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Professor Elisabeth Hill

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PositionProfessor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Pro-Warden (Learning, Teaching & Enhancement)
Department Psychology
Email e.hill (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7088
Professor Elisabeth Hill

Summary of research

Neurodevelopmental disorders, developmental co-ordination disorder, autism spectrum disorder, the relationship between social and motor development in typical and atypical populations, the role of alexithymia in neurodevelopmental disorders, mental health in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, employment experiences of adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and those caring for a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder 

Academic qualifications

BSc PhD CPsychol

Areas of supervision

  • Developmental co-ordination disorder.
  • Relationships between motor development and other aspects of development (e.g. social interaction, language, cognitive ability) in typical and atypical populations.
  • Co-occurring biological, cognitive and/or behavioural features across neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Mental health in adults and children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Alexithymia in autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Employment experiences in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and their parents.
  • Experiences of an ASD or DCD diagnosis.

Recorded works

You can listen to / watch discussion of some of our recent work, including broader issues relating to developmental coordination disorder (DCD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by clicking on the links below:

 

Podcast Academy interview by Adam Smith focusing on a mini-intervention study using the Wii with children with movement difficulties: http://podacademy.org/podcasts/can-nintendo-wii-help-children-with-coordination-difficulties/

Podcast Academy interview by Adam Smith focusing on the dilemmas involved in conducting intervention studies: http://podacademy.org/2013/uncategorized/are-researchers-who-take-corporate-funding-selling-out/

Reuters video piece focusing on the use of the Wii Fit to support children with DCD:

http://uk.reuters.com/video/2013/04/30/nintendo-wii-shown-to-benefit-children-w?videoId=242553189&videoChannel=4000

 

Autism Employment event at the RSA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIdMWZaVKAE&feature=youtu.be

Publications

Book

Autism: Mind and Brain
Frith, U. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2003. Autism: Mind and Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198529244

Book Section

Developmental disorders and multisensory perception
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Crane, Laura and Bremner, Andrew J.. 2012. Developmental disorders and multisensory perception. In: Andrew J. Bremner ; David J. Lewkowicz and Charles Spence, eds. Multisensory Development. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 273-300. ISBN 978-0-19-958605-9

Executive functioning in autism spectrum disorder: where it fits in the causal model
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2007. Executive functioning in autism spectrum disorder: where it fits in the causal model. In: M. McGregor; M. Nunez; K. Williams and J-C. Gomez, eds. An Integrated View of Autism: Perspectives from Neurocognitive, Clinical and Intervention Research. Oxford: Blackwells.

The planning and organisation of action and activities of daily living in developmental coordination disorder
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2005. The planning and organisation of action and activities of daily living in developmental coordination disorder. In: David A. Sugden and M. Chambers, eds. Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. London: Whurr Publishers, pp. 47-71. ISBN 978-1-86156-458-0

Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Frith, U.. 2004. Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain. In: U. Frith and Elisabeth L. Hill , eds. Autism: Mind and Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-19.

The use of grip force to compensate for inertial forces during voluntary movement
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Wing, A. M.. 1999. The use of grip force to compensate for inertial forces during voluntary movement. In: K. Connolly, ed. The Psychobiology of the Hand. London: Mac Keith Press, pp. 199-212.

Article

Experiences of autism diagnosis: A survey of over 1000 parents in the United Kingdom
Crane, Laura; Chester, James; Goddard, Lorna; Henry, Lucy and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2016. Experiences of autism diagnosis: A survey of over 1000 parents in the United Kingdom. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 20(2), pp. 153-162.

Executive difficulties in Developmental Coordination Disorder: Methodological issues and future directions
Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2015. Executive difficulties in Developmental Coordination Disorder: Methodological issues and future directions. Current Developmental Disorder Reports, 2(2), pp. 141-149.

Executive functioning, motor difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder
Leonard, Hayley C.; Bernardi, M.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Henry, L.A.. 2015. Executive functioning, motor difficulties and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, ISSN 8756-5641

Experiences of diagnosing autism spectrum disorder: a survey of professionals in the United Kingdom
Rogers, CL; Goddard, Lorna; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Henry, Lucy and Crane, Laura. 2015. Experiences of diagnosing autism spectrum disorder: a survey of professionals in the United Kingdom. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice , ISSN 1362-3613 (In Press)

Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder
Leonard, Hayley C.; Bedford, R.; Pickles, A.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and The BASIS, Team. 2015. Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ISSN 1750-9467 (In Press)

