Diagnosing DCD

If you think your child might have DCD, it may be helpful to visit your physician who can give a medical diagnosis and also rule out other causes of the coordination difficulties.

A physician will use these criteria to make a diagnosis:
  • Learning and execution of coordinated motor skills is below age level given the child's opportunity for skill learning.
  • Motor difficulties significantly interfere with activities of daily living, academic productivity, prevocational and vocational activities, leisure and play.
  • Onset is in the early developmental period.
  • Motor coordination difficulties are not better explained by intellectual delay, visual impairment, or other neurological conditions that affect movement