Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

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Dr Mary Chambers

Associate Professor in Special Needs in Education; Programme Leader for BA Childhood Studies

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Education whose specialist area of work is in Special Educational Needs/Inclusive Education. I am a qualified teacher and have taught in both special and mainstream schools. Since joining the School of Education I have worked on a number of research projects in a number of different areas within special education.

Research Interests

My research interests include motor development in children, assessment, nature and intervention strategies for children with developmental coordination disorder, early intervention for children, good practice in delivering the National Curriculum to children with special educational needs and developmental disorders (disabilities) in children (ASD, DCD, ADHD and Dyslexia).

Current Research Projects

Other Research Projects include

  • The CURRENT Project (Curriculum Entitlement for All) (with Professor David Sugden and Dr Sally Beveridge)
  • Identification and assessment of movement difficulties in young children (with Professor David Sugden)
  • Independent Way Finding (funded by the Nuffield Foundation)(with Dr Sally Beveridge and Dr Patrick Wiegand)
  • Intervention approaches for children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by the University of Leeds) (with Professor David Sugden)
  • Management and intervention in children with developmental coordination disorder using parents and teachers (funded by Action Research) (with Professor David Sugden)
  • Monitoring the educational performance of children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by Action Research) (with Professor David Sugden)
  • Good Move - Effective intervention with children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by NHS Executive Research and Development) (with Professor David Sugden, Dr David Cundall, Dr Mary Rudolf and Mrs Maggie Asquith)

I am a member of the Inclusive Education Academic Team within the School of Education.

Member of NASEN, the National Handwriting Association, and the International Society for Research into DCD.

Developmental Coordination Disorder International Conference (DCDVIII) 23-26 June 2009, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Leeds University Motor Impairment Group (LUMIG) This is a recently formed group which has its origins in the School of Education and draws upon others in the University notably in Sports Science and in Health through the School of Medicine and associated clinical practices. The core of interest in the Group is the study of movement development and impairment in young children. This involves examining the progression from birth to maturity the development of movement skills with a particular emphasis on children who do not develop in an appropriate manner. LUMIG's activities include research plus consultancies and conferences. More details will shortly be available from LUMIG's website or please contact Professor David Sugden or Dr Mary Chambers.

Teaching

Head of Undergraduate Area, Programme Leader for BA (Hons.) Childhood Studies, Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs.

I also contribute towards the teaching for the BA Childhood, Education and Culture/Childhood Studies degree and  masters level courses in generic aspects of special educational needs and developmental disorders.

PhD Supervision

I supervise doctoral students in various aspects of special educational needs and developmental disabilities.

Key Publications

Books

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, Early Years Movement Skills: description, diagnosis, and intervention (Whurr, 2006), 172pp

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Whurr, 2005), 300p

Journal Articles

  • Abed M, Pearson S, Clarke PJ, Chambers M, ‘The Knowledge and Beliefs Concerning ADHD Held by parents of children with ADHD in Saudi Arabia’, AYER. International Journal of Human Field Studies, 1 (2015), 355-368

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘Intervention for young children displaying coordination disorders’, Journal of Early Childhood Research, 14.2 (2014), 115-131
    DOI: 10.1177/1476718X14548780, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/100109/

  • Chambers ME, Sugden D, Green D, ‘Does subtype of developmental coordination disorder count: is there a different effect on outcome following intervention’, Human Movement Science, 27.2 (2008), 363-382
    DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2008.02.009

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘Stability and Change in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder’, Child: Care, Health and Development, 33 (2007), 520-528

  • Chambers ME, Kirby A, Sugden DA, ‘Related behavioral characteristics as an aid to identification and intervention in children with DCD’, J SPORT EXERCISE PSY, 28 (2006), S16-S16

  • Deconinck FJA, Clark JE, Johnson DC, Chambers ME, Wade MG, Sugden DA, ‘Planning and organizing movement skills: Children with developmental coordination disorder’, J SPORT EXERCISE PSY, 28 (2006), S14-S15

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, ‘Intervention in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: The role of parents and teachers’, BRIT J EDUC PSYCHOL, 73 (2003), 545-561

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘The Identification and Assessment of Young Children with Movement Difficulties’, International Journal of Early Years Education, 10.3 (2002), 157-176
    DOI: 10.1080/0966976022000044717

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, Kirby A, Drew S, Jones N, ‘Models of provision for children with developmental coordination disorder’, None 2002, 16-19

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, ‘Intervention approaches and children with developmental coordination disorder’, Pediatric Rehabilitation, 2.4 (1998), 139-147

  • Beveridge SE, Chambers ME, Hudders W, Stiell BC, Wiegand PA, ‘Promoting independent wayfinding’, S L D Experience, 18 (1997), 11-12

Chapters

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘Models of intervention: an ecodevelopmental approach’, in Children with Coordination Difficulties, ed. by Sugden D and Chambers M (Whurr, 2005), 189-212

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, ‘Models of intervention: towards an eco-developmental approach’, in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, ed. by Sugden DA and Chambers MA (Whurr, 2005), 189-211

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘The Nature of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder’, in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, ed. by Sugden D, Chambers M and Snowling M (Whurr, 2005), 1-19

Conference Papers

  • Green D, Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘Does subtype of developmental coordination disorder count: Is there a differential effect on outcome following intervention?’, in HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE ([n.pub.], 2008), 27, 363-382
    DOI: 10.1016/j.humov.2008.02.009

  • Chambers ME, Kirby A, ‘Developmental Coordination Disorder: a case of specific learning disorder’, in International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities 2003 (International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities 2003, 2003)

  • Chambers ME, Sugden DA, ‘Monitoring Longitudinally the Educational Performance of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder’, in Developmental Coordination Disorder V: Mechanics, Measurement, Management (Developmental Coordination Disorder V: Mechanics, Measurement, Management, 2002)

Reports

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, Monitoring the Educational Performance of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, (Action Medical Research Report, 2003)

  • Sugden DA, Chambers ME, Management and intervention in children with developmental coordination disorder, (Action Research Report, 2002)

Internet Publications

Others

  • Chambers ME, Wright HC, Sugden DA, Markee A, Developemntal Coordination Disorder. A booklet for parents and professionals, (Leeds: University of Leeds, 2002)

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