Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD)

Parents and teachers are often referred to a child being “clumsy” or “awkward”. Children with DCD have difficulty mastering simple motor activities, such as tying shoes or going downstairs and are unable to perform age-appropriate academic and self-care tasks. DCD motor coordination difficulties may impact a child’s academic progress, social integration, and emotional development.

DCD can also be associated with other developmental conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities (LD), speech-language delays, and emotional and behavioral problems.

Doing coordinated movements is a complex process that involves many different nerves and parts of the brain.

Any problem in this process could potentially lead to difficulties with movement and coordination.

Although DCD does not affect how intelligent a child is, it can make it more difficult for them to learn, particularly producing written work and they may require extra help from parents and teachers to keep up at school