is also the parent of an adult with developmental disorders so has personal as well as professional experience of living with the difficulties.She leads a research team at the centre and her PhD has focused on the stage of emerging adulthood in DCD. She has lectured internationally and spoken to over 30,000 teachers, health professionals and parents. She is currently patron of the Dyspraxia Association in New Zealand, Advisor to the Dyspraxia Association in Ireland and Medical Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK.

Publications

Books and Monographs, Apps:

Top Tips – A day in the life of a child with DCD/Dyspraxia
Top Tips – Transition to sixth form and beyond
Goal Setting Cards published by LDA- Kirby and Peters (2011)
Sorted Application on Apple
Kirby A, Peters L .2007 100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils with Dyspraxia and DCD Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; (Mar 2007); Pages: 128 ISBN:0826494404;
Kirby, A. 2006. Mapping SEN. London: Fulton Press ISBN 1-843124602

Papers:

Kirby,A. (2012) Overlapping developmental disorders, British Dyslexia Association Handbook 2012.
Kirby, A., Edwards, L. & Sugden, D. A. (2011). Emerging Adulthood and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Journal of Adult Development, 18, 107-113.
Kirby, A. (2011). Developmental Co-ordination Disorder and Emerging Adulthood: Not Just a Motor Disorder. Journal of Adult Development, 18, 105-106.
Kirby, A., Sugden, D. & Edwards, L. (2011). Driving behaviour in young adults with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Journal of Adult Development, 18, 122-129.
Kirby, A., Edwards, L. & Sugden, D. A. (2011). Emerging adulthood in developmental co-ordination disorder: Parent and young adult perspectives. Research in developmental Disabilities, 32 (4), 1351-1360.
Kirby, A. & Thomas, M. (2011). The whole child with developmental disorders. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 7(3), 120-125.
Smits-Engelsman B, Klerks M, Kirby A. (2011). Beighton score: a valid measure for generalized hypermobility in children. Journal of Pediatrics, 158(1), 119-23.
Kirby, A., Edwards, L., Sugden, D. A. & Rosenblum, S. (2010). The development and standardization of the Adult Developmental Co-Ordination Disorders/Dyspraxia Checklist (ADC). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(1),131-139.
Kirby, A. (2010, 5 February). Developmental co-ordination disorder. GP, p.32-33.
Kirby, A. & Sugden, D. (2010). Developmental coordination disorder. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 71(10), 571-575.
Kirby, A., Woodward, A., Jackson, S., Wang, Y., & Crawford, M. A. (2010). The association of fatty acid deficiency symptoms (FADS) with actual essential fatty acid status in cheek cells. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 83(1), 1-8.
Kirby, A., Sugden, D. & Edwards, L. (2010). Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD): More than just a movement difficulty. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, 10(3), 206-215.
Kirby, A., Woodward, A., Jackson, S., Wang, Y. & Crawford, M. A. (2010). Childrens’ learning and behaviour and the association with cheek cell polyunsaturated fatty acid level. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(3), 731-742.
Kirby, A., Woodward, A., Jackson, S., Wang, Y., & Crawford, M. A. (2010). A double-blind, placebo-controlled study investigating the effects of omega-3 supplementation in children aged 8-10 years from a mainstream school population. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(3), 718-730.
Kirby, A., Edwards, L., Sugden, D. A. & Rosenblum, S. (2010). The development and standardization of the Adult Developmental Co-Ordination Disorders/Dyspraxia Checklist (ADC). Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31(1),131-139.
Kirby, A. (2010, 5 February). Developmental co-ordination disorder. GP, p.32-33.
Kirby, A. & Sugden, D. (2010). Developmental coordination disorder. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 71(10), 571-575.
Salmon, G. & Kirby A. (2009) The role of teachers in the assessment of children suspected of having ADHD. British Journal of Special Education, 36 (3), 147-154.
Kirby, A., Woodward, A. & Jackson, S. (2009) Benefits of Omega-3 Supplementation for School Children: Review of the Current Evidence. British Journal of Educational Research, First published on: 24 July 2009 (iFirst). doi: 10.1080/01411920903111557
Kirby, A. (2009) Najlepsze sa proste rozwiazania;Zwueercuiadto, 1 ,102-104.
Kirby, A., Sugden, D., Beveridge, S. & Edwards L. (2008) Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) in adults and adolescents. Journal of Research in Special Education Needs, 8 (3), 120-131.
Kirby, A., Sugden, D., Beveridge, S., Edwards L. & Edwards, R. (2008) Dyslexia and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder in Further and Higher Education – Similarities and differences. Does the ‘Label’ influence the support given? Dyslexia, 14(3), 197-213.
Kirby, A., Edwards, L. & Hughes, A. (2008) Parents’ concerns of children with specific learning difficulties. Insights gained from an online message centre. Support for learning, 23 (4), 193-200.
Sugden, D., Kirby, A. & Dunford, C. (2008) Movement difficulties in children: Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 55 (2), 93-96.
Sugden, D., Dunford, C. & Kirby, A. (2008) Issues surrounding children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 55 (2), 173-187.
Salmon, G. & Kirby, A. (2008) Schools: Central to Providing Comprehensive CAMH Services in the Future? Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13 (3), 107–114.
Kirby, A., Salmon, G. & Edwards, L. (2007) Should Children with ADHD be Routinely Screened for Motor Coordination Problems? The Role of the Paediatric Occupational Therapist. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (11), 483-486.
Kirby, A., Salmon, G. & Edwards, L. (2007) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and developmental co-ordination difficulties: knowledge and practice among child and adolescent psychiatrists and paediatricians. Psychiatric Bulletin, 31, 336-338.
Salmon, G. & Kirby, A. (2007). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: new ways of working in primary care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12 (4), 160-163.
Kirby, A. & Davies, R. (2007) Developmental Coordination Disorder and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome – overlapping disorders? Implications for research and clinical practice, Child: Care, Health and Development, 33 (5), 513-519.
Kirby, A. & Sugden, D. A. (2006) Children with Developmental Coordination Disorders Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, 100 (4), 182-186.
Kirby, A. (2006) A longer term view of DCD- emerging adulthood. Dyspraxia Foundation Professional Journal. 5, 13-24.

