Parental questions about developmental coordination disorder: A synopsis of current evidence Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In recent years, knowledge about developmental coordination disorder (DCD) has accumulated very rapidly. Considerable progress has been made in the understanding of DCD, but recent studies have not been compiled in a way that makes them easily accessible to practicing paediatricians. In the present paper, the literature is reviewed and organized around the questions commonly raised by parents of children with DCD when they meet with their paediatrician. Parents express concern and seek information about their child's movement difficulties. They want to know what causes their child's lack of coordination and whether DCD is the correct diagnosis. Are other developmental disorders involved? What can they do to help their child's daily frustrations? The present review addresses frequently asked questions through a critical appraisal of current research literature. Paediatricians who are familiar with the research evidence will be better able to recognize these children and to share information with parents.

publication date

  • October 2006