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Research on children with Developmental Coordination Disorder/Dyspraxia

What is Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)?

It is the term used to refer to children who have movement difficulties that are unexplained by a general medical condition, intellectual disability or neurological impairment. Frequently described as "clumsy", children with DCD may have difficulties with the following:

At Home:

  • Dressing (manipulating buttons and zips, tying shoe laces)
  • Learning to ride a bike.

At School:

  • PE (throwing and catching, running and jumping)
  • Handwriting.

DCD is commonly associated with other developmental disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, specific language impairment and emotional and/or behavioural problems.

Our Research:

We focus our research DCD in children aged 5-16 years. In particular, we want to learn about DCD in the context of important childhood skills such as handwriting, ball skills and cycling. If your child visits us to take part in a project the will be fully assessed in line with the DSM-5 criteria for DCD. We will provide a report for the parent which summarises the findings of the assessment.