DCD Educational Materials for Home, School, Physicians and other Health Professionals

The following resources are designed to help parents identify and manage school-aged children with movement problems typical of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Strategies written specifically for adolescents with DCD are also provided to help answer some of their questions about DCD. Parents interested in obtaining a diagnosis for their child should contact their family physician or pediatrician to ask more about DCD. Some primary care physicians are less familiar with this disorder. Several resources provided here have been found to be helpful, and may be shared with physicians. Additional resources are provided to guide parents who wish to obtain occupational therapy or physiotherapy services in Ontario. Families who are outside of Ontario should contact their family physician for information about appropriate services for their child. Tips and strategies on encouraging physical activity in children are also provided. Finally, a list of suggested readings on DCD that may be suitable for different audiences (including children with movement problems) is included here.

Translations of measures and materials on the CanChild website are performed by individuals who are fluent in both English and their own language. CanChild requires a ‘back translation’ of the document by a different person than the original translator to ensure accuracy. The customs and culture of various regions may not be reflected accurately unless a validation study has been conducted.

Resources

Resources to Share with Physicians

Encouraging Physical Activity:

Suggested Readings in DCD

School

Children who have coordination difficulties struggle with many routine tasks that other children do with ease during a typical school day. Printing, cutting with scissors, opening lunch containers, and playing games at recess can all be sources of frustration for a child with coordination difficulties. Older students who have mastered some of these basic skills may still have difficulties with organization of time/materials, quality/speed of written output, participation in physical education classes and in sports.

Classroom teachers can help students with motor difficulties meet the curriculum requirements of their grade level by making sure the task and the learning environment are right for the student. Teachers can also provide accommodations to help students complete their work and demonstrate their learning progress. The resources below provide information for educators, outlining common classroom issues, presenting specific strategies for all classroom grade levels (MATCH approach), and describing accommodations that have been found to help children with motor difficulties be successful at school. Parents of children with DCD may find these flyers useful for sharing information with their child's educators. Many of the flyers are also available in French/aussi disponible en francais.

Translations of measures and materials on the CanChild website are performed by individuals who are fluent in both English and their own language. CanChild requires a ‘back translation’ of the document by a different person than the original translator to ensure accuracy. The customs and culture of various regions may not be reflected accurately unless a validation study has been conducted.

Resources

"M.A.T.C.H." Flyers

Additional Resources

School Resources: Partnering for Change

The following packaged resources were developed through the Partnering for Change Study. Resources were developed for occupational therapists (ots) and teachers, working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and other motor coordination challenges. Specifically, 'Lunch & Learns' were developed for OTs to use with a group of teachers and 'OT Tips' and 'Additional Resources' were developed for teachers.

Resources for Students in JK/SK:

Resources for Students in Grades 1-3

Articles

Community

These resources provide information about developmental coordination disorder and describe ways that parents and community leaders (coaches, instructors, group leaders) can help children with DCD participate in physical and social activities with their peers. Parents of children with DCD may find these resources useful for sharing information with individuals in their community such as coaches and other group leaders.

Translations of measures and materials on the CanChild website are performed by individuals who are fluent in both English and their own language. CanChild requires a ‘back translation’ of the document by a different person than the original translator to ensure accuracy. The customs and culture of various regions may not be reflected accurately unless a validation study has been conducted.

Resources

Health Professionals

Physicians

When parents bring their children into the office for healthy child visits, this presents an opportunity to explore many areas of child development including cognitive, speech, language, gross motor and fine motor, social and self-care. The following resources provide information about Developmental Coordination Disorder and references that will be of interest to physicians. Children with DCD have difficulties with coordination and may be clumsy. Also available in French/aussi disponible en francais.

Translations of measures and materials on the CanChild website are performed by individuals who are fluent in both English and their own language. CanChild requires a ‘back translation’ of the document by a different person than the original translator to ensure accuracy. The customs and culture of various regions may not be reflected accurately unless a validation study has been conducted.