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Diagnosing developmental coordination disorders
  1. Amanda Kirby1,
  2. David Sugden2,
  3. Catherine Purcell1
  1. 1The Dyscovery Centre, University of South Wales, Newport, UK
  2. 2School of Education, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Amanda Kirby, The Dyscovery Centre, University of South Wales, Felthorpe House, Caerleon Campus, Lodge Road, Caerleon, Newport NP18 3QR, UK; Amanda.Kirby{at}


Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) affects around 5% of children and commonly overlaps with other developmental disorders including: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and specific language impairment (SLI). There is evidence to demonstrate the wide-ranging impact on all areas of functioning including psychiatric and learning domains. There is increasing evidence of the continuing impact into adulthood and the long-term negative effects on relationships and employment. There is a need for early identification and intervention to limit the likelihood of these secondary consequences from emerging. This paper addresses the diagnosis of DCD.

  • Child Psychiatry
  • Comm Child Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Neurodisability

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