Thursday 9 January 2014

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

DCD, or developmental coordination disorder, has come up in my practice recently.  I am currently working with one individual with DCD and am hoping to begin work with another this month.

DCD is a condition that is symptomatically expressed by delayed developmental milestones, poor motor coordination (gross and fine motor skills), poor muscle tone, poor hand-eye coordination/motor planning.

There are no indicated causes of the disorder, however there is a high comorbidity with ADHD (or perhaps the other way around?).  As well current research is exploring cerebellar dysfunction as a root to the condition.

Treatment?  "Individualized, task-oriented approach which focuses on the direct teaching of functional skills that children need or want to perform".  As everyone's abilities and goals are different, individualised programs allow for each person to develop general and specific skills.

No comments:

Post a Comment