Requests for research participants

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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]

Does your child play an instrument?

We are looking for parents of children who play instruments regularly to investigate the impact of music on academic skills. We need parents of children who have reading difficulties (such as dyslexia) as well as those with children without reading difficulties. Please click the link below for more information and to start the study:

If you would like to find out more about the study or if you have any concerns, please email me at [email protected] or my supervisor Dr Margaret Cousins at [email protected] or on 01244 511686. Thank you very much.


Current or former NHS staff with dyslexia needed

NES (NHS Education for Scotland) are looking for volunteers to help with the development of an eLearning module on Dyslexia Awareness for Managers.

We are looking for personal contributions that might answer any of the following questions:

  • What are your experiences of dyslexia?
  • How has dyslexia affected your working life?
  • What adjustments, routines, strategies, assistive technology etc have you found helpful?
  • How could a manager help? 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ben Harvey: [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 a 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:

  1. The strategies used by schools and local authorities to engage children and young people in educational decision-making;
  2. Children’s and young people’s views on their involvement in decision-making relating to their education;

  3. Parents/carers’ views on the extent to which their children are active participants in the decision-making process;

  4. 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 at and if you would like to take part simply indicate your interest by email to John Hicks at [email protected].


New research on visual issues

Teams from Bristol and Newcastle universities carried out eye tests on more than 5,800 children and did not find any differences in the vision of those with dyslexia. Report co-author Alexandra Creavin said eyesight was "very unlikely" to be the cause of such reading problems. The study draws on a long-term tracking study in the Bristol area, which has followed the health of more than 14,000 children since the 1990s.Click here to find out more.

Click here for a statement on the research and the BBC article by the International Institute of Colorimetry. 

Click here for Dyslexia Scotland's leaflet on Visual Issues.