Chapter 19

Developmental co-ordination disorder


This chapter defines developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD) and considers prevalence and causal factors. It examines developmental processes considered to underpin DCD and ways of assessing DCD. Turning to provision, the chapter outlines aspects of the curriculum; pedagogy; resources; therapy/care and organisation.


Although DCD is the agreed term to describe and diagnose children with developmental motor problems, other terms continue to be used. A universally agreed set of characteristics has not yet been identified for these children because they vary considerably and DCD manifests itself in different ways (Ahonen et al., 2004, pp. 269–270). There is debate about DCD ...

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