Management

Management

The key to managing the motor difficulties associated with DCD are interventions designed to increase opportunities to improve motor skills in an age appropriate and supportive environment. The focus should be on promoting successful participation in activities of daily living.

Research has shown that successful interventions are individualised, and task oriented focussing on particular skills. However success is best measured by transference of skills to activities of daily living. Further, individuals should be encouraged to be physically active to promote both physical and social development. For many, team sports are not be appropriate (perhaps try soccer), therefore individual activities such as swimming or martial arts may be better suited.

Occupational and Physical Therapists

Once other medical conditions have been ruled out, occupational and physical therapists, as well as exercise scientist play an important role in assessing and describing the motor difficulties present, as well as the impact on daily living activities appropriate to age. They can also play a valuable role in determining the most appropriate support strategies and intervention programs for ongoing management.

Prognosis

Improvement through intervention programs may occur over the long term and with persistence. Some grow out of the condition however many experience motor difficulties as adults. For more information about programs available in Western Australia, explore the Programs tab.

Useful Resources

CanChild “Encouraging Participation in Physical Activities for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder”. http://dcd.canchild.ca/en/AboutDCD/resources/DCDPhysAct_Dec9Final.pdf