Durham Research
Using Fatty Acids for Learning Conditions


Running the Trial

The Assessments

Recruiting and organising the trial was a major undertaking, but equally important was being very clear about what we were looking for.

We decided that we should greatly extend the various outcome measures so that we could advance the research into many different directions. Dr Portwood has a particular interest in Dyspraxia, while Dr Richardson's research has focused on Dyslexia and ADHD. A comprehensive assessment of each child was completed. Among the measures we assessed were:

  • The Wechsler IQ assessment, which has 12 subtests looking at verbal, non-verbal and organisational skills, and distractibility levels
  • A Motor assessment. Four subtests, including manual dexterity, ball skills, static balance and dynamic balance
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Drawing
  • Visual memory
  • Auditory memory
  • Perceptual skills
  • Breath Test
  • Excitability/Hyperactivity: Teacher Assessment
  • Excitability/Hyperactivity: Parental Assessment