Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context

Barnett, Anna; Hill, Elisabeth L.; Kirby, Amanda and Sugden, David A.. 2014. Adaptation and Extension of the European Recommendations (EACD) on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) for the UK context. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 35(2), pp. 103-115. ISSN 0194-2638 [Article]

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Background: Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) affects the learning and performance of everyday motor skills. It commonly co-occurs with other 10 developmental disorders and a range of associated psycho-social impairments. Recent evidence-based guidelines on diagnosis, assessment, and intervention provide valuable information for practitioners. However these are directed primarily at German speaking countries and focus on work with children.
Aim: The aim of this project was to consider the application of these guidelines in the UK and to extend them for use 15 with adults with DCD. Methods: Individuals with DCD, parents, and professionals from a wide range of disciplines were invited to two workshops to discuss and debate the guidelines, to adapt them for the UK and produce dissemination materials.
Results: A working definition of DCD was agreed, minor revisions were made to the guidelines to reflect the UK context, an extension for adults was compiled and a series of leaflets 20 was produced to disseminate this information to health and education professionals, parents, and employers.
Conclusions: This work will raise awareness of the condition across different professional groups. It provides information to help those working with children and adults with DCD in the UK to assist in the process of diagnosis, assessment, and intervention.

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assessment, consensus statement, developmental coordination disorder, DCD, diagnosis, intervention, guidelines

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3 July 2014Accepted
23 September 2014Published Online
23 September 2014Published

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30 Sep 2014 08:38

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29 Apr 2020 16:05

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