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Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD

Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD

Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD Research indicates that children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) exhibit significant impairments in general visual motor control and the processing of visual information.  For example, children with DCD have difficulties with: the ability to use predictive information to guide action, the pursuit tracking of objects and the […]

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Developmental Coordination Disorder and Sensory Processing

Developmental Coordination Disorder and Sensory Processing

The British Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on children with developmental coordination disorder and sensory difficulties to examine the co-occurrence of developmental coordination disorders and sensory processing and integration difficulties. Data was collected by reviewing the records of 93 children who were diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder (ages 5-12) and who were evaluated with […]

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Physical Therapy Interventions and Developmental Coordination Disorder

The Journal of Motor Learning and Development published a review to identify the types of interventions in physical therapy contexts used in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and whether these interventions are effective.  The systemic search revealed 29 articles of moderate to good quality to analyze.  The results indicated that: task-oriented approaches as well […]

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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 […]

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Graded Motor Skill Interventions in Children with Coordination Disorders

Delays in motor skill development may affect academics, activities of daily living, concentration, emotional and social skills.  The Journal of Early Childhood Research reported on a study of children (ages 3-6) with coordination disorders who participated in motor skill interventions over the course of two years.   The Early Years Movement Skills (EYMSC) checklist and the […]

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Kinesthetic Deficits in Children with DCD

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research comparing kinesthetic sensitivity in 30 children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and 30 typically developing (TD) children all between 6 and 11 years old. Each child put their forearms on a passive motion apparatus which extended the elbow joint at constant velocities.  The children had to focus on detecting […]

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Effective Frequency for Motor Skill Groups

As pediatric therapists, we often recommend how many sessions of therapy to provide. Here is a small but relevant study regarding the effectiveness of  two group programs on visual-motor integration, motor proficiency, gross-motor skills, and parental perception of motor difficulties in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD).   Children with DCD were divided into two […]

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ADLs and Children with DCD

Physical Therapy published research on the differences between 25 children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and 25 of their peers with typical development for activities of daily living (ADL) performance, learning, and participation, and the predictive values of these aspects. All of the children’s parents completed the DCD Daily-Q. The DCD Daily-Q is a 23 […]

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Core Stability Training Versus Task Oriented Training

Clinical Rehabilitation published research comparing core stability training versus task oriented training in improving motor proficiency in 22 children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD), ages 6-9 years old.  The intervention consisted of one time per week for 8 weeks, face to face sessions of either core stability exercises or task oriented training.  Children in both groups […]

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10 Intervention Tips for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder

Here are several, research based, helpful intervention tips to follow when working with children with developmental coordination disorder: Encourage practice of functional tasks required in the daily routine and everyday life. Practice multiple, short sessions versus one long session i.e. practice a skill 5 minutes per day versus 35 minutes/week. Vary the practice sessions. Facilitate […]