Brief Report: Response inhibition and processing speed in children with motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder
Bernardi, M.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Henry, L.A.. 2015. Brief Report: Response inhibition and processing speed in children with motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder. Child Neuropsychology, ISSN 0929-7049 (In Press)

Surveying parental experiences of receiving a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD)
Alonso Soriano, C; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Crane, Laura. 2015. Surveying parental experiences of receiving a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Research in Developmental Disorders, ISSN 0891-4222 (In Press)

Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context
Barnett, Anna; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Kirby, Amanda and Sugden, David A.. 2014. Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, pp. 1-13. ISSN 0194-2638 (Forthcoming)

The impact of motor development on typical and atypical social cognition and language: a systematic review
Leonard, Hayley C. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. The impact of motor development on typical and atypical social cognition and language: a systematic review. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(3), pp. 163-170. ISSN 1475-357X

The effect of motor load on planning and inhibition in developmental coordination disorder
Pratt, Michelle L.; Leonard, Hayley C.; Adeyinka, Hanna and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. The effect of motor load on planning and inhibition in developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(7), pp. 1579-1587. ISSN 0891-4222

Experiences of receiving a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: A survey of adults in the United Kingdom
Jones, L; Goddard, Lorna; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Henry, L and Crane, Laura. 2014. Experiences of receiving a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder: A survey of adults in the United Kingdom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44(12), pp. 3033-3044. ISSN 0162-3257

Motor development in children at-risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings
Leonard, Hayley C.; Elsabbagh, Mayada; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Basis Team, The. 2014. Motor development in children at-risk of autism: A follow-up study of infant siblings. Autism, 18(3), pp. 281-291. ISSN 1362-3613

Color Obsessions and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Case of J.G.
Ludlow, A.; Heaton, Pam F.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Franklin, A.. 2014. Color Obsessions and Phobias in Autism Spectrum Disorders: the Case of J.G. Neurocase, 20(3), pp. 296-306. ISSN 1355-4794

An investigation of the impact of regular use of the Wii Fit to improve motor and psychosocial outcomes in children with movement difficulties: A pilot study. (Forthcoming)
Hammond, James; Jones, Victoria; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Green, Dido and Male, Ian. 2014. An investigation of the impact of regular use of the Wii Fit to improve motor and psychosocial outcomes in children with movement difficulties: A pilot study. (Forthcoming). Child: care, health and development, 40(2), pp. 165-175.

Early and persistent motor delay in infants at-risk of developing autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study
Leonard, Hayley C.; Elsabbagh, Mayada; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Basis team, -. 2014. Early and persistent motor delay in infants at-risk of developing autism spectrum disorder: A prospective study. European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 11(1), pp. 18-35. ISSN 1740-5629

Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: An exploratory study
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Jones, Alice P.; Lang, Jane; Yarker, Joanna and Patterson, Allyson. 2014. Employment experiences of parents of children with ASD or ADHD: An exploratory study. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, pp. 1-13. ISSN 2047-3869

Linking clinical and industrial psychology: Autism spectrum disorder at work
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. Linking clinical and industrial psychology: Autism spectrum disorder at work. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 7, pp. 163-166. ISSN 1754-9426

Mood impairments in adults previously diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Brown, Duncan. 2013. Mood impairments in adults previously diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Journal of Mental Health, 22(4), pp. 334-340. ISSN 0963-8237

Self Reported Mood, General Health, Wellbeing and Employment Status in Adults with Suspected DCD
Kirby, A.; Williams, N.; Thomas, M. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2013. Self Reported Mood, General Health, Wellbeing and Employment Status in Adults with Suspected DCD. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(4), pp. 1357-1364.

Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position.
Bremner, Andrew J.; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Pratt, Michelle L.; Rigato, Silvia and Spence, Charles. 2013. Bodily illusions in young children: Developmental change in visual and proprioceptive contributions to perceived hand position. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e51887. ISSN 1932-6203

Investigating emotional impairments in adults with autism spectrum disorders and the broader autism phenotype
Berthoz, Sylvie; Lalanne, Christophe; Crane, Laura and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2013. Investigating emotional impairments in adults with autism spectrum disorders and the broader autism phenotype. Psychiatry Research, 208, pp. 257-264.

Considering the development of developmental disorders of multisensory processes
Bremner, Andrew J. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2013. Considering the development of developmental disorders of multisensory processes. Multisensory Research, 26(1), p. 23.

