Developmental Coordination Disorder
Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD) also know as developmental dyspraxia, are characterized as being "clumsy" or "awkward".

Other Names
Clumsy Child Syndrome
Perseptuo-motor Dysfunction
Minimal Brain Dysfunction
Motor-learning Difficulty
Sensory-integrative Dysfunction
Spatial Problems
Visuo-motor Difficulties
or more specifically Dysparaxia or Dyslexia.

Children with developmental coordination disorder have difficulties with motor coordination as compared to other children of the same age. These children have difficulties in mastering gross motor coordination tasks such as crawling, walking, jumping, standing on one foot, catching a ball and fine coordination task such as tying shoelaces. Some children also demonstrate expressive speech problems.

The essential feature of Developmental Coordination Disorder is a marked impairment in the development of motor coordination.

Performance in daily activities that require motor coordination is substantially below that expected given the person's chronological age and measured intelligence. This may be manifested by marked delays in achieving motor milestones (e.g., walking, crawling, sitting), dropping things, "clumsiness," poor performance in sports, or poor handwriting.

Children with developmental coordination disorder have difficulties with motor coordination compared to other children the same age. Some common symptoms include:

Delays in sitting up, crawling, and walking
Problems with handwriting
Problems with gross motor coordination (jumping, hopping, standing on one foot)
Problems with fine motor coordination (tying shoelaces, tapping one finger to another)
Clumsiness

Learn more about DCD on (for instance) the following websites:

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus

www.psychnet-uk.com

www.canchild.ca

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