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Developmental Coordination Disorder and Handwriting

13th January, 2020

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Research was recently published on developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and handwriting to better understand handwriting dysfluency in children with DCD.  The study examined the accuracy and consistency of letter production both within and across different writing tasks.

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is defined by American Psychiatric Association as “children who have motor coordination difficulties unexplained by a general medical condition, intellectual disability, or sensory or neurological impairment”.  More specifically, handwriting difficulties are part of the formal diagnostic criteria for DCD.  In addition, one of the most common reasons for referral to occupational therapy for children with DCD is difficulties with handwriting.

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