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Developmental Coordination Disorder

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What is DCD?

Frequently described as "clumsy" or "awkward" by their parents and teachers, children with DCD have difficulty mastering simple motor activities, such as tying shoes or going down stairs and are unable to perform age-appropriate academic and self-care tasks. Some children may experience difficulties in a variety of areas while others may have problems only with specific activities. Children with DCD usually have normal or above-average intellectual abilities. However, their motor coordination difficulties may impact their academic progress, social integration, and emotional development.

For a list of some of the more common characteristics that may be observed in a child with DCD, CLICK HERE


Succeeding At School

Children who have coordination difficulties struggle with many routine tasks that other children do with ease during a typical school day. Printing, cutting with scissors, opening lunch containers, organizing work on a page, tying shoes, buttoning jeans, playing games at recess can all be sources of frustration for a child with coordination difficulties. Older students who have mastered some of these basic skills may still have difficulties with organization of time/materials, quality/speed of written output, participation in physical education classes and in sports. These children may have Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). canchild.ca

What are common accommodations for students with motor coordination difficulties?

While all plans should be individualized and based on a child’s specific learning profile, there are quite a few accommodations that we have found to be helpful for many children who have motor coordination difficulties. CLICK HERE for a list of ideas.