Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

“DCD occurs when a delay in the development of motor skills, or difficulty coordinating movements, results in a child being unable to perform common, everyday tasks. By definition, children with DCD do not have an identifiable medical or neurological condition that explains their coordination problems.” (

Children with DCD may be described as “clumsy” or “awkward” and may present with difficulties including the following:

  • Maintaining balance
  • Being able to quickly change their movement in new situations
  • Moving their bodies accurately and efficiently
  • Learning new movements
  • Predicting the outcome of their movements
  • Finding and using solutions to motor task challenges
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