Memberships

2012 Inaugural advisor on the National forum for Neuroscience and Education
2012 Member of the WAG MA Wales advisory group
2011 Founder of Movement Matters umbrella organisation for DCD in UK
2011 Member of the DFS National Hidden Impairment Group
2010 Member of International Scientific Committee for DCD9, Lausanne,Switzerland.
2010 Member of Project Steering group for Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities for Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for DCSF, UK
2010 Inaugural member of DCD-UK research group
2010- Member of steering group for WAG Statementing review.
2009- Advisor to the Dyspraxia Association, Ireland
2009- Committee member of The National Handwriting Association
2009 Scientific Committee of the International Society for DCD
2008- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2008- Member of the National Association of Disability Practitioners
2007 – Member of Additional Learning Needs Panel of the Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills Advisory Group
2006 Medical Advisor to DANDA- UK support group for adults with developmental disorders
2006- Member of Royal College of General Practitioners Learning Disabilities Work Group
2004- Inaugural member of the International Society of Research into DCD
2000-Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
1995 -1998 Member of RCGP Women in Medicine Task Force
1987-Member of the Royal College of Practitioners

External

2012 Inaugural advisor on the National forum for Neuroscience and Education
2012 Member of the WAG MA Wales advisory group
2011 Founder of Movement Matters umbrella organisation for DCD in UK
2011 Member of the DFS National Hidden Impairment Group
2010 Member of International Scientific Committee for DCD9, Lausanne,Switzerland.
2010 Member of Project Steering group for Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities for Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for DCSF, UK
2010 Inaugural member of DCD-UK research group
2010- Member of steering group for WAG Statementing review.
2009- Advisor to the Dyspraxia Association, Ireland
2009- Committee member of The National Handwriting Association
2009 Scientific Committee of the International Society for DCD
2008- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2008- Member of the National Association of Disability Practitioners
2007 – Member of Additional Learning Needs Panel of the Minister of Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills Advisory Group
2006 Medical Advisor to DANDA- UK support group for adults with developmental disorders
2006- Member of Royal College of General Practitioners Learning Disabilities Work Group
2004- Inaugural member of the International Society of Research into DCD
2000-Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
1995 -1998 Member of RCGP Women in Medicine Task Force
1987-Member of the Royal College of Practitioners

Research

Developmental Disorders , especially focussed in the area of DCD/Dyspraxia and emerging adulthood and beyond.