Do Children With Autism Re-Enact Object Movements Rather Than Imitate Demonstrator Actions?
Custance, Deborah M.; Mayer, Jennifer L.; Kumar, Emmelianna; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Heaton, Pam F.. 2013. Do Children With Autism Re-Enact Object Movements Rather Than Imitate Demonstrator Actions? Autism Research, 7(1), pp. 28-39. ISSN 1939-3792

When is impairment in development of motor coordination not solely explicable in terms of intelligence?
Smits-Englesman, B. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2012. When is impairment in development of motor coordination not solely explicable in terms of intelligence? Pediatrics, 130(4), e950-e956.

The Relationship Between Motor Coordination and Intelligence Across the IQ Range
Smits-Engelsman, B and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2012. The Relationship Between Motor Coordination and Intelligence Across the IQ Range. PEDIATRICS, 130(4), e950-e956. ISSN 0031-4005

The effects of autism and alexithymia on physiological and verbal responsiveness to music
Allen, Rory; Davis, Robert and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2012. The effects of autism and alexithymia on physiological and verbal responsiveness to music. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, pp. 1-14.

Measuring the effects of alexithymia on perception of emotional vocalisations in Autistic Spectrum Disorder and typical development
Heaton, Pam F.; Reichenbacher, Lisa; Sauter, Disa; Allen, Rory; Scott, Sophie K. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2012. Measuring the effects of alexithymia on perception of emotional vocalisations in Autistic Spectrum Disorder and typical development. Psychological Medicine, 42(11), pp. 2453-2459.

Reaching and understanding
Hill, Elisabeth L.; McIntosh, Barbara and Perkins, David. 2011. Reaching and understanding. The HR & Training Journal, 10(1), pp. 89-91. ISSN 1755-3520

Movement difficulties in children
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Barnett, Anna. 2011. Movement difficulties in children. Psychologist, 24(1), pp. 34-37.

A Preliminary Investigation of Quality of Life Satisfaction Reports in Emerging Adults With and Without Developmental Coordination Disorder
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Brown, Duncan and Sorgardt, Sophia K.. 2011. A Preliminary Investigation of Quality of Life Satisfaction Reports in Emerging Adults With and Without Developmental Coordination Disorder. Journal of Adult Development, online. ISSN 1068-0667

Anxiety profiles in children with and without developmental coordination disorder
Pratt, Michelle L. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2011. Anxiety profiles in children with and without developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(4), pp. 1253-1259. ISSN 08914222

Gesture production in school vs. clinical samples of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and typically developing children
Sinani, Charikleia; Sugden, David A. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2011. Gesture production in school vs. clinical samples of children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and typically developing children. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 32(4), pp. 1270-1282. ISSN 0891-4222

The importance of motor skill in general development
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2010. The importance of motor skill in general development. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 52(10), p. 888. ISSN 00121622

Motor difficulties in specific language impairment: evidence for the Iverson account? – a commentary on Iverson's ‘Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development’*
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2010. Motor difficulties in specific language impairment: evidence for the Iverson account? – a commentary on Iverson's ‘Developing language in a developing body: the relationship between motor development and language development’*. Journal of Child Language, 37(2), pp. 287-292. ISSN 0305-0009

Understanding the autism spectrum
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2009. Understanding the autism spectrum. Bionews,

Autism spectrum disorder as a lifelong condition
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2009. Autism spectrum disorder as a lifelong condition. Bionews, 529,

Impairments on "open-ended" executive function tests in autism
White, S. J.; Burgess, P. W. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2009. Impairments on "open-ended" executive function tests in autism. Autism Research, 2(3), pp. 138-147. ISSN 1939-3792

The development of hand preference in children: The effect of task demands and links with manual dexterity
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Khanem, Fateha. 2009. The development of hand preference in children: The effect of task demands and links with manual dexterity. Brain and Cognition, 71(2), pp. 99-107. ISSN 02782626

`Hath charms to soothe . . .': An exploratory study of how high-functioning adults with ASD experience music
Allen, Rory; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Heaton, Pam F.. 2009. `Hath charms to soothe . . .': An exploratory study of how high-functioning adults with ASD experience music. Autism, 13(1), pp. 21-41. ISSN 1362-3613

Revisiting the Strange Stories: Revealing Mentalizing Impairments in Autism
White, Sarah; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Happé, Francesca and Frith, Uta. 2009. Revisiting the Strange Stories: Revealing Mentalizing Impairments in Autism. Child Development, 80(4), pp. 1097-1117. ISSN 0009-3920

