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Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) describes a condition in which children have persistent difficulties in their ability to perform activities of daily living and self care, who often have motor and academic problems, that is not otherwise related to a neurologic cause or diagnosis.  A child may be described as “clumsy”.  DCD effects boys more often than girls and is typically diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 11.  It can be identified with other conditions such as ADHD, executive functioning disorders, dyspraxia and language difficulties.  Treatment interventions focus on task acquisition and practice of skills, strengthening and coordination activities and although children with DCD often have normal intellectual function, their academic progress may be impacted by their inability to complete school related tasks.