Grants Awarded:

Current Research Projects

UK funding:

UK Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia
Funded by: The Waterloo Foundation (£7, 700)
Start/end dates: 01/04/11 – 01/04/12
Project aim: To develop the guidelines for practitioners across the UK. Unlike other developmental disorders such as ADHD, there are no UK guidelines for DCD to inform the work of health and educational professionals working with this group.
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)/Dyspraxia and Employment Study
Funded by: The Waterloo Foundation (£9, 200)
Start/end dates: 01/04/11 – 01/04/12
Project aim: To gain a better understanding the adult experiences of people with DCD/Dyspraxia.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Funded by: The Big Lottery Fund (£30,000)
Start/end dates: 01/02/2010 – 31/01/2013
Project aim: This collaborative project with Lylac Ridge is an evaluation of the efficacy of Animal Assisted Therapy for improving communication in children with speech, language and communication difficulties in mainstream schools.
Advanced Brain Imaging in Childhood Epilepsy
Funded by: The Waterloo Foundation (£10,000)
Start/end dates: 2011- 2012 (further funding applied for)
Project aims: This collaborative project with the Cardiff University Brain Imaging Centre aims to investigate the links between childhood epilepsy and DCD
What do students with Dyslexia who claim DSA actually use to help them to learn?
Funded by: CELT Learning and Teaching Grant (£2,557)
Start/end dates: 01/03/2011 – 29/02/2012
Project aim: To investigate the resources, equipment or training that students receive as part of the Disabled Students Allowance.
The placement of individuals into employment
Funded by: Remploy (£6,400)
Start/end dates: 2011-2012
Project aim: To conduct a literature review on the placement of individuals into employment and an and analysis of Remploy data.
Canada/UK GP training project with– funded by Waterloo Foundation.
Funded by: The Waterloo Foundation (matched funding)
Start/end dates: 01/03/2012 – 31/02/2013
Project aim: This is a collaborative project with Professor Cheryl Missuina, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University , Canada. The applicant team of researchers and expert physicians from Canada and the United Kingdom will develop a comprehensive on-line workshop that will assist physicians from both countries in identifying and diagnosing DCD.
Child and Adolescent Development Module for Masters in Educational Practice 0 – 19 years
Funded by: WAG
Start/end dates: 01/03/2012 – 01/04/2012
Project aim: To develop a 15 credit Masters level Module on child and adolescent development for the WAG e-learning platform Masters in Educational Practice.

European Funding:

The Diagnostic Toolkit
Funded by: QWEST (£24,000)
Start/end dates: 01/04/ 2011 – 01/04/2012
Project aim: To develop a profiler toolkit to assist return to work for those long term unemployed in the convergence regions of South Wales.
DYSLANG
Funded by: European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA); Lifelong Learning Programme (Euro 76,740)
Start/end dates: 01/01/2012 – 31/12/2013
Project aims: To provide accredited online training for teachers in the identification and support of multilingual children with dyslexia. The partners involved in the project represent organisations with an interest in dyslexia from Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Turkey, as well as the British Dyslexia Association and the University of Wales, Newport.
LIMerIC
Funded by: European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA); Lifelong Learning Programme (Euro 60,690)
Start/end dates: 01/01/2012 – 31/12/2013
Project aim: The development of a non formal and blended learning based training programme for adults engaged and working in the extra institutional sector of early childhood education and care in the field of a) language learning and acquisition in early years pedagogy and b) intercultural competences and awareness. The partners involved in the project represent organisations with an interest in childcare from Austria, Germany, Romania, Italy, Switzerland and Turkey, as well as the University of Wales, Newport.

Research Supervision:

4 students being supervised at PhD level
Over 30 students at Masters level

Awards:

2004 Honorary Fellow of University of Wales, Newport
2003 Winner of UK Pavilion awards for best creative and accessible and effective training programme – school disability awareness training package
2002 Bronze award – for BBC “Living with Dyspraxia” 30 minute documentary
1994 UK national award winner of the Doctor of the Year award
1987 MRCGP with distinction

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