The Subjective Experience of Music in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Allen, Rory; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Heaton, Pam F.. 2009. The Subjective Experience of Music in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169(1), pp. 326-331. ISSN 00778923

Book Review: Asperger Syndrome and Employment by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon (eds). London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84310-648-7 pbk. 176 pp
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Collins, Alice. 2009. Book Review: Asperger Syndrome and Employment by Genevieve Edmonds and Luke Beardon (eds). London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84310-648-7 pbk. 176 pp. Autism, 13(4), pp. 457-461. ISSN 1362-3613

Superior discrimination of speech pitch and its relationship to verbal ability in autism spectrum disorders
Heaton, Pam F.; Hudry, K.; Ludlow, A. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2008. Superior discrimination of speech pitch and its relationship to verbal ability in autism spectrum disorders. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 25, pp. 771-782.

Executive processes in Asperger syndrome: Patterns of performance in a multiple case series
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Bird, Chris M.. 2006. Executive processes in Asperger syndrome: Patterns of performance in a multiple case series. Neuropsychologia, 44(14), pp. 2822-2835. ISSN 00283932

The development of interpersonal strategy: Autism, theory-of-mind, cooperation and fairness
Sally, David and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2006. The development of interpersonal strategy: Autism, theory-of-mind, cooperation and fairness. Journal of Economic Psychology, 27(1), pp. 73-97. ISSN 0167-4870

Developmental Coordination Disorder: current issues
Zoia, Stefania; Barnett, Anna; Wilson, Peter and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2006. Developmental Coordination Disorder: current issues. Child: Care, Health and Development, 32(6), pp. 613-618. ISSN 0305-1862

An islet of social ability in Asperger Syndrome: Judging social attributes from faces
White, Sarah; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Winston, Joel and Frith, Uta. 2006. An islet of social ability in Asperger Syndrome: Judging social attributes from faces. Brain and Cognition, 61(1), pp. 69-77. ISSN 02782626

The validity of using self-reports to assess emotion regulation abilities in adults with autism spectrum disorder
Berthoz, Sylvie and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2005. The validity of using self-reports to assess emotion regulation abilities in adults with autism spectrum disorder. European Psychiatry, 20(3), pp. 291-298. ISSN 09249338

Executive dysfunction in autism
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2004. Executive dysfunction in autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(1), pp. 26-32. ISSN 13646613

Evaluating the theory of executive dysfunction in autism
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2004. Evaluating the theory of executive dysfunction in autism. Developmental Review, 24(2), pp. 189-233. ISSN 02732297

Brief Report: Cognitive Processing of Own Emotions in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and in Their Relatives
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Berthoz, Sylvie and Frith, Uta. 2004. Brief Report: Cognitive Processing of Own Emotions in Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and in Their Relatives. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34(2), pp. 229-235. ISSN 0162-3257

Does Mentalising Ability Influence Cooperative Decision-making in a Social Dilemma? Introspective Evidence from a Study of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Sally, David and Frith, Uta. 2004. Does Mentalising Ability Influence Cooperative Decision-making in a Social Dilemma? Introspective Evidence from a Study of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11(7-8), pp. 144-161.

Editorial. Autism: Mind and Brain
Frith, U. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2003. Editorial. Autism: Mind and Brain. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Series B, 358, pp. 277-280. ISSN 0080-4622

The automated windows task: the performance of preschool children, children with autism, and children with moderate learning difficulties
Russell, J.; Hala, S. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2003. The automated windows task: the performance of preschool children, children with autism, and children with moderate learning difficulties. Cognitive Development, 18(1), pp. 111-137.

Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Frith, Uta. 2003. Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society Series B, 358(1430), pp. 281-289.

Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Frith, Uta. 2002. Understanding autism: insights from mind and brain. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 358(1430), pp. 281-289. ISSN 09628436

Action memory and self-monitoring in children with autism: self versus other
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Russell, J.. 2002. Action memory and self-monitoring in children with autism: self versus other. Infant and Child Development, 11(2), pp. 159-170. ISSN 1522-7227

Action-monitoring and intention reporting in children with autism
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Russell, James. 2001. Action-monitoring and intention reporting in children with autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42(3), pp. 317-328. ISSN 00219630

The role of belief veracity in understanding intentions-in-action Preschool children's performance on the transparent intentions task
Russell, J.; Hill, Elisabeth L. and Franco, F.. 2001. The role of belief veracity in understanding intentions-in-action Preschool children's performance on the transparent intentions task. Cognitive Development, 16(3), pp. 775-792. ISSN 08852014

Action-monitoring and Intention Reporting in Children with Autism
Russell, J. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2001. Action-monitoring and Intention Reporting in Children with Autism. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42(3), pp. 317-328. ISSN 0021-9630

Coordination of Grip Force and Load Force in Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Case Study
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Wing, A. M.. 1999. Coordination of Grip Force and Load Force in Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Case Study. Neurocase, 5(6), pp. 537-544.

