Diagnosing Developmental Coordination Disorders

Catherine Purcell, Amanda Kirby, D Sugden

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292 - 296
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2013


  • developmental coordination disorder (dcd)
  • prevalence
  • diagnosis


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