How DCD Affects Learning
DCD is characterized by motor coordination difficulties that impact a child’s success in daily and academic life, recreation, and play (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Children with DCD have challenges completing everyday activities such as tying laces, cutting with scissors, handwriting, skipping, throwing, and catching, despite being of average or above average intelligence.
Many children with DCD will have co-occurring language-based and non-verbal learning difficulties, attention challenges, and/or difficulties with memory, planning, and organisation. Despite their difficulties, children with DCD can be successfully managed in the education setting through critical changes to learning environments, and adaptations to learning tools to help them reach their full potential.
Reference: American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.