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Developmental Coordination Disorder

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects motor performance. Children with DCD have awkward or clumsy movements that are slow and inaccurate. They have a history of delayed motor milestones and exhibit significant difficulty acquiring and performing the typical skills of childhood. Children with DCD require considerably more time and effort to acquire the motor skills their age peers appear to acquire with ease, and they perform substantially below normal on standardized measures of motor performance. Their motor coordination difficulties negatively affect all aspects of daily living involving motor-based activities, whether at home, school, or play (e.g., handling buttons or zippers, using a knife and fork, printing and writing, catching or kicking a ball, riding a bike, or participating in sports). Among ...

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