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Definition Return to top
Developmental coordination disorder is a childhood disorder marked by poor coordination and clumsiness.
Causes Return to top
Roughly 6% of school-age children have some degree of developmental coordination disorder. Children with this disorder may trip over their own feet, run into other children, have trouble holding objects, and have an unsteady gait.
Developmental coordination disorder may appear alone or in conjunction with other learning disorders, such as communication disorders or disorder of written expression.
Symptoms Return to top
Children with developmental coordination disorder have difficulties with motor coordination compared to other children the same age. Some common symptoms include:
Exams and Tests Return to top
Physical causes and other types of learning disabilities must be ruled out before the diagnosis can be confirmed.
Treatment Return to top
Physical education and perceptual motor training are the best approaches for treating coordination disorder.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
How well a child does depends on the severity of the disorder. The disorder does not get worse over time. It usually continues into adulthood.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call for an appointment with a health care provider if you are concerned about your child's development.
Prevention Return to top
Affected families should make every effort to recognize existing problems early and have them treated. Early treatment is beneficial to future success.Update Date: 10/18/2008 Updated by: Jennifer K. Mannheim, CPNP, private practice, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.