Developmental Coordination Disorder - DCD (previously known as dyspraxia), is centred on the ability to carry out sequences of co-ordinated motor activity, and the planning and execution of tasks.

It is associated with problems of perception, language production and thought. Verbal DCD relates to difficulties in programming, sequencing and initiating the movements needed to make speech sounds and treatment is generally managed by a speech therapist. Motor DCD affects the planning and execution of movements in a coordinated manner and difficulties in these skills are generally addressed by an occupational therapist. 

Children who present with coordination delays can find the learning process more challenging, particulary when considering the written demands of school. Delays in motor coordination can also affect the child's ability to particpate in many activities of daily living and organisational skills.

 

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