Background. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) affects the learning and performance of everyday motor skills. It commonly co-occurs with other developmental disorders and a range of associated psycho-social impairments. Recent evidence-based guidelines on diagnosis, assessment and intervention provide valuable information for practitioners. However these are directed primarily at German-speaking countries and focus on work with children.
Aim. The aim of this project was to consider the application of these guidelines in the UK and to extend them for use with adults with DCD.
Methods. Individuals with DCD, parents and professionals from a wide range of disciplines were invited to two workshops to discuss and debate the guidelines, to adapt them for the UK and produce dissemination materials.
Results. A working definition of DCD was agreed, minor revisions were made to the guidelines to reflect the UK context, an extension for adults was compiled and a series of leaflets was produced to disseminate this information to health and education professionals, parents and employers.
Conclusions. This work will raise awareness of the condition across different professional groups. It provides information to help those working with children and adults with DCD in the UK to assist in the process of diagnosis, assessment and intervention.
Barnett, AHill, EKirby, ASugden, D
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences\Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health
Year of publication: 2015Date of RADAR deposit: 2016-09-14