Amanda KirbyProfessor Kirby is quite unusual, as she has experience and knowledge of health, education and being a ‘user’ of services.

Amanda qualified as a GP and had worked in adult psychiatry for 9 years. She now has a chair in developmental disorders in education based at University of South Wales, and a PhD from Leeds University on emerging adulthood in developmental disorders. Amanda is the CEO of Do-IT Solutions Ltd.

Over 18 years ago, she started The Dyscovery Centre (now part of the University of South Wales), a trans disciplinary centre for children and adults with specific learning difficulties and disabilities. This has been recognised internationally for its work in this field, especially in the area of Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia. Her research in the field has led to over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. She also has many books published and translated in the field in over 10 languages. She supervises Phd and post doc students as well as undertaking her own research in the field.

She has personal insight into the challenges of having specific learning difficulties, as her interest arose as a parent of one of her children who has ADHD, Dyslexia and DCD.

Professor Kirby co-founded Movement Matters, the UK umbrella organisation for DCD/Dyspraxia groups and is the current chair.

She advises parent and adult support organisations nationally and internationally in the field of specific learning difficulties including the Dyspraxia Foundation, Dyspraxia Association Ireland, Dyspraxia Association New Zealand and ADDIS (UK).

She sits on the UK government Hidden Impairment National Group for Job Centre Plus and has been on the Task and Finish Group for the new Masters in Education qualification for teachers for National Assembly for Wales and the DWP Autism Strategy Taskforce in 2016. She has developed resources for the TDA in the UK on typical and atypical development. She currently sits on the expert panel for the Disability Confident campaign raising awareness of Hidden Impairments in employment.

She has led several European funded projects developing training and resources and undertaking screening e.g. Project Success and The PACTS project. The latter was delivered between Ireland and Wales was recognised by both education ministers for its excellence.

Professor Kirby has extensive experience running high level training programmes including a MSc in Developmental Disorders and a unique web based postgraduate certificate in DCD (dyspraxia) and a Post graduate certificate course on ADHD. She has trained over 15,000 health and educational professionals in the past 15 years.

Her work with Do-IT Profiler started over 10 years ago, stimulated by the increase evidence of the presence of overlap across learning difficulties and that most individuals would not be ‘neatly’ in one box or another. This began with the development of paper based assessments, which after development were later computerised, and additional modules added in order to gather a more complete picture of the individual in the context they were in. The tools have now been used in over 50,000 users, including those who are unemployed with a range of learning disabilities and difficulties and in educational, employment and offending settings in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

Published articles

  • Kirby (2017)http://www.mimslearning.co.uk/latest/section/5310/
  • Kirby, A (2016) Using data driven decision systems to deliver person-centred approaches in developmental disorders: one example of complexity – the criminal justice system. Hilary Place Papers, Leeds University, 3rd edition.

    Kirby,A (2016) http://nadp-uk.org/uploads/JIPFHE/JIPFHE%205.1%20conference%20edition2013.docx

  • Kirby A,(2016)Chapter 6: Developmental Coordination Disorders A Handbook of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 2015, 71-80 71 Simone Aparecida Capellini, Fábio Henrique Pinheiro & Giseli Donadon Germano (Eds) Bentham Science

     

    Kirby,A,Saunders,L, (2015) “A case study of an embedded system in prison to support individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities in the criminal justice system”, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, Vol. 6 Iss: 2, pp.112 – 124

  • Brindley, Lisa, Koelewijn, Loes, Kirby, Amanda, Williams, Natalie, Thomas, Marie, te Water-Naudé, Johann, Gibbon, Frances, Muthukumaraswamy, Suresh, Singh, Krish Devi and Hamandi, Khalid (2015). Ipsilateral cortical motor desynchronisation is reduced in benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes. Clinical Neurophysiology 10.1016/j.clinph.2015.08.020.
  • Purcell, C., Scott-Roberts, S., & Kirby, A. (2015). Implications of DSM-5 for recognising adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78, 5 295-302.
  • Camden C, Wilson B, Kirby A, Sugden D, Missiuna C.(2015)Best practice principles for management of children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD): results of a scoping review. Child Care Health Dev. 2015 Jan;41(1):147-59. doi: 10.1111/cch.12128.
  • Barnett,A.L., Hill,E.L,  Kirby,A., Sugden,D.A. (2015)Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context(doi:10.3109/01942638.2014.957430) Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2015 May;35(2):103-15. doi: 10.3109/01942638.2014.957430
  • Kirby A (2014) NADP Journal of Inclusive Practice in further and higher education. Specific learning difficulties are not specific, but students are! p.15
  • Kirby A, Sugden D and Purcell C (2014) Diagnosing developmental coordination disorders. Archives of Disease in Childhood, Vol. 99(3), p292-296
  • Thomas M., Williams N and Kirby A (2013) Working with DCD: supporting adults with DCD in the workplace. Occupational Health at Work,10, 33-35.
  • Kirby A, Williams N, Thomas M, Hill EL. Res Dev Disabil (2013) Self-reported mood, general health, wellbeing and employment status in adults with suspected DCD.
  • Kirby A (2012) ADHD in Practice: Technology to assist with transition from primary to secondary school in ADHD Summer, 4,2, pp4-6 Journal of adolescent health
  • Kirby A (2011) Dyspraxia series: part one. At sixes and sevensJ Fam Health Care; 2011 Jul-Aug;21(4):29-31
  • Kirby, A. & Thomas, M. (2011). The whole child with developmental disorders. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 7(3), 120-125.
  • Kirby A, Edwards L, Sugden D A (2011) Emerging adulthood in developmental co-ordination disorder: Parent and young adult perspectives Research in Developmental Disorders.
  • Kirby A, Edwards L, Sugden D A and 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) Developmental co-ordination disorder. GP, p.32-33.
  • Kirby A and Sugden D (2010) Developmental coordination disorder. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 71(10), 571-575.
    Smits-Engelsman B, Klerks M, Kirby A. (2011) Beighton score: a valid measure for generalized hypermobility in children. J Pediatr. 2011 Jan;158(1):119-23, 123.e1-4. Epub 2010 Sep 17.
  • 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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) Developmental co-ordination disorder. GP, p.32-33.
  • Kirby A and Sugden D (2010) Developmental coordination disorder. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 71(10), 571-575.
    Salmon G and 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 (2009) Najlepsze sa proste rozwiazania;Zwueercuiadto, 1 ,102-104.
  • Kirby A, Sugden D, Beveridge S and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and Kirby A (2008) Issues surrounding children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 55 (2), 173-187.
  • Salmon G and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

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