What Do Executive Factors Contribute to the Failure on False Belief Tasks by Children with Autism?
Russell, J.; Saltmarsh, R. and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 1999. What Do Executive Factors Contribute to the Failure on False Belief Tasks by Children with Autism? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 40(6), pp. 859-868. ISSN 0021-9630

A Reaching Test Reveals Weak Hand Preference in Specific Language Impairment and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
Hill, Elisabeth L. and Bishop, Dorothy V.. 1998. A Reaching Test Reveals Weak Hand Preference in Specific Language Impairment and Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 3(4), pp. 295-310. ISSN 1357-650X

A dyspraxic deficit in specific language impairment and developmental coordination disorder? Evidence from hand and arm movements
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 1998. A dyspraxic deficit in specific language impairment and developmental coordination disorder? Evidence from hand and arm movements. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 40(6), pp. 388-395.

Representational gestures in Developmental Coordination Disorder and specific language impairment: Error-types and the reliability of ratings
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Bishop, Dorothy V. and Nimmo-Smith, Ian. 1998. Representational gestures in Developmental Coordination Disorder and specific language impairment: Error-types and the reliability of ratings. Human Movement Science, 17(4-5), pp. 655-678. ISSN 0167-9457

Audio

Can Nintendo Wii help children with coordination difficulties
Hill, Elisabeth L.. Can Nintendo Wii help children with coordination difficulties.

Film/Video

Nintendo Wii shown to benefit children with dyspraxia
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2013. Nintendo Wii shown to benefit children with dyspraxia.

Printed Ephemera

Goldsmiths Action Lab Newsletter 1
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2015. Goldsmiths Action Lab Newsletter 1.

Goldsmiths Action Lab Newsletter 2
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2015. Goldsmiths Action Lab Newsletter 2.

Definition, Diagnosis, Assessment and Intervention of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) German-Swiss Interdisciplinary Clinical Practice Guidelines - Revised for the UK (Pocket version)
Barnett, Anna; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Kirby, A. and Sugden, David A.. 2012. Definition, Diagnosis, Assessment and Intervention of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) German-Swiss Interdisciplinary Clinical Practice Guidelines - Revised for the UK (Pocket version).

ASD, Employment and Mental Health
Hill, Elisabeth L.; Dockery, Lisa; Perkins, David and McIntosh, Barbara. 2011. ASD, Employment and Mental Health.

Other

Goldsmiths Statement on Open Access
d'Inverno, Mark and Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. Goldsmiths Statement on Open Access. Goldsmiths, University of London.

Autism & Employment
Hill, Elisabeth L.. 2014. Autism & Employment. Goldsmiths.

Research

My research concerns cognitive dysfunction across and within neurodevelopmental disorders. Overall, my research has both theoretical and applied (educational and clinical) aims and benefits. My work falls into the following strands:

  1. Cognitive dysfunction in developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including executive functions, motor skill and the cognitive processing of emotions (including alexithymia) in children and adults with ASD, as well as their relatives. Interactions between these domains, and depression and anxiety, are also being investigated.
  2. The Employment & Developmental Disorders Study (including The Autism & Employment Study). This study is evaluating the employment experiences of adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, including ASD and DCD, as well as parents of a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder. This work is conducted alongside a range of colleagues including Dr. Alice Jones. I have also worked with the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities and Prospects Employment Service on this topic. Read our HR factsheet on ASD, employment and mental health, including 'Top Tips' and case studies at: http://eprints.goldsmiths.ac.uk/, as well as information for Human Resources employees (http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/5684/) as well as those working in Occupational Health (http://eprints.gold.ac.uk/7178/). I have been involved in setting up the Autism Employment Alliance which is a large group of academics, employers and other related organisations to work together to improve employment support for people with ASD and their [potential] employers.
  3. The profile of motor difficulties in children and adults with developmental coordination disorder (DCD, often referred to as dyspraxia), and its relationship to socio-emotional difficulties and mental health issues.
  4. Investigating co-occurring symptoms in neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular the nature and extent of limb coordination impairments in disorders such as DCD, ASD and specific language impairment. On-going work has shown, for example, that children with a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders experience widespread difficulties in many areas of limb coordination. This has implications for both theoretical accounts of the disorders and methods of providing support in education and daily life situations.
  5. The Autism Diagnosis Study: I am involved in this study, funded by The British Academy. Other investigators are Dr. Laura Crane, Dr. Lorna Goddard and Professor Lucy Henry. The study's website is here. There are many outputs from this study including papers on adult experience of diagnosis here, parent experience of diagnosis here (and video abstract here). Our piece in The Conversation is here. There's more to come - keep up-to-date on the study website.
  6. The DCD/dyspraxia Diagnosis Study: We are seeking detailed experiences of obtaining a diagnosis of DCD/dyspraxia in the UK. This project is a collaboration with Dr. Laura Crane and Claudia  Alonso. See more information about this study at http://www.gold.ac.uk/dcd-diagnosis/ Results of phase one will be available over the next few months.

 

Interested in participating in my research?

 

Our lab is called GOAL (GOldsmiths Action Lab). We have lots of studies running at the moment!

 

The Autism & Employment Study

We are running a large Autism and Employment project. This has a few strands. Some people will be suitable in all strands, other people will fit the criteria for one strand. If you are an adult (aged 18+) with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), please consider helping us. The findings of our project will inform policy and support for those in or seeking work.

 

Strand (1) A survey: http://ww3.unipark.de/uc/Team_Hill/2c76/ (this takes around 30-45 minutes to complete and there is the chance of winning £125 from a prize draw). You do not have to be in employment at the moment to complete this survey. Please also complete it if you have not had a paid job, but have been a volunteer.

 

Strand (2) A Survey: https://survey.gold.ac.uk/autismandemployment (this takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and you must be in paid employment to complete this survey).

 

Strand (3) Are you about to start paid or voluntary work, or are actively looking for such work at the moment? We are keen to hear from adults with and without ASD who are about to begin any kind of paid or voluntary employment. Part of our Autism and Employment project is looking at the effects of employment prior to starting a paid or voluntary job and then a few months into the job. If you think you may be able to help with this, please contact Lisa Dockery: l.dockery@gold.ac.uk.

 

The 'Moving People' study

Motor skills support the way we interact with the environment and those around us. Children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) present with difficulties in motor skill or social interaction, to varying degrees. To fully investigate the relationship between motor and social abilities, we are seeking children aged between 7-10 years with a diagnosis of DCD or ASD to take part in this study. We have developed new innovative eye-tracking measures, which address action perception and understanding, and also social processing scenarios. These measures support the more standardised assessments. We hope you would agree, this is a great way to further our understanding of these two neurodevelopmental disorders and to raise awareness of the relationship between motor and social development. Even better, children love the eye-tracking games! Interested in taking part? For further information, please contact e.sumner@gold.ac.uk or DCDproject@gold.ac.uk.

 

The Movers & Shakers Study

Researchers in my lab are investigating the role on motor development of having an older sibling. We are looking for infants of 6 months and younger to take part in a study of motor development. Infants who have no older siblings or who have one older sibling who is 6 years or younger can take part. Parents will receive a diary in which they can keep track of their infant's motor milestones between the ages of 4 months and 18 months. At 18 months, we will organise a research visit to conduct a short motor assessment with your child. The diary has blank pages for comments and photos, and parents can keep the diary at the end of the study as a keepsake. Parents will also be asked to complete a few questionnaires during the study. This is a great way to keep a note of your child's development (see  http://baby-brains.com/2013/09/24/time-really-flies/) and we'll provide plenty of support over the course of the study. If you are interested or know someone with an infant who would be interested, please contact Hanna Adeyinka on pss02ha@gold.ac.uk or 020 7078 5484 to find out more details and to sign up.

 

The Body Sense Study

We are investigating how children learn to use different senses (such as vision and touch) to understand their own bodies, which is important for everyday environmental interactions. Children with DCD or Williams syndrome can take part. They will complete fun sensory, cognitive and motor tasks with us, and parents would complete several paper-based questionnaires. This project is funded by the European Research Council. For more information please email Joanne Camp at j.camp@gold.ac.uk.

 

Read our recent newsletters about past and ongoing work and activities here (January 2015) and here (April 2015). Contact me at e.hill@gold.ac.uk.

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