Developmental Coordination Disorder

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.

Source: Understood.org

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Developmental Coordination Disorder

Developmental Coordination Disorder is a disorder that affects motor skills in children. This can occur when a child has a delay in motor skills development, has difficulty coordinating movements, and/or has difficulty preforming everyday tasks that most other children can do with ease. To be diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder a child must:

    • Have motor skill coordination and functioning substantially below what is developmentally appropriate for children of similar age.
    • Have motor skill difficulty persistently and it must interfere with daily living and functioning (meaning it impacts the child’s ability to perform academically, socially, and/or vocationally.
    • Symptoms must have occurred in early development. However, it is important to note that development can vary between children and therefore a diagnosis would likely not be made before the age of five.
    • Motor skills difficulties must not be explained by an intellectual disability or other impairment.

Children who have developmental coordination disorder may have trouble grasping objects, may continuously drop objects, may constantly bump into other objects or display clumsiness. They may demonstrate difficulty with tasks such as using scissors, writing, or riding a bike. Simple tasks such as buttoning a shirt or assembling a puzzle may be frustrating for a child with this disorder. Developmental coordination disorder occurs in about 6% of children ages 5-11. Treatment for this disorder may include neurofeedback, physical therapy, and social skills training.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596

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