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Pediatric Therapy Corner Too: Problems with Coordination

Editor’s Note:  Thank you to PediaStaff friend and author, Lindsay Biel for recommending this article!

[Source:  Child Mind Institute]

It’s no surprise that children differ in how coordinated they are, and how early they develop motor skills. But when children are notably uncoordinated, compared to their peers, and fail to meet milestones for motor development, they may have a disorder called developmental coordination disorder (DCD), or dyspraxia.

Children with developmental coordination disorder drop things, break things, bump into things — the disorder was originally called clumsy child syndrome. They may have trouble eating with a spoon, holding a crayon. When preschoolers are singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” they can’t do the hand gestures to make the spider climb up the waterspout.

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