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Moving to the beat: Examining the effects of auditory rhythm on motor coordination in children living with and without developmental coordination disorder


Our team is trying to understand how young brains react to sounds and if auditory beats can help children with movement difficulties coordinate their movements better.


Dr. Tom Chau, Principal Investigator, PRISM Lab

Call to action

Do you want to help us improve music-based interventions for children with movement difficulties (e.g., developmental coordination disorder)? Consider participating in our research study examining the effects of auditory beats on motor coordination in children.

Who can participate

Children between the ages of 7 – 11:

  • Who have developmental coordination disorder / dyspraxia or motor difficulties
  • Who are typically developing and have no formal music training
  • Who are typically developing and have received at least two years of music training

All eligible participants should be right-handed and have no known history of hearing difficulties.

Funding agency

University of Toronto

What's involved

The study will involve two sessions (each between 60 and 90 minutes) at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. In the first visit, the child will perform a series of interactive motor and cognitive tasks to assess their coordination, balance, reading, and memory abilities. During the second session, the child will be wearing a non-invasive brainwave-measuring EEG-fNIRS (Electroencephalogram-functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy) cap to assess their brain responses while listening to the sounds, tapping with their right hand, or doing both at the same time.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Marija Pranjić at / 416-425-6220 extension 3260. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Additional information

Version 1 (23/02/2022)

REB# 0509

Investigating the role of auditory and motor timing in synchronization abilities among children with and without developmental coordination disorder: An EEG-fNIRS study

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