What is DCD?
DCD is common: Clinicians may see children with DCD without knowing it!
Coordination difficulties are the most characteristic feature of DCD.Children with DCD are frequently described by their parents and teachers as being "clumsy" or "awkward". They have difficulty mastering simple motor activities compared to other children their age, such as climbing stairs or playing ball games, 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.
- Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is the internationally recommended term for this condition; however, terms such as developmental dyspraxia may still be used
- DCD affects 5-6% of school-aged children, or approximately 1-2 students in every classroom
- DCD is a neurodevelopmental disorder (DSM-IV), but the areas of the brain contributing to the motor difficulties are not yet known with certainty