Keynote Speakers

DAY 1: Professor Amanda Kirby, University of South Wales, well known author, speaker and clinician who gave the opening address at the recent 2015 World DCD Conference in Toulouse.

Dr Amanda Waterman, School of Psychology , University of Leeds working on cognitive aspects of performance and a leader of the Born in Bradford Project with over 7000 pupils.

DAY 2: Dr Mellissa Prunty, Brunel University London, a qualified occupational therapist working on a number of topics in DCD including handwriting and perception action studies.

Professor Bouwien Smits-Engelsman, professor in Developmental Movement Science, her main interests in DCD lie in motor control and motor learning (she has published over 100 papers on that topic). She has developed several methodologies to study and to optimize motor execution in children with poor motor skills both in fine (including handwriting) and gross motor activities.

Registration Information

Online registration and accommodation booking will open early January in 2016 and early bird rates will be available from then up until the 31st of March.

For your information the registration and accommodation prices will be as follows:

Registration Costs

Day 1 £90 Before March 31st, £100 After
Day 2 £90 Before March 31st, £100 After
Both days £160 Before March 31st, £180 After
Student Rate
Day 1 £60 Before March 31st, £70 After
Day 2 £60 Before March 31st, £70 after
Both days £100. Before March 31st, £120 after.

Note: Conference registration will entitle you to full access to the Conference, including Keynote addresses, all symposia, poster and workshop sessions (unless otherwise noted) and all lunches, coffee breaks, and receptions


We are offering single ensuite accommodation for the night of Thursday the 21st of July and Friday the 22nd of July at a cost of £25 per person per night. This will be at the University of Leeds’ Oxley Hall of Residence. As part of your online registration you will be offered the option to book accommodation for one or both nights.

Please contact us at any point if you have any further questions using the conference email: or telephone: +44(0)113 343 5726.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will be held Friday July 22nd at the University. Cost £25 per person


The deadline for abstract submission (31st March 2016) has now passed. The scientific committee is presently reviewing all submitted abstracts and will be in touch with submitters shortly to confirm the date and time of their oral or poster presentations.

Up until 3rd May 2016 the committee is still willing to consider late submitted abstracts. Please note though that whether these can be accommodated within the programme will be decided on a case by case basis. Please submit your abstract to with 'DCD-UK Abstract Submission' included in the subject heading of the email and the committee will review. The abstract should be in word format and no more than 300 words in length, noting the aim of the study, participants, the methodology and results.

Scientific Committee

With thanks to Our organisers:

Prof. David Sugden - University of Leeds

Dr Sara Magallón Recalde - University of Leeds

Dr Liam Hill - University of Leeds

Megan Wood - University of Leeds

Dr Angela Webb - Chair of National Handwriting Association

Michele Lee - Chair of Dyspraxia Foundation

Dr Kate Wilmut - Chair of DCD UK

Heather Angilly - Occupational Therapist

Professor Amanda Kirby - Chair of Movement Matters

Professor Sheila Henderson