Clumsy Kids Who Don't 'Grow out of It' – Developmental Coordination Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is widely recognized by the medical community, and there are a number of therapies in place. But as many as six percent of all children suffer from the less familiar Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Demonstrating a lack of refined motor skills, children with DCD tend to have a more difficult time playing sports and staying organized at school. They appear to be uncoordinated — and many parents think they’ll grow out of it. But research shows that may not be true.
Now Dr. Orit Bart and her colleagues at Tel Aviv University’s Stanley Steyer School of Health Professions have developed a questionnaire to assess how DCD kids socialize, and participate in daily activities, which may lead to new treatments and interventions.
“DCD kids are often described as clumsy. Because they’re usually of average to above-average intelligence, their disorder is rarely considered grave,” says Dr. Bart, a world-recognized expert in DCD. But she cautions that the disorder can have a profound effect throughout their lives.
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