Anne O’Hare

Professor Anne O’Hare is the Director of the University of Edinburgh’s Salvesen Mindroom Centre to Understand and Resolve Learning Difficulties.

Collaboration is essential in the effort to help children and young people, with learning problems, to reach their full potential.


My interests are in Paediatric Neurodisability and particularly within disorders of communication including specific language impairment and autism spectrum disorder. One of my long-standing areas of study is how children acquire good motor or speaking skills and how their developmental and sensory impairments impact their ability to learn.

My research is clinically based in child development and is carried out at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh. I also work in nurseries, schools and health centres around Edinburgh.

Neurodevelopmental disorders cause many different challenges for children, young people and their families, including speech and language impairments, global developmental delay and learning difficulties. There are also very specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and of course, autism spectrum disorder.

As well as being a member of the Patrick Wild Centre, I am the Director of the Salvesen Mindroom Centre To Understand and Resolve Learning Difficulties.

This centre without walls is funded by the generosity and vision of Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen. Working in partnership with key researchers in the University, NHS colleagues in Community Child Health and Neurosciences and the charity Mindroom, we will advance research and improve support and public outreach. We will also work closely with partners in Education and Children & Family services.

For progress to be made in this important area of neurodevelopmental medicine, collaboration and partnership are essential.


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