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Developmental Coordination Disorder


Project description

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.

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 at home when dressing (manipulating buttons and zips, tying shoe laces) or learning to ride a bike. At school such children may find PE challenging (throwing and catching, running and jumping) and have difficulties with their 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.

Participate in our research

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.