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Self Regulation Skills and Developmental Coordination Disorder

Self Regulation Skills and Developmental Coordination Disorder

The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics published observational research on self regulation skills and developmental coordination disorder (DCD).  The study included 15 children, with and without DCD and examined the differences in children’s use of self-regulatory and metacognitive skill during motor learning.  The self regulatory behavior of the participants was observed using a quantitative coding scheme and qualitative analysis of video-recorded sessions.  Data analysis indicated that children with DCD:

  • exhibited less independent and more ineffective self-regulatory skills during motor learning than their typically developing peers.
  • relied more heavily on external support for effective regulation.
  • were more likely to exhibit negative patterns of motivational regulation.

The researchers concluded that children with DCD experience difficulty effectively self-regulating motor learning.

Reference:  Sangster Jokić, C. A., & Whitebread, D. (2016). Self-Regulatory Skill Among Children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder: An Exploratory Study. Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics, 1-21.

Self Regulation Skills Curriculum

Move~Work~Breathe is a self-regulation curriculum designed by a school based occupational therapist, Thia Triggs. This curriculum provides an effective, time-efficient structured system to provide classroom breaks, improve self-awareness and self advocacy and teach specific self-regulation skills so that kids have tools to use in their classrooms. This system will get kids moving, give them the benefits of a brain power boost [from getting their heart rate up], give them heavy work and isometrics to help them calm down, and help them learn techniques to quiet and control their bodies in order to return to their academic work. FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION.