Personal profile


Having worked in biochemical research for a short period of time, Penelope Hannant’s career began as a class teacher progressing very quickly to senior management and ultimately headship, where she became an outstanding headteacher. During her 18 years in education she became specifically interested in how children learn and how to support any difficulties and so became a specialist teacher working in the autism outreach team, in addition to widening her skills as a speech, language and communication specialist and a specific learning difficulties assessor. Her interest led her to take further qualifications in both psychology and counselling and so her academic career began. She is now currently working as a research associate and studying for her doctorate with Dr. Sarah Cassidy at Coventry University.

Area of Expertise:

Education and Psychology

Research Interests

Autism / Sensorimotor development

Vision Statement


My primary research explores the relationship between sensorimotor development and the severity of symptoms in Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC). I am interested in both the psychological and biological basis of sensorimotor control. I am currently working on an intervention that may help alleviate some of the sensorimotor difficulties in autism, in addition to conducting research that explores similarities and differences between ASC and other movement disorders, such as Developmental Coordination Disorder.


External positions

Lecturer, University of Birmingham

1 Aug 2015 → …

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Research Output 2016 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Commissioned report

Sensory and Motor Differences in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Developmental Coordination Disorder in Children: A Cross-Syndrome Study

Hannant, P., Cassidy, S., Van de Weyer, R. & Mooncey, S. 19 Jan 2018 In : Human Movement Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Motor Skills Disorders
Autistic Disorder
Vision Disorders

SEN support: A rapid evidence assessment

Carroll, J., Bradley, L., Crawford, H., Hannant, P., Johnson, H. & Thompson, A. Jul 2017 UK Government (Home Office). 106 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
4 Citations

Dyspraxia and autistic traits in adults with and without autism spectrum conditions

Cassidy, S., Hannant, P., Tassavoli, T., Allison, C., Smith, P. & Baron-Cohen, S. 25 Nov 2016 In : Molecular Autism. 7, 1, 48

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Motor Skills
Social Skills
4 Citations

Sensorimotor Difficulties Are Associated with the Severity of Autism Spectrum Conditions

Hannant, P., Cassidy, S., Tavassoli, T. & Mann, F. 17 Aug 2016 In : Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 10, 28

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Child Behavior
Interpersonal Relations
Appointments and Schedules
6 Citations

The Role of Sensorimotor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Conditions

Hannant, P., Tavassoli, T. & Cassidy, S. 10 Aug 2016 In : Frontiers in Neurology. 7, 124

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Autistic Disorder
Social Behavior
Social Skills

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Participation in conference

International Meeting for Autism Research 2015

Hannant, P. (Speaker)
13 May 201516 May 2015

Activity: Participation in conference