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Disease or Condition — Mental Disorders:
dyspraxia

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Description

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to coordinate and perform everyday motor tasks. It is also known as developmental dyspraxia or motor learning difficulty. People with DCD have difficulty with motor skills such as running, jumping, writing, and tying shoelaces. They may also have difficulty with activities such as playing sports, riding a bike, or using scissors. DCD is not caused by a physical disability or a lack of intelligence, but rather by a difficulty in processing information from the brain to the body. It is estimated that up to 6% of children have DCD, and it is more common in boys than girls. Treatment for DCD typically involves physical and occupational therapy, as well as strategies to help the person learn to better coordinate their movements.

Synonyms
  • clumsiness syndrome
  • DCD
  • developmental coordination disorder
  • dyspraxia syndrome
Symptoms (patient's findings)
  • lifelong repeated falls
  • lifelong unsteadiness on feet
  • low self-esteem
Signs (examiner's findings)
  • dysgraphia
  • learning